Duke in the NBA: Bagley hits near-perfect accuracy, Griffin sees minutes rise amid double-digit performances

By | November 25, 2022

The NBA season is underway and a number of other former Duke gamers have paved the best way for his or her professional groups. The Blue Zone seems again on the previous week:

Marvin Bagley III

After battling a knee damage for the beginning of the season, Bagley joined the Pistons rotation on November 12. The 23-year-old middle has performed nice basketball since returning and has scored in double figures in every of his final 4 video games. His latest success was highlighted by a 19-point efficiency within the Pistons’ 125-116 win over Jazz Wednesday, wherein he shot 90.0 p.c from the sector. Bagley has additionally considerably improved his free throw capturing this season, recording 92.3% from the tape, in comparison with a profession common clip of 66.9%.

AJ Griffin

The Hawks rookie is having a really profitable week, ignited on Saturday by a game-winning layup in additional time towards the Raptors. Previous to this week, Griffin had scored in double figures solely twice this season. Nonetheless, he has finished so in every of the Hawks’ final three video games. The Ossining, NY native scored 17 factors within the Hawks’ 124-122 win over the Raptors and 114-102 loss to the Cavaliers on Monday. Griffin noticed his minutes improve on account of that manufacturing, as he performed half-hour or extra in these two video games.

Jayson Tatum

Tatum has continued to impress this season and his aspect have received 10 of their final 11 video games. The Celtics star lately scored 37 factors within the workforce’s 125-112 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday. His multifaceted method to the sport made him harmful, as he additionally helped on the defensive finish. Dallas’ greatest participant Luka Doncic scored simply two factors and had two turnovers when guarded by the Celtics’ beginning ahead. Together with his season-high 13 rebounds towards the Mavericks, Tatum has grabbed 10 or extra rebounds in 4 of Boston’s final six video games.

RJ Barrett

It has been a strong season for the fourth-year Canadian professional. He is scored in double figures in all however one recreation this season. Within the Knicks’ 129-119 win over the Thunder on Monday, Barrett put in a terrific efficiency. He scored 25 factors and had eight rebounds within the contest. Not solely did Barrett document a excessive level whole, however he additionally drained 10 subject targets, tied for his season-high, which got here Nov. 11 towards the Pistons. Barrett additionally shot 62.5% from the sector within the contest, which is his highest accuracy score thus far this yr.