The NBA’s 73rd NBA season tips off tomorrow and a fantastic group of Washington-area guys are gearing up for another season on the hardwood.
There will be plenty of native Washingtonians along with Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars taking the floor. Here’s a look at where they stand entering the 2018-19 NBA Season.
Jamal Crawford (Seattle)-Phoenix Suns
The 19-year NBA vet finally landed on an NBA roster just a day before the season began signing with the Phoenix Suns. The move to Phoenix makes it the eighth NBA team Crawford has suited up for.
Year 19, lets get it.
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) October 15, 2018
Avery Bradley (Tacoma)-Los Angeles Clippers
After a six-season stay with the Boston Celtics, Bradley played for two different franchises in the 2017-18 season after he was traded to the Detroit Pistons in the summer of 2017. After a brief stint with the Pistons, Bradley was traded shortly before the trade deadline to the Los Angeles Clippers. This past summer, he signed a free agent deal to remain with the franchise.
Zach LaVine (Renton)-Chicago Bulls
The Bulls dynamic guard is returning to action after being shut down last April as he was attempting to come back from an ACL injury. Expect LaVine to be a focus in the Bulls offense and so far the reviews have been good as LaVine has been up to his old tricks when getting above the rim.
Dejounte Murray (Seattle)-San Antonio Spurs
With the Spurs in a transtional phase after the retirements and exits of some of their more veteran players, Murray was expected to have an important role in the team’s rebuild. Sadly, that will not happen in the 2018-19 season as Murray was sidelined for the season on October 8th with an ACL injury.
Jason Terry (Seattle)-Milwaukee Bucks
The 10th overall pick from the 1999 NBA Draft has been drinking from the fountain of youth for the past few seasons and hopes to help the Milwaukee Bucks make a deep run in the Eastern Conference this season.
Isaiah Thomas (Tacoma, Washington Huskies)-Denver Nuggets
It has been a game of cross country pinball for the former Washington Husky, this time last season he was sitting on the Cleveland Cavaliers bench recovering from a hip injury. By mid-season, he was on his way out west to join the Lakers and over the summer, he signed a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets but will not be hitting the floor anytime soon as the franchise is taking their time into bringing him back on the floor.
On the far hoop, Isaiah Thomas. Still without a timetable to return. pic.twitter.com/X3b5z3xFEa
— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) October 15, 2018
Marvin Williams (Bremerton)-Charlotte Hornets
The 13-year vet returns for season 14 and will be a key piece in determining if the Hornets can get back into the playoffs for the first time since the 2016 season.
Markelle Fultz (Washington Huskies)-Philadelphia 76ers
Trusting the process was not been easy for Markelle Fultz, after only playing 14 games in his first NBA season.Entering year two, the guard is looking to build off the little success he had to push the 76ers to greater heights in a wide open Eastern Conference. Sixers head coach Brett Brown has faith in Fultz, so much that he will be starting the season opener against the Boston Celtics.
Brett Brown on starting Markelle Fultz to begin the season. pic.twitter.com/JGAtWTckJL
— SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) October 15, 2018
Marquese Chriss (Washington Huskies)-Houston Rockets
Things didn’t go so well for Chriss in his brief time as a member of the Phoenix Suns, Chriss is hoping that the offseason trade to the Houston Rockets will be the thing that can jumpstart his NBA career. It may be a little while before Chriss sees the floor as he’s still nursing an ankle injury and may not be ready to go in the season opener.
Terrence Ross (Washington Huskies)-Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic are expected to finish at the bottom of the Eastern Conference but in order for the Magic to climb out of the NBA’s basement, they will need to lean on the experience of Ross as he’s one of six players on the Magic roster with more than four seasons of league experience under his belt.
Aron Baynes (Washington State Cougars)-Boston Celtics
Sure, Aron Baynes didn’t have his best season stat wise but a Boston Celtics team that played in a Game 7, falling one win short of the NBA Finals there is a strong case that it was Baynes most important season to date. With all of the injury issues to the depleted Boston squad, Baynes was a key factor in pushing the Celtics as far as they did and he will be needed this season if they want to reach the finals for the first time since 2011.
Klay Thompson (Washington State Cougars)-Golden State Warriors
The most accomplished Cougar (not named LaVar Ball) enters his eighth season and has been a pillar of the league’s most successful franchise of the decade. However, this may very well be the last season for Klay Thompson in the Bay Area. His contract is set to run out at the end of the season and although he’s indicated he wanted to stay with Golden State, financially it may be a challenge.