Welcome to the weekly rundown of former Gonzaga Bulldog players balling in the NBA. We try and keep up so you don’t have to waste your time watching all of these games.
Kelly Olynyk - Miami Heat
(12.8 PPG, 7 RPG, 1.2 APG in 27 MPG)
Although the stats might not suggest so, Olynyk had quite the week with the head. In addition to shooting the ball rather nicely overall, he grabbed a career-best 16 rebounds in a win over the Charlotte Hornets.
Domantas Sabonis - Indiana Pacers
(18.2 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.6 APG in 35 MPG)
Sabonis is building upon last year’s amazing year in quite the fashion. He is averaging 18 points and 13 rebounds on the season, and ranks fourth in the NBA in total rebounds. He has four-straight double-doubles, bringing his total on the season to 14 (out of 17 games).
Rui Hachimura - Washington Wizards
(10.2 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.8 APG in 25 MPG)
It was always going to be an up and down season for Rui as he was thrown into the Wizards starting lineup and largely left to fend for himself on one of the worse NBA teams. This past week was one of the valleys for the Gonzaga product. Rui had a couple of largely forgettable games against the Kings, Nuggets, and Suns, although that was countered by a 16 point and 15 point effort against the Lakers and the Hornets, respectively.
Brandon Clarke - Memphis Grizzlies
(12 PPG, 6.5 RPG in 20.5 MPG)
Interestly enough, Clarke has started to come back down to Earth a bit as opposing coaches figure out how to make him less effective, on both the offense and defensive end. After registering 13 blocks in the first nine games of the season, Clarke only has four in the subsequent nine. He is still putting together some pretty efficient nights, stepping outside the line for the occasional three, but he hasn’t been able to put a highlight block reel together in quite some time.
Nigel Williams-Goss - Utah Jazz
NWG was brought back up from the Jazz’s G-League squad, the Salt Lake City Stars, but arrived with a sprained big toe, so he missed much of the week of action. Even without the injury, it is unlikely NWG would see any playing time with the Jazz. On the season, he has only appeared in four games.