Iowa Basketball: Where Former Hawkeyes are Playing this NBA Season

The 76th season of the National Basketball Association pointers off…TONIGHT! YES! This 12 months, Iowa if truth be told has a former participant in a outstanding position. Let’s pass!

Keegan Murray

Iowa’s highest-ever draft select had himself a summer time – he was once the famous person of Summer League in Las Vegas, profitable MVP whilst averaging 23 issues, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and a thieve. Not unhealthy! He then carried that shape into preseason, averaging 16 issues a recreation in his two preseason appearances. He’s simply been some of the giant tales of preseason as Sacramento appears to wreck their postseason drought (with the Seattle Mariners making the playoffs this 12 months, Sacramento now owns the longest postseason drought in North American sports activities; hell, they haven’t received 40 video games in a season since that remaining playoff look, in 2005-2006).

Here is a handy guide a rough spotlight bundle from Keegan’s first preseason recreation, towards the Los Angeles Lakers:

Keegan completed with 16 issues, 6 rebounds, 1 help, and a couple of steals in 21 mins off the bench. That’s a very good line rounded out through 7-11 taking pictures (2-4 from 3) for a groovy +19 at the night in a 105-75 rout.

In his 2d and ultimate preseason recreation, Keegan got here off the bench and delivered every other 16-point recreation, going for 16 issues, 3 rebounds, 1 help, 2 steals, and 1 block whilst taking pictures 5-6 from the sphere (5-6 from 3 – YO) in a 126-94 stampede of the Portland Trail Blazers.

It’s now not transparent if Keegan might be a starter or a bench participant for the Kings – we’ll to find out Wednesday night time – however head trainer Mike Brown has already stated he’ll get heavy mins both approach. It received’t topic, given Brown’s feedback. He’ll be in for reliable mins all 12 months.

Because we’re such nice pals with DraftKings, we need to communicate Rookie of the Year. Murray is actually within the hunt right here. The most sensible general select, the Orlando Magic’s Paolo Banchero, is the front-runner at +180, and given this award is most often a “best stats” award, he may simply win it. However, this may well be a state of affairs the place Banchero has moderately higher stats however Sacramento makes an actual playoff push, which might tilt this from a person award to a crew award and it is going Murray’s approach (he’s at +550 and the second one favourite for the award).

Oh and that Kings over/below is 33.5. HAMMER THE OVER. It can be an enormous unhappiness if Sacramento isn’t no less than creating a run for a play-in spot. Do that and so they sail previous 33.5.

Wager at your individual chance!

Luka Garza

Unfortunately, Luka Garza was once reduce through Detroit June 29. After a temporary stint with Portland’s Summer League outfit, Garza was once picked up through the Minnesota Timberwolves in August then signed a two-way deal October 15.

He’ll pass backward and forward between Des Moines and Minneapolis. Our personal Bartt Pierce will give you the option to satisfy Luka Wednesday because the T-Wolves open the season towards Oklahoma City. That is best than anything else I’ll do Wednesday.

Joe Wieskamp

This is the disappointing segment of this tale. I figured Joe Wieskamp would make the San Antonio roster, however he was once waived through the Spurs the day before today to succeed in 15 avid gamers – the general reduce.

That’s a bummer for Wieskamp, who was once destined to be the quintessential Spurs man that makes giant 3s off the bench in a the most important playoff recreation that leaves everybody screaming, “WHO IS THAT?????” Unfortunately, he shot poorly in preseason and if he’s now not making pictures, he doesn’t have a task. Wieskamp performed in 3 of San Antonio’s 5 preseason video games and had as many made box objectives as DNPs (2-14 from the ground in his 3 appearances).

Tyler Cook

Cook additionally reveals himself out of labor within the remaining 3 days, as he was once waived through the Utah Jazz on October 15. Cook’s performed in 65 video games over his profession, suiting up for Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Brooklyn, and Chicago.

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