Michigan Basketball’s 2022-23 season hasn’t gone as many hoped, but last year’s standouts continue to excel at the next level.
From rookies to veterans with career-best scoring averages, see how the former Wolverines fared in the NBA.
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(Listed alphabetically, with seasons played while in Michigan. Stats are for the current season, entering Tuesday.)
Moussa Diabate, F, Los Angeles Clippers (2021-22)
He’s started to become a favorite in Los Angeles in recent weeks, and is currently playing a career-best four-game streak with the Clippers after initially signing a two-way deal. Clippers.
Diabet has appeared in 14 games and is averaging 3.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per game, scoring 13 points and adding 5 rebounds in 30 minutes against Cleveland on Sunday. He averaged 15.8 points and 12 rebounds per game in eight G League games.
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Tim Hardaway Jr., G, Dallas Mavericks (2010-13)
Hardaway, the longest-serving former Wolverine player currently on the NBA roster (Trey Burke plays for the Stockton Kings of the G League), is having another solid season.
The 30-year-old has 13.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in 48 games (31 starts) but struggled Monday against Detroit with eight points on a 10-3 shooting. His shooting percentage from the floor is as low as 38.2%, which would be the lowest percentage of his career.
Caleb Hustan, F, Orlando Magic (2021-22)
The 32nd overall pick (second pick in Round 2) signed a four-year, $8.2 million contract with the Magic last summer and has appeared in 30 games this season. The 20-year-old is averaging 4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per game, and from three he’s on 28-of-77 attempts (36.4%). Hustan has recently spent time with his G League affiliate in Lakeland, and the Magic have put a healthy player back on their roster.
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Caris Levert, G/F, Cleveland Cavaliers (2012-16)
A high number of injuries have prevented Lebart from reaching the level once expected, but he continues to play a key role in the Eastern Conference’s fifth-placed team. The 28-year-old, who has been traded each of his last two seasons, has averaged 12.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 48 games.
In 48 games, he had a career-worst number of shots from the floor (41.1%), but recorded a career-best 3-point percentage (37.6%).
Isaiah Rivers, F, Detroit Pistons (2017-21)
Despite battling injuries all season, Rivers continues to play rotation minutes for the Pistons. Rivers, 24, is averaging 5.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 30 games. His overall shooting percentage and shot percentage from long range are each down nearly 6% from his rookie season, but he’s still hitting 36.4% from the third inning, an NBA average. outperforms his 36%.
Jordan Poole, G, Golden State Warriors (2017-19)
Poole, the third member of Golden State’s Splash Brothers, signed a four-year, $128 million contract extension before the season. He has appeared in 50 games this season and is averaging a career-high 20.8 points per game, but his goals on the field (43.7%) and his 3-points (32.2%) are the highest on the field. are both down from his 2021-22 breakout.
The 23-year-old Poole made the winning layup with one second left in last week’s 122-120 victory over Memphis and has scored 10 or more points in 29 of his last 30 games.
Duncan Robinson, G/F, Miami Heat (2015-18)
Robinson has been sidelined with a finger injury and has not played since suffering the injury on Jan. 2. Prior to that, he was out of the role the Heat hoped he would play when he signed a five-year, $90 million deal in 2021.
Playing 25-32 minutes per game over the past three seasons and starting at least 68 games each year, Robinson has played 17.9 minutes per night and has not started one of the 28 games he has played. Robinson, who has scored in double digits in his three years, averaged 6.9 points per game and had career-worst shooting his marks (36.8%) and his 3 seconds (36.8%). 33.1%).
Franz Wagner, F, Orlando Magic (2019-21)
Shortlisted for Rookie of the Year a season ago, Wagner took another step forward this season. Wagner is among the NBA’s top 50 with 19.9 points and 4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in the NBA.
The 21-year-old has started all 50 games for Orlando this year, scoring in double figures in 47 games and improving his shooting from the floor (49.1%) and 3 seconds (37.3%).
Moritz Wagner, F/C, Orlando Magic (2015-18)
Now on his fourth team in five seasons, Mo has found a home in Orlando with his brother Franz. He missed most of October and November with an injury (then got a two-game suspension for an altercation with the Pistons), but he’s back in form.
He is averaging 11.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 50% shooting percentage in 30 games. He scored his career-high 27 points against Chicago on Saturday and his 22 points against Philadelphia on Monday. He has scored 20 or more points in one game, twice in the season so far.
Former Michigan players in the G League: Eli Brooks (Fort Wayne Mud Ants), Trey Burke (Stockton Kings), Chaundy Brown Jr. (Austin Spurs), Charles Matthews (Windy City Bulls), Xavier Simpson (Lakeland Magic), DJ Wilson (Oklahoma City Blues) .
This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: How Michigan basketball players are performing in the 2022-23 NBA