Everyone seems to be focusing on Jimmer and that is justified given his fame and recent numbers in the NBA Summer League, but two other former BYU players are seeing some time as well. Brandon Davies is getting good minutes from the Detroit Pistons and Kyle Collinsworth is as well from the Dallas Mavericks.
It has been over five years now since Jimmer Fredette graduated from college as the National Player of the Year and since that time he has been quiet when it comes to production as an NBA player. However, Jimmermania is still alive and well and the recent events of the NBA Summer League have proven just that.
Jimmer started two games for the Denver Nuggets over the weekend and his numbers looked like he was in college (or the D-League) again. In those two games, he is averaging 22 points and 30 minutes per game. In addition to the production, BYU fans are reliving the magic he had in college with his “Jimmerrange” and his ability to get to the basket at will.
To say that summer league success is evidence that he has been dealt wrongly over his NBA career is unfair, but this could land him another spot on an NBA roster for the 2016-2017 season. And that is all Jimmer fans can ask for at this point.
Former standout center and Jimmer teammate Brandon Davies has been on two teams this summer. His numbers and minutes in three games with the Pistons were impressive. He has averaged 6.7 points, five rebounds, shooting 58.3 percent from the field in 13 minutes per game.
Since then, Brandon has been with the Chicago Bulls, but has not seen the same amount of playing time or production. He is averaging just 2.5 points on 25 percent shooting and 3.5 rebounds over two games. Unlike Jimmer, Brandon has spent time abroad and seen success there. The question now becomes if the 24-year old can find his spot on an NBA roster.
Kyle had his fair share of workouts with NBA teams this offseason and ultimately landed with the Dallas Mavericks for the summer league. He has since played in two games and put up four points in each. In his first outing, he showed his versatility adding four rebounds, three assists, and two steals to his four points in 20 minutes of play. Collinsworth will look to get more shots off in his remaining games with the Mavs as he has currently only shot five times in 32 minutes of action.
Stay tuned to Vanquish the Foe for continued coverage of former Cougars in the NBA Summer League.