Checking in on NBA Hoyas

As the college season takes center stage, we tend to lose track of the Hoyas that have moved on. Other Hoya bloggers have more exhaustively documented the professional exploits of all former Georgetown players currently balling; this is meant at a look just at the four currently playing in the NBA. It’s always good to see former Hoyas suiting up in the L, and Georgetown-ers’ success in the pros is a powerful recruiting tool for JTIII and his staff. Without further ado:

  • Jeff Green. The hero of 2007’s Final Four run is in his fourth year with artist formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics. Nearing the end of his rookie contract (and the expiration of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement), Green was not offered a contract extension by the Thunder, but that hardly seems to have affected his play. Flanking stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Green’s production has been consistent the last three years, scoring about 16 points per game to go with a steal, a three-pointer, and two assists in about 37 minutes per game. In other words, the well-rounded game all of us expect, an invaluable teammate to two thriving stars. His rebounds have decreased a bit, as emerging Thunder big man Serge Ibaka has pushed Green back toward the perimeter, but Green’s turnovers have also decreased as he plays smarter ball. While Green hasn’t become an All-Star, he has become an indispensable contributor to a likely 50-win team.
  • Roy Hibbert. Hibbidy started the year out on fire, averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds per game on nearly 50 percent from the field while showing the passing ability that Hoya fans know is characteristic. Chief among big Roy’s developments in the off-season is improved conditioning and strength, mostly thanks to his off-season MMA training. But the big fella’s season has hit the skids along with that of his team, the Indiana Pacers which, after a 9-7 start, are just 5-11 since the beginning of December. During that swoon, Roy averaged just south of 11 points and 7 rebounds per game on discouraging 41.6 percent shooting. While Hibbert’s progress since last year has been impressive, he’s still striving for the consistency that his former teammate Green seems to have attained.
  • Greg Monroe. Last year’s MVP has followed the arc of many rookies, struggling at first but slowly thriving on the virtuous cycle of better play followed by more minutes followed by better play. Monroe’s struggles through just 17.8 minutes of burn per game in November led to a scathing review by rookie evaluator David Thorpe, who pointed out that Monroe was getting one out of every four of his shots blocked, an atrocious rate. But Monroe’s coming along, upping his minutes, scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage in each passing month. On a size-starved Detroit Pistons squad, Monroe figures to get plenty of burn, and the improvement that comes with it. Hopefully soon, the big guy will be rivaling his Hoya forebears as solid NBA starters.
  • DaJuan Summers. Monroe’s teammate on the woebegone Pistons is a strictly cleanup-time player: of the eight games in which Summers has taken off his warm-ups, just two were decided by fewer than 10 points. In those games, Summers has played passably well against opponents’ scrubs, notching 4.1 points in about 8 minutes per. Unfortunately, Summers hasn’t done much more than score in his limited action, possibly explaining his reserved seat on the pine.

Check back Friday for a preview of the West Virginia game.

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