Six Former LSU Tigers Open Tuesday On NBA Rosters
Communications Sr. Associate
BATON ROUGE – The 2017-18 National Basketball Association season begins on Tuesday and six former Tigers are listed on opening rosters for teams entering the opening week.
Although it is a year delayed, the 2016 NBA No. 1 pick will have a national television debut on Wednesday night when Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers travel to Washington for a 6 p.m. contest on ESPN. Simmons, who missed all of last year with a preseason scrimmage leg injury, averaged 22.8 minutes in the preseason with numbers of 11.4 points per game, 6.2 rebounds a game and 5.4 assists.
Also on Wednesday in 6 p.m. CT games, Johnny O’Bryant III and the Charlotte Hornets will travel to Detroit. O’Bryant III, who signed a multi-year contract with Charlotte at the end of last season, averaged 16.2 minutes in the preseason, 6.8 points and 3.6 rebounds.
Jordan Mickey and his new team, the Miami Heat, will be on the road to take on Orlando. Mickey, who signed a guaranteed contract with the team after a couple of years going back and forth between Boston and the Maine G-League team, averaged 12.2 minutes in preseason play, scoring 5.5 points per game and 3.3 rebounds.
Jarell Martin enters his third year in Memphis and the Grizzlies will host the New Orleans Pelicans in a 7 p.m. CT game televised in South Louisiana on FSNOLA. Martin, who battled injuries his first two years, averaged 16.6 minutes per game and posted 10.4 points a game, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists.
Garrett Temple, in his ninth season in the league, is now the senior member of the LSU contingent in the NBA as he enters his second year in Sacramento. He averaged 23 minutes a game and had numbers of 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists a game. The Kings host on Wednesday at 9 p.m. CT against the Houston Rockets.
Rookie Antonio Blakeney, who after two years at LSU, made a good enough impression with the Chicago Bulls in the summer league to earn a two-way contract with the Bulls. It is a contract that will allow him to be with the Bulls at points during the season as well as with their G-League franchise, the Windy City Bulls. Chicago opens Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Toronto. Blakeney averaged 7.7 minutes in the preseason and 4.5 points.
Brandon Bass and Justin Hamilton, who both played in the league last season, have both signed contracts with teams in China for this basketball season, and Tim Quarterman, who played for the Portland Trail Blazers last year, was traded to Houston and was one of their final cuts over the weekend.