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Zags in the NBA: All-Star Weekend Was a Success

Domantas Sabonis, Brandon Clarke, and Rui Hachimura were all in attendance

69th NBA All-Star Game Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

If you were a Gonzaga fan watching NBA All-Star Weekend, you probably had a lot of fun doing so. Let’s make this a yearly occurrence for former Bulldogs, okay?

Domantas Sabonis - Indiana Pacers

18.3 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 4.8 APG, 54.1 FG% in 34.6 MPG (52 games)

Sabonis defeated reigning champion Jayson Tatum in the first round of the NBA Skills Competition and then Khris Middleton in the semifinals. Although he would eventually lose to Bam Adebayo in the championship, Domas proved he is one of the most skilled big men in the entire league.

In his first All-Star appearance, Sabonis finished with 2 points and 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. His squad, Team LeBron, came away with the victory over Team Giannis in exciting fashion, 157-155.

Brandon Clarke - Memphis Grizzlies

12.3 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 62.3 FG%, 42.0 3P% in 21.8 MPG (47 games)

Clarke represented Team World in the Rising Stars Challenge. He scored 22 points on 11-15 shooting and grabbed 8 rebounds (game-high). He had the best stat-line for his team besides RJ Barrett (27 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals).

Rui Hachimura - Washington Wizards

13.9 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 48.7 FG% in 28.8 MPG (30 games)

Rui and Clarke teamed up once again as they were both starters for Team World. That brought back some good memories from last season. Hachimura finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal.

Zach Collins - Portland Trail Blazers

9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG in 28.7 MPG (3 games)

Collins is doing individual workouts and shooting pregame, but he remains on the bench in a suit. The Trail Blazers haven’t ruled out the possibility of a return from the big man this season. Collins had surgery to repair his left labrum in November.

Kelly Olynyk - Miami Heat

7.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.5 APG IN 19.5 MPG (48 games)

Johnathan Williams - Washington Wizards/Capital City Go-Go

3.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG in 12.3 MPG (11 games w/ Wizards)


Nigel Williams-Goss - Utah Jazz/Salt Lake City Stars

0.4 PPG, 0.6 APG in 3.1 MPG (9 games w/Jazz)

As for Zach Norvell and Jeremy Pargo (who both recently signed a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors), both former Zags were told they will not be brought back to the team. Coach Steve Kerr said he wasn’t totally sure what went into the decision.

In three games with the Warriors, Norvell averaged 3.3 PPG on 27.3 FG%, 1.7 RPG, and 1.0 APG. Pargo, a 33-year-old who has played for four NBA teams and eight overseas clubs in his career, made a bit more of an impression. Jeremy averaged 8.3 PPG, 2.7 APG, and 1.0 RPG in 14.7 MPG during his three-game stint with Golden State.

*Arden Cravalho is a Gonzaga University graduate from the Bay Area... Follow him on Twitter @a_cravalho