Indiana Basketball: NBA Weekly Update

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - FEBRUARY 11: Cody Zeller #40 of the Charlotte Hornets dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 11, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - FEBRUARY 11: Cody Zeller #40 of the Charlotte Hornets dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 11, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

The Hoosiers in the NBA continued their stellar play, with multiple Indiana basketball players shining during the past week.

A full week after the NBA All-Star break had some great performances from former Indiana basketball players, after receiving some much needed rest.

With only OG Anunoby participating in the NBA All-Star weekend, the rest of the former hoosiers either spent some time back on campus or went back home for almost a week.

Every player has a different role for their respective teams, but almost all of them are either in the playoff picture as of now, or fighting to sneak in the top eight.

Let’s see how the players faired this past week.

Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets – 16.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists)

The 6-foot-4 guard, who has spent most of his time with the Rockets coming off the bench, has been inserted into the starting lineup as of late.

With a week high of 32 points against the Boston Celtics on Sunday, it was his third 30+ point game of the season.

Gordon has now hit at least three made three’s in eight of the last 10 games, one game of which he didn’t play in.

Weekly Stat Line: 18.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.7  APG, 43.2% FG, 34.4% 3PT  4-0 W/L

Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets – 10.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists)

His second full week back following a broken hand, Zeller was once again dominant in his performance.

Turning in a career night against the Golden State Warriors, Zeller finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and shooting 13-of-14 from the field in 37 minutes.

Zeller has provided the Hornets a much needed extra body up front as they continue to hold on to the eighth seed with the Orlando Magic.

Losing seven of their last 10 games, Zeller’s play may be what the Hornets need in order to sneak back into the playoffs.

Weekly Stat line: 15.5 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 61% FG 1-3 W/L

OG Anunoby (Toronto Raptors – 7.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists)

The two-year pro continues to be a good serviceable wing off the bench for one of the best teams in the league.

Still with some inconsistent minutes, a game in the teens, twenties, and thirties this past week, Anunoby finished with a week-high of 13 points, adding six rebounds, in their matchup against the Pistons, a game in which Kawhi Leonard sat out.

With the Raptors looking to win the Eastern Conference and find their way to the NBA Finals, Anunoby will play a huge role in their rotation as they make their way towards the end of the season.

Weekly Stat Line: 6.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 46.7% FG, 2-1 W/L

Thomas Bryant (Washington Wizards – 9.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.9 blocks)

In a whirlwind of a season for the Wizards, that has had more bad than good, Bryant continues to be a nice piece for Washington.

The 6-foot-10 forward continues to bounce in and out of the starting lineup, but always comes in and produces when he sees minutes.

The highlight of Bryant’s week was an 18-point and five rebound performance against the surging Brooklyn Nets.

Though the Wizards won’t make the playoffs, barring an incredible final stretch, Bryant will surely be in the future plans for Washington.

Weekly Stat Line: 9. 7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.3 BPG, 45.4% FG 2-1 W/L

Noah Vonleh (New York Knicks – 8.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists)

Though the Knicks continue to fall more games under .500, Vonleh has seen his production continue to be inconsistent.

The four-year pro scored in double-digits for the first time since Jan 27, putting up back-to-back double-doubles at the end of the week, while going 13-of-15 from the field combined.

Vonleh has found a home in New York, and should continue to be in the long term plans for the Knicks, whether it be a starter or a nice rotation player.

Weekly Stat Line: 13.3 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 78.3% FG, 1-2 W/L

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Yogi Ferrell (Sacramento Kings – 5.9 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists)

While the Kings made a couple moves around the trade deadline, Yogi seems to continue to be a middle rotation backup guard.

The 6-foot guard struggled this week going just 4-of-14 from the field, with the Kings going winless.

Ferrell has continued to play whatever role the Kings make for him, but with continued inconsistent shooting, his improved play could be something to keep an eye on for the current ninth seed in the Western Conference.

Weekly Stat Line: 4.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 16.7% FG, 0-3 W/L