LSU Tigers in the NBA, 2017-18
Communications Student Assistant
Here is the update on LSU players in the NBA and the NBA G-League as of Oct. 23, 2017:
Antonio Blakeney – Chicago Bulls – 1 game, 1 minute per game, 1-1 FG, 100% FG percentage … 2 ppg
Antonio Blakeney made his NBA debut on Oct. 19th vs. the Toronto Raptors tallying one minute of action. He made the most of that minute by making his only attempt of the night and scoring his first two points of his career. He was listed as DNP for the Bulls second game of the season vs. the Spurs
Jarell Martin – Memphis Grizzlies – 2 games, 24 minutes per game, 4-13 FG, 28.6% FG, 0-4 3pt FG, 0% 3pt FG, 2-2 FT, 100% FT … 5 ppg, 5 rpg, 1 steal per game, 0.5 bpg
Jarell Martin received his first game-time action in the Grizzlies season opener vs. the Pelicans on Oct. 18. He tallied 2 points, 5 rebounds, and one block over the course of 19 minutes. Three days later, the former LSU product worked his way into the Grizzlies starting lineup. In 29 minutes of play he accumulated 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Jordan Mickey – Miami Heat – 1 game, 14 minutes per game, 4-5 FG, 80% FG, 0-1 FT, 0% FT … 8 ppg, 6 rpg
The former LSU block specialist made his season debut on Oct. 21 vs. the Pacers after being listed as a DNP for the Heat’s season opener. Cracking the starting lineup, Mickey helped the Heat towards a win with 8 points, 6 rebounds, and shooting 80% from the field in just 14 minutes of action.
Johnny O’Bryant III – Charlotte Hornets – 1 game, 14 minutes per game, 2-6 FG, 33.3% FG, 0-1 3pt FG, 0% 3pt FG, 2-2 FT, 100% FT … 6 ppg, 6 rpg, 1 apg, 1 spg, 1 bpg
Former LSU forward Johnny O’Bryant III began his second season with the Charlotte Hornets by playing 14 minutes and totaling 6 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists in a winning effort against the Atlanta Hawks. This is the first game that he has played this season due to being listed as a DNP the first game of the season.
Ben Simmons – Philadelphia 76ers – 3 games, 35 minutes per game, 18-42 FG, 42.9% FG, 0-2 3pt FG, 0% 3pt FG, 11-20 FT, 55% FT … 15.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 6 apg, 1 spg, 0.3 bpg
The former LSU star made his long awaited NBA debut vs. the Wizards on Oct. 18. In his first game, Simmons recorded a double-double tallying 18 points, 10 rebounds, and adding 5 assists. ESPN Stats and Info reported that Simmons has joined Grant Hill as the only players in the last 30 NBA seasons to post 15-10-5 in their career debut. Three games into the season, Simmons is making his mark by being one of only five players so far this season to record three double-doubles, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
Garrett Temple – Sacramento Kings -- 3 games, 25 minutes per game, 5-16 FG, 31.3% FG, 4-12 3pt FG, 33.3% 3pt FG, 3-4 FT, 75% FT … 5.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.33 spg, 0.3 bpg
The seven year veteran is seeing a ton of playing time in his second season with the Sacramento Kings. In three games so far this season, Temple has accumulated 75 minutes of play and 7 total steals, all coming off of the bench.