The 2020 NBA season resumed Thursday night as the league got back underway after a 140-day suspension due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans kicked things off with the Jazz pulling off a 106-104 win over Zion Williamson and the Pels, followed by the battle of LA teams with the Lakers narrowly beating out the Clippers, 103-101.
Seven former Wahoos are currently in the Orlando bubble with their teams, with some getting back into action today (July 31). Players are listed below in order of their scheduled first game!
Joe Harris, Justin Anderson - Brooklyn Nets
REUNITED, AND IT FEELS SO GOOD! The Brooklyn Nets added Justin Anderson to the bubble roster on June 28 after Chandler Wilson opted out of the event. Anderson had a great season in the G-League with the Raptors 905 (Toronto) and Long Island Nets (Brooklyn) affiliate teams, averaging 20.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He earned Third-Team All G-League honors for his efforts.
Harris, in his sixth season in the NBA and fourth with Brooklyn, enters the restart with a 13.9 point, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assist average per game. The 2019 NBA 3-point Contest winner is shooting 41.2% from deep so far this season.
Brooklyn’s first game is Friday, July 31 at 2:30pm (ET) as the Nets face the Orlando Magic.
They already showed their connection on the court, with Anderson finding Harris for an alley-oop-ish play (got to dunk that, Joe!):
If you had told us Justin Anderson and Joe Harris connected for an alley oop, we probably would have guessed the reverse. Either way, it works! #gohoos pic.twitter.com/XOS1mc8kFn— Streaking the Lawn (@STL_UVA) July 25, 2020
Ty Jerome - Phoenix Suns
Jerome and the Suns face the Washington Wizards to open bubble play on Friday at 4pm (ET). He played in 28 games with Phoenix before the break, averaging 11.3 minutes per game. Jerome is shooting just 34.9% from the field and 27.7% from three and is averaging 3.5 points and 1.5 assists per game.
In three games with the G-League (as he recovered from an ankle injury), Jerome averaged 16.7 points and 5.0 assists per game while shooting 47.4% from the field and 35.7% from three.
Kyle Guy - Sacramento Kings
Guy and the Kings get underway Friday at 8pm (ET) against the San Antonio Spurs. The NBA rookie was on fire with the Stockton Kings in the G-League, dropping in an average of 21.5 points per game and shooting 41.4% from the field and 40% from three. Guy saw action in two games for Sacramento before the break in the season, shooting 1-for-3 with two points.
Keep an eye on his passing abilities as Guy has upped that portion of his game. He averaged 4.8 assists per game with Stockton, and he had some bright flashes in the exhibition games so far in Orlando:
Beautiful drop off from Kyle Guy leading to the Justin James slam. pic.twitter.com/PMmf39BbBc— Brenden Nunes (@BrendenNunesNBA) July 23, 2020
Devon Hall - Oklahoma City Thunder
Hall is another player added to the roster just before the restart. With the Oklahoma City Blue, Hall averaged 15.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in 30 games of action before everything halted. He shot 45.2% from the field and 36% from three in the G-League this season.
While not on the court in Orlando, Hall has spent a lot of time perfecting his fishing.
Hall and the Thunder kick off the remainder of their season on Saturday at 3:30pm (ET) on ESPN.
Malcolm Brogdon - Indiana Pacers
Brogdon, who recently battled himself with a positive case of the coronavirus, is healthy and back with his teammates ready to play. The Pacers don’t play until Saturday at 7pm (ET) against the Philadephia 76ers.
He hasn’t been relaxing in the least over the course of the pandemic as Brogdon has been training, speaking out on behalf of social justice and against racism, and he started the Brogdon Family Foundation.
Brogdon played in 48 games before the season was halted, averaging 16.3 points, 7.1 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game.
In Orlando, Brogdon has spent time fishing with Devon Hall and dropping buckets:
Malcolm Brogdon led the way for the Pacers in their victory over the Mavericks today with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists in 28 minutes of play. pic.twitter.com/hpf6eyCBz4— Zach Carey (@zach_carey_) July 27, 2020
Mike Scott - Philadelphia 76ers
Scott, Virginia Basketball’s resident veteran in the league, and the 76ers open play in Orlando against Brogdon and the Pacers on Saturday. He has struggled a little this season, scoring just 5.7 points and nabbing 3.7 rebounds per game before the break. Scott played in 63 games so far this season, averaging 17.8 minutes per game. He’s shooting 40.8% from the field, and 35.8% from three for the shortened portion of the season.
Mike Scott hits the corner three and the bench loves it pic.twitter.com/CXhw0brcB0— Kevin Rice #BLM (@TheKevinRice) July 29, 2020