Now that the NBA season is past the halfway mark, it is a good time to check in on how former Virginia Cavaliers players have done so far this season. There are five current Hoos in the league, four of whom are seeing substantive minutes, while the fifth, London Perrantes, is just beginning his career out of the G League (forever the D League).
Malcolm Brogdon – Milwaukee Bucks
The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year has picked up right where he left off last season. Brogdon has played in 44 of Milwaukee’s 46 games this season, including starting in 18 of them. Malcolm averages 31 minutes per game and has increased his scoring average to 13.7 points per game. He had a double-double with 21 points and 10 assists in a game in November and a career high 32 points in a game this week. Brogdon has had to deal with some shake ups with the Bucks as Milwaukee traded for guard Eric Bledsoe during the season which cut into Malcolm’s minutes and their coach Jason Kidd was just fired. Milwaukee is currently the #7 seed for the playoffs and hopefully Brogdon will be a key factor in their postseason success with more posterizing dunks like the one below:
Mike Scott – Washington Wizards
Mike Scott is having a bounce back year for Washington in a career resurrecting season. The former Hoo spent five seasons with the Atlanta Hawks before being released last season and was picked up by Washington over the summer on a league minimum contract. Scott has played in 43 games for the Wizards so far, mainly as a scoring boost off the bench. Mike is averaging 9.1 points per game in only 18 minutes per game while shooting an outstanding 57.9% from FG and 43.0% from 3. That 57.9% leads the entire NBA among players who have attempted at least 50 three pointers on the season. The Wizards are currently seeded #5 in the playoffs and look for Scott to be a key contributor as Washington attempts to go deep into the playoffs.
Joe Harris – Brooklyn Nets
Joe Harris is having the best season of his NBA career with the Brooklyn Nets. The former UVA legend has played in 45 games this season for the Nets including six starts. The shooting guard is averaging a career high 10.3 points per game while shooting career high percentages in FG (47.7%), 3FG (39.0%) and FT (78.2%). In the past month alone Harris set a new career high of 21 points in a game and first career double-double with a 10 point, 12 rebound performance. Joe has scored at least 10 points in the past six games for the Nets who are currently six games out of the playoff hunt.
Justin Anderson – Philadelphia 76ers
Justin Anderson has missed 28 games for the 76ers due to shin splints, but is now healthy and seeing 15 minutes per game for Philadelphia. The former Hoo was averaging 5 points a game in 12 minutes per game before the injury. Anderson should see his minutes and numbers improve has he gets back into the groove with the 76ers as they try to maintain their #8 seed in the playoff picture.
London Perrantes – Cleveland Cavaliers
London Perrantes made his NBA debut on December 12th, registering 2 minutes of action with one shot and one foul. The former Hoo star dressed with the Cavaliers in four other games, but did not see any action. Perrantes has spent most of his time with Cleveland’s G League affiliate Canton Charge, where he averages 12 points and 7 assists per game. With tons of personnel drama surrounding the Cavs and their struggling defensive play, the defensive minded point guard may make a return to the lineup.