Hoosiers in the Pros Update: NBA Edition
Feb. 19, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In the latest update of Hoosiers in the Pros, @ProBallHoosiers takes a look at Indiana players in the NBA.
With the NBA All-Star weekend over, let's look back at the season thus far for the three former Hoosiers playing in the NBA. Keep up to date with all Hoosiers playing in the pros by following @ProBallHoosiers on Twitter.
Victor Oladipo (@VicOladipo) is averaging 13.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He's shooting 41% from the field, 30.1% from behind the arc, and 77.7% from the free throws line. Oladipo has played in all 55 games for the Orlando Magic, starting 31 of them.
Oladipo was named the KIA NBA East Rookie of the Month for December. Among rookies, the balanced guard ranks second in minutes per game (31.7), second in points per game, eighth in field goal percentage, fourth in rebounds per game, third in assists per game, second in steals per game, and has four double-doubles and one triple-double to his credit.
A starter on Team Webber of the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Oladipo scored 13 points making 6-of-10 shots, and had one rebound, and four assists in his first taste of professional All-Star competition.
Beyond his triple double (26 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) on December 3 vs. the Philadelphia 76ers, Oladipo's best game thus far was on January 15 vs. the Chicago Bulls. In that game, Oladipo played 57 minutes and scored 36 points (all but two in regulation) pushing the Bulls to three overtimes. He shot 62.5% from the field that night, and completed his line with four rebounds, eight assists, three steals and a block.
Eric Gordon's (@TheofficialEG10) best game of the year was also on January 15. The 6-year veteran scored 35 points for the New Orleans Pelicans versus the Houston Rockets that night. He shot 64.7% from the field and including 6-of-9 from 3-point range. Gordon added three rebounds, six assists, and a steal that night.
On the year, Gordon is averaging 15.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 steals in the 49 games (all starts) he's played. He's shooting 44.1% from the field and 38.2% from 3-point range. Among NBA shooting guards, Gordon ranks 11th in points per game, ninth in assists, and seventh in steals.
Cody Zeller (@CodyZeller) has played in all 54 games for the Charlotte Bobcats. Usually the second or third player off the bench, Zeller is averaging 16.7 minutes, 5.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. His stat category season highs are 12 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks.
The Bobcats (24-30), currently sitting in the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, already eclipsed last year's win total (21) with 28 games still to play.
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