Eight former IU basketball players vie for NBA roster spots – The Daily Hoosier
Some are certain to team up, while others are hoping to capitalize on a chance.
A total of eight former IU basketball players are in training camps as the NBA begins its 77th regular season on Tuesday, October 18. And when you hit hardwood, it sets a new standard.
Camps opened Sept. 27 and pre-season action began Sept. 30.
Here are the eight Hoosiers vying for spots on the roster.
OG AnunobyToronto Raptors
Put Anunoby in the category of a lock to make the Raptors roster as he continues to climb the NBA ranks. He is entering his sixth year with the Raptors.
The two-year-old IU star averaged a career-high 17.1 points per game a season ago and started 227 career games during his career. Anunoby averaged double digits in each of his last three seasons and won an NBA title with Toronto in 2019.
Thomas BryantLos Angeles Lakers
Bryant is also entering his sixth season in the league and returning to the team that originally drafted him, the Los Angeles Lakers, after spending the past four years in Washington.
During his four seasons with the Wizards, he started 108 games and averaged 11.0 points and 6.2 rebounds. He has played just 37 games over the past two years with injuries being cut short every season.
Eric GordonHouston Rockets
Already the league’s longest-serving active Hoosier, Gordon will enter his 15th season in the NBA and become the league’s longest-serving Hoosier of all time, surpassing the legendary Walt Bellamy.
Gordon will enter his seventh season with the Houston Rockets. The one-time IU star was originally a lottery pick with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2008, he also played in New Orleans. Gordon averaged 16.4 points per game and started 570 games in his career.
Romeo LangfordSan Antonio Spurs
Langford is entering his fourth year in the NBA and this will be his first full season with the San Antonio Spurs. He started his career as a Boston Celtics lottery pick.
The product of New Albany, Ind. and IU’s one-time star has averaged 3.6 points in 98 games, including 4.7 with the Celtics last year.
Juwan MorganLos Angeles Clippers
Morgan joined the fourth team of his NBA career while adjusting to the Los Angeles Clippers on a training camp deal. He previously played for the Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors.
Morgan appeared in 52 games and he averaged 1.5 points per game.
Victor OladipoMiami Heat
The former No. 2 pick in 2013 hopes this is the year he puts a series of injuries behind him and returns to NBA All-Star form. He averaged a career-high 23.1 points with the Pacers in 2017-18.
Oladipo played 462 games and scored 8,054 points in his nine-year career.
Noah VonlehBoston Celtics
The former lottery pick is in camp with the Celtics after playing overseas for the first time last year. Vonleh played for Portland, Chicago, New York, Brooklyn, Minnesota and Denver during his eight years in the league.
He peaked in 2018-19 when he started 57 games for the Knicks and averaged 8.4 points and 7.8 rebounds.
Cody ZellerUtah Jazz
Zeller is on a training camp deal with the Jazz, looking to play his tenth season in the NBA. He played eight seasons in Charlotte and last year in Portland.
For his career, Zeller started 273 games and averaged 8.5 points and 6.0 rebounds.
NBA teams must complete their rosters by Oct. 17.
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