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BYU in the NBA: Preseason games lend to solid performances

An update on how the week went for former BYU players playing pro basketball.

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

This week was a good week for the former Cougars trying to find roles on NBA teams. Both Jimmer Fredette and Brandon Davies enjoyed solid performances in their preseason games.

Jimmer played in two games, Monday against Atlanta and Wednesday against Washington. He continues to play a significant amount of minutes as he recorded 16 against the Hawks and 20 against the Wizards. He averaged 11.5 points, 1.5 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game this week. He is shooting 56 percent from the field, 53.8 percent from three, and 71 percent from the free throw line. If Jimmer is to find a role with this team, those shooting numbers will have to remain high as his main competition for playing time, Austin Rivers, is currently shooting 35 percent in double the minutes.

Davies has had a very strong start to his preseason. He played three games this week against Boston, Charlotte, and Minnesota. He averaged 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist while playing an average of almost 19 minutes per game. It is worth noting that the game Brandon played the most, against Minnesota, rookie Nerlens Noel did not play because of precautionary reasons as he is coming off a major knee injury. Davies started that game for Noel. Hopefully for Davies, this is a sign that the coaching staff plans to use him as the main back up at the power forward position, although Arnette Moultrie has played roughly the same amount of minutes that Davies has.

European Updates:

Trent Plaisted is averaging 4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in 14.3 minutes for Limoges (France). In his best game, he scored 5 points and pulled 3 rebounds in 14 minutes against Rouen. Limoges is currently 3-0.

Lee Cummard is averaging 7.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 31 minutes for Okapi Aalstar (Belgium). His best game was against Vervier, in which he scored 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists. Aalstar is also currently 3-0.

Jonathan Tavernari is currently averaging 15.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in a starting role for Tortona (Italy). True to his Twitter handle, @For3JT, he has accounted for almost 1/3 of his team's 3-point attempts. He has shot 19 threes in two games, compared to 11 two-point shots. Tortona is 0-2.