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Syracuse in the NBA: 2018 Season Recap

Tyler Ennis

In his third full season in the NBA, Ennis has had perhaps the most productive season of his career. The former SU point-guard is playing roughly 12 minutes a game for the Lakers and averaging exactly four points a contest. Lately, though, with the Lakers out of contention and dealing with some injuries at the guard spot, Ennis has been playing starter minutes. On Sunday night he racked up a career-high 22 points.

Since inking a two-year deal worth roughly three million dollars with the Lake Show back in July, Ennis has been a pretty integral part of their guard rotation and is experiencing perhaps the most security he has had in his young NBA career.

Andrew White

White has bounced back and forth between the Atlanta Hawks and their G-league affiliate, the Erie Bay Hawks, since signing a two-way contract back in January. The Bay Hawks were eliminated in the semifinals of the playoffs last Friday. White tallied 12 points in the game on 5-11 shooting, while his former teammate John Gillon poured in a team-high 22 points on 9-10 shooting and fellow SU product Chris McCullough also added six points for the Bay Hawks.

Overall, White averaged 4.6 points in 15 NBA games this season for the Hawks. His highlight of the season came when he racked up a career-high 15 points in his NBA debut back on Valentines Day.

Jerami Grant

It was another strong year for Grant, who has crafted out a very nice career in the NBA as a role player since being drafted in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft. Grant tallied almost nine points per game while playing roughly 20 minutes a night for the Thunder. Not to mention, he has played in 79 of OKC’s 80 regular season games this season.

Grant will be an unrestricted free agent this summer ahead of what would be his fourth year in the Association. Regardless of whether he ends up back with Oklahoma City or not, it’s pretty clear he’s an asset that could help many NBA teams for the foreseeable future.

Wesley Johnson

With Danilo Gallinari bothered by injuries throughout the year, Johnson was thrusted into the starting small forward role for the Clippers for a bulk of the second half of the season and did quite well. The seven-year pro shot it roughly 34% from deep and averaged 5.4 points per game this season. After starting 38 games this season, Johnson now has a player option this offseason where he can decide if he’d like to come back to the Clippers for the fourth-straight year or test the free agency waters.

Carmelo Anthony

For the first time since 2009, Anthony was not selected to be an All-Star this season. However, that’s mostly a product of the fact that he is now playing alongside fellow stars Paul George and Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City. Despite not being the focal point of the offense, Anthony still managed to average 16.3 points per game. Plus, the 33-year old will now get to experience the luxury of playoff competition for the first time since 2013. Anthony, Grant and the rest of the Thunder are currently slated to be the seventh seed out west which might set up an intriguing first round matchup with the Warriors.

Michael Carter Williams

In his first year with the Charlotte Hornets, Carter-Williams averaged 4.6 points per game as the backup point-guard before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in early March. The 2014 Rookie of the Year’s contract is now up this summer.

Tyler Lydon

Lydon only saw the floor for two minutes of NBA action this year before he was sidelined for the remainder of the season with arthroscopic knee surgery in January. The 24th overall pick from a year ago is under a rookie contract with the Nuggets until 2021.

Dion Waiters

The injury bug also caught Waiters this year. The 5th-year-pro underwent ankle surgery in January but he continues to thrive with the Heat when he’s healthy. Waiters averaged 14.3 points a game in the 30 games he played in this season.

Malachi Richardson

Richardson spent almost the entirety of the second half of the season as a member of the 905 Raptors G league team after being traded to Toronto in a deadline day deal with Sacramento back in February. He averaged roughly 15 minutes off the bench in the G League playoffs and contributed 11 points in his team’s loss in the championship game. With two NBA seasons in the books, Richardson has seen action in 48 NBA regular-season games. 

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