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Checking in with the pros at the start of the new year

After checking in with our overseas Zags last week, we’re now going to get back with our boys in the NBA. Lets look at how the guys have been since the start of the new year.

Kelly OlynykMiami Heat

(2.5 PPG, 2 RPG, 0 APG in 7.5 MPG)

To be honest, Kelly has been a bit of a bench warmer these days, as shown in his stats. He had one lone rebound in the three minutes he played against Toronto and had five points and three assists in 12 minutes against the Magic, which did so happen to include one three-pointer. He failed to play in the games against the Trailblazers and the Pacers. Even though his shooting has been solid (45.5 percent on all field-goal attempts), he just hasn’t been producing much and has been drawing quick foals lately while on defense. Only time will tell what his role will end up being in Miami.

Domantas Sabonis – Indiana Pacers

(22 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 6.5 APG in 36.8 MPG)

The start of the new year has seen Sabonis putting up killer numbers – no surprise there. In the past four games, he’s earned three double-doubles, which included a monster game against the Heat. In that contest he finished with 27 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, making 10/13 field goals and 7/8 from the line. This guy continues to prove that he is insanely consistent. He was listed as questionable to play on Wednesday against the Heat after taking an awkward fall during the previous game against the Hornets. He exited the game against Charlotte but then returned to finish it out.

Brandon ClarkeMemphis Grizzlies

(8 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 0.75 APG in 19.5 MPG)

The rookie continues to put up stellar numbers during his first NBA season. In the win against the Suns, he went 10/7/0 in 22 minutes, including 5/7 field goals and 1 block. He’s shooting 64.5 percent from the field this season – the first NBA rookie to ever do so with at least eight shot attempts per game. In addition, his newfound 3-point shot has boosted his confidence. He’s shooting 45.7 percent from behind the arc so far this season. Clarke has grown so much beyond the initial expectations of his performance, that it is going to be really fun to see what else he does this season and beyond.

Rui HachimuraWashington Wizards

Rui will be reevaluated next week after sustaining a groin injury Dec. 16 in Detroit. He was originally expected to be out for only five games.