LOCALS IN THE NBA

Kuzma Filling In Nicely For LeBron James

Jan 1, 2019, 5:22 PM | Updated: Jan 7, 2019, 5:30 pm
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)...
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former Ute Kyle Kuzma is having to step up for the injured LeBron James to keep the Lakers in the playoff picture.

Damian Lillard had a great week with a 40-point performance against the Warriors.

Jakob Poeltl isn’t filling up the stat sheet but is getting some meaningful minutes for the Spurs.

Here’s how the locals did during Week 11 of the NBA season from December 26 to January 1:

Former Utes

Kyle Kuzma – Los Angeles Lakers (21-16)

The Lakers went 1-2 during the week mostly due to the injury of LeBron James. Kuzma has been relied on to step up in his absence. He scored 33 points, pulled down 9 rebounds and dished out 5 assists in the first game with James but the Lakers lost to the Kings.

Kuzma had 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in their loss to the Clippers but ended the week with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the Lakers win over the Kings at home.

NEXT UP: The Lakers have four games during Week 12, starting at home against Oklahoma City and New York before traveling to Minnesota and Dallas.

Jakob Poeltl – San Antonio Spurs (21-17)

The former Ute had 6 points and a team-high 11 rebounds in their win over Denver at home before putting up 7 points and 5 rebounds in Denver. Poeltl played just 10 minutes against the Clippers and had 3 points and 4 rebounds.

The final game of the week, he had 2 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the Spurs win over Boston.

NEXT UP: The Spurs will play three games during Week 12, beginning at home against Toronto and Memphis before traveling to Detroit and Memphis.

Delon Wright – Toronto Raptors (28-11)

Toronto won three of their four games during Week 11. Delon Wright had four points, three rebounds in their win over Miami. He chipped in six points and six assists in the Raptors’ loss to Orlando, while scoring eight points in the win over Chicago. He finished the week with eight points and two steals in their win over Utah.

NEXT UP: Toronto’s four games in Week 12 will start on the road against San Antonio and Milwaukee before hosting Indiana and Atlanta.

 

Former Wildcats

Damian Lillard – Portland Trail Blazers (22-16)

The Trail Blazers went 3-1 during Week 11. Lillard scored 21 points and dished out 5 assists against Golden State at home. He dropped 40 points in their road loss to the Warriors before scoring just 15 points but adding 7 rebounds and 5 assists in their dominating win over Philadelphia.

Lillard finished the week with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the Blazers’ win over the Kings.

NEXT UP: Portland will host Oklahoma City, Houston and New York during Week 12.

Locals in the NBA

Frank Jackson of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)...
Brian Preece

Jazz Add Frank Jackson To Roster As Season Tipoff Looms

The Utah Jazz have signed three players, including former Lone Peak High basketball star Frank Jackson ahead of the 2022-23 season.
2 months ago
Justin Bean - Utah State Aggies...
Kyle Ireland and Trevor Allen, KSL Sports

Former USU Forward Justin Bean Signs Training Camp Deal With Grizzlies

Former Utah State standout Justin Bean signed a training camp deal with the Memphis Grizzlies ahead of the 2022 NBA season.
2 months ago
Sam Merrill - Memphis Grizzlies...
Brian Preece

Report: Utah State & Bountiful Great Sam Merrill Finds New NBA Home

After being released by the Memphis Grizzlies in January, Sam Merrill has reportedly reached a deal with the Sacramento Kings.
4 months ago
Brandon Taylor #11 of the Utah Utes passes past Chase Fischer #1 of the Brigham Young Cougars in th...
Michelle Bodkin

Former, Current Runnin’ Utes Rally For Good Causes

The Runnin' Utes family, former and current, have been living that mantra the past few days giving back to the Salt Lake community through former Ute Brandon Taylor's basketball camp and charity showcase.
4 months ago
Kyle Kuzma - Washington Wizards...
Michelle Bodkin

Kyle Kuzma, Delon Wright Team Up On Winning Shot

Kyle Kuzma and Delon Wright teamed up on the game winning shot for the Powder League's Charity Showcase that benefitted Utah Foster Care Tuesday night.
4 months ago
Brandon Taylor #11 of the Utah Utes passes past Chase Fischer #1 of the Brigham Young Cougars in th...
Michelle Bodkin

Powder League, Brandon Taylor Teaming Up For Charity Showcase

Former Runnin' Ute Brandon Taylor is back in town playing for the Powder League this summer and together they are teaming up for a Charity Showcase to benefit Utah Foster Care on August 9th.
4 months ago
Kuzma Filling In Nicely For LeBron James