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Hoosiers in the NBA: How Former IU Players are Performing Through December

Nine former IU basketball stars are playing at the highest level of the game during the 2019-20 season.  We will be monitoring their seasons with monthly updates.

Below we summarize their year to date performance with NBA stats through December and provide a brief update on each player.

OG Anunoby – Toronto

With Kawhi Leonard gone, Anunoby has assumed a bigger role in Toronto, and so far he is delivering with career highs nearly across the board.  The former IU star has been inconsistent at times offensively and his shooting numbers dropped off in December, but Anunoby remains a defensive force for the Raptors.

2019-20 YTD Stats:

Games/Games Started – 33/32

MPG – 29.6 (career high)
Points – 11.0 (career high)
Rebounds – 5.8 (career high)
Assists – 1.6 (career high)
Blocks – .8 (career high)
Steals – 1.1 (career high)
FG% – .497 (career high)
3FG% – .352
FT% – .625

Thomas Bryant – Washington

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Under a new contract, Bryant was expanding on a surprise breakout 2018-19 season with increased production and a prominent role in Washington before a foot injury sidelined him.  Bryant has returned to practice and is expected back any day.

2019-20 YTD Stats:

Games/Games Started – 18/18

MPG – 28.4 (career high)
Points – 13.9 (career high)
Rebounds – 8.5 (career high)
Assists – 2.7 (career high)
Blocks – 1.0 (career high)
Steals – .4 (career high)
FG% – .549
3FG% – .286
FT% – .736

Yogi Ferrell – Sacramento

An early season injury to Kings’ starting point guard De’Aaron Fox created an opportunity for a bigger role for Ferrell.  Now the former Hoosier star will look to carve out a consistent spot in the rotation in Sacramento.  Ferrell is shooting a career best percentage from two-point range (51.4%) but he has had his share of struggles from behind the arc.

2019-20 YTD Stats:

Games/Games Started – 26/0

MPG – 13.7
Points – 5.2
Rebounds – 1.3
Assists – 1.7
Blocks – .1
Steals – .4
FG% – .425
3FG% – .268
FT% – .875

Eric Gordon – Houston

It has been a season of change and frustration thus far for Gordon.  First he has had to adapt to the addition of Russell Westbrook to the Rockets’ backcourt, and then struggles shooting the ball and ultimately knee surgery derailed his season.  Gordon has returned and is off to a fast start in his first two games post surgery, shooting 7-of-12 from three-point range and 10-of-19 overall in those contests.

2019-20 YTD Stats:

Games/Games Started – 11/3

MPG – 28.5
Points – 11.8
Rebounds – 1.7
Assists – 1.0
Blocks – .3
Steals – .5
FG% – .341
3FG% – .326
FT% – .583

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Romeo Langford – Boston

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The injury bug followed Langford to the NBA but the lottery pick has worked his way through it.  After a series of minor issues, Langford is with the Celtics full time and has been part of the regular rotation for the last seven games.

2019-20 YTD Stats:

Games/Games Started – 8/0

MPG – 11.0
Points – 2.6
Rebounds – .9
Assists – .1
Blocks – .3
Steals – .4
FG% – .389
3FG% – .222
FT% – .833

Juwan Morgan – Utah

Morgan signed an NBA contract with Jazz after a strong showing in the G-League.  In nine G-League games with the Salt Lake City Stars, Morgan has averaged 17 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks while shooting 69.8 percent overall and 55 percent from three-point range.

2019-20 YTD Stats:

Games/Games Started – 4/0

MPG – 3.8
Points – 0.0
Rebounds – 0.8
Assists – 0.3
Blocks – 0.3
Steals – .5
FG% – .000
3FG% – .000
FT% – N/A

Victor Oladipo – Indiana

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Oladipo’s long recovery from a major knee injury is almost complete.  The two time NBA All-Star is projected to return to the Pacers in late January.

Noah Vonleh – Minnesota

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Vonleh signed with Minnesota during the offseason and has thus far seen a much more diminished role this year after a highly productive 2018-19 season in New York.

2019-20 YTD Stats:

Games/Games Started -22/1

MPG – 12.9
Points – 4.1
Rebounds – 4.1
Assists – 1.0
Blocks – .2
Steals – .4
FG% – .530 (career high)
3FG% – .077
FT% – .833 (career high)

Cody Zeller – Charlotte

Zeller has dealt with a couple minor injuries but when healthy he is putting up some of the best numbers of his career in his seventh season in the NBA despite transitioning to more of a reserve role.  Zeller has put up three double-doubles over the last three weeks, but he has struggled from three-point range, which has been an new addition to his game this year.

2019-20 YTD Stats:

Games/Games Started – 33/20

MPG – 23.5
Points – 11.7 (career high)
Rebounds – 7.5 (career high)
Assists – 1.2
Blocks – .4
Steals – .6
FG% – .542
3FG% – .283
FT% – .686

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