Buffs in the NBA: Part 2

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It is that time again!

After the start of the NBA season, we took a look at the former Colorado Buffaloes in the NBA and examined how they were performing.

Now with the season approaching the two-month mark, it is time to check in again on these players.

Rookie McKinley Wright IV made some noise with the Minnesota Timberwolves and then exploded for their G League team.

Alec Burks has played well for the New York Knicks, and Spencer Dinwiddie is, well, Spencer Dinwiddie.

With the NBA season in full force, let’s dive in and take a look at how these former Buffs have fared during this 2021-2022 NBA campaign.

MCKINLEY WRIGHT IV

Oct 8, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard McKinley Wright IV (25) drives at Denver Nuggets guard Markus Howard (00) in overtime at Ball Arena. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately, Wright has played in just one game for the Minnesota Timberwolves and that was in October.

However, he has been a force in the G League. In six games, Wright is averaging 23.7 PPG with 5.2 rebounds and five assists while shooting 53.7% from the field.

Wright is knocking down threes at a high clip also, currently shooting 48% from beyond the arc.

Those are encouraging numbers, and it makes us wonder why he went undrafted in the first place.

ALEC BURKS

Dec 2, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Alec Burks (18) drives to the basket against Chicago Bulls forward Derrick Jones Jr. (5) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Alec Burks just continues to be Alec Burks.

He remains a rock and a key piece for the Knicks. Through 23 games, he is averaging 11.3 PPG with 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

Burks has posted double-figures in eight of his past nine games, including back-to-back 20+ point performances against the Hawks and Nets.

Moreover, Kemba Walker has seen his playing time decrease, a move that thrust Alec Burks into the starting point guard role.

Well deserved for Burks.

DERRICK WHITE

Nov 26, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White (4) shoots in the second half against the Boston Celtics at the AT&T Center. Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick White’s season has been up and down as the San Antonio Spurs try to figure out their identity.

Nonetheless, he is averaging 12.7 PPG in 20 games this season with 3.5 rebounds and five assists.

However, in the past three games, White has scored in double digits, including a 24-piece on November 29 against the Washington Wizards. He has been a starter for Gregg Popovich’s squad, but the Spurs are just 8-13 on the season in a rare disappointing campaign.

SPENCER DINWIDDIE

Dec 3, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) dribbles as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (10) defends during the first half at Capital One Arena. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The best for last, right?

Dinwiddie’s move to the Nation’s Capitol has worked out well for him. On the surface, he is averaging 13.7 PPG with 5.4 assists and five boards.

On the other hand, he is still trying to mesh with his new teammates after the Wizards had a massive roster turnover this past offseason.

Nonetheless, the Wizards are 14-9 and Dinwiddie should continue to thrive in that offense.

BONUS: CHAUNCEY BILLUPS AND JAMAHL MOSLEY

Nov 30, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers head coach Chauncey Billups calls out to his players during the first half against the Detroit Pistons at Moda Center. Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Chauncey Billups has dealt with a ton in his short time as the Portland Trail Blazers head coach. On Friday, they fired President and GM Neil Olshey after months and months of turmoil.

Despite that massive headache, the Blazers sit at 11-13 and are in the running for the play-in tournament.

Yes, it is early, but Billups has shown promise as a head coach.

Meanwhile, Orlando head coach Jamahl Mosley has led an extremely young Magic team to a 5-19 record in his first season. But they did recently beat the Nuggets.

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