Pierre Jackson (2014, 2015)
Today, we celebrate an OG. Pappy Gawd Pierre Jackson is going OFFFF in the Chinese League. All of you for sure saw the headlines that Jimmer Fredette recently dropped 75 points in a CBA game, the second highest in CBA history...but much more importantly, was former Sixers Summer Leaguer Pierre Jackson hoisting 64 points on 35 shots (13-22 from three), including a game winner to sink Jimmer’s Shanghai Sharks.
Pierre is currently leading the league and averaging 48 points per game.
Dario Saric & Robert Covington (2014-2018)
It has finally hit me. Dario Saric and Robert Covington are no longer Philadelphia 76ers; they have been unanimously inducted in to the #ForeverSixers memoriam page, and I’m sure fans will continue to keep tight tabs on The Homie and Lord Covington.
The Wolves are undefeated in the Saric/Covington era. In their debut, they took on Jrue Holiday (who finished with 14/4/10) and Jahlil Okafor (DNP). Robert finished with 13 points (3-7 from deep), seven rebounds, two steals, and a block, while Dario chipped in nine points and two steals.
In their next affair against the Trail Blazers, Covington shot 4-6 from deep, finishing with 14 points, and collected three steals in their 16-point win. Dario chimed in with another nine-point game of his own.
Try not to cry watching this.
Ish Smith (2014-2015, 2015-2016)
The uber quick veteran journeyman had a red hot start to the season for the Detroit Pistons, shooting 42% from distance in his first seven games, only to regress to 17% in his next six. The #StartIsh movement in Motor City has lost traction as Reggie Jackson is posting numbers just above Ish Smith’s par. Nonetheless, Ishmael is still an exciting little lightning bolt.
Nerlens Noel (2014-2017)
In 2013, Nerlens tore his ACL going for a chase-down block against the orange and blue Florida Gators. Ironically, Nerlens looks damn good in the OKC blue and orange jersey, as he rotates over for a help side block on Kevin Knox.
Nerlens Noel blocks Kevin Knox. pic.twitter.com/GR8Kt9uNdy— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) November 15, 2018
Outside of the 20/15/2/4/1 game against Phoenix on October 28th, Nerlens has had a considerably rough season as Steven Adams’ backup. If you remove that flash in the pan game from the young NBA season, Noel is posting 5 points, 5 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game in 13.3 MPG. But here’s good ole Nerls blocking Devin Booker.
Jerami Grant (2014-2017)
Moving to the starting lineup for Process West Team 1, Jerami Grant has gotten the nod 11 out of 14 games so far starting at power forward for the Thunder. In the games he’s started, he’s dropping 13 points, five rebounds, an assist, and a steal, while shooting 42% from three on three attempts a game.
He had a career night in Washington when the Thunder thwomped the Wizards by 23 points. Jerami finished the game with 22 points, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals, while shooting 9-11 from the field (2-3 from three).
It’s always nice and refreshing to know that the gangly Pogo stick is still in the NBA, attempting to put rims into the mantle of the Earth.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (2016-2018)
Wrapping up the first Team Process West, Timothe has…yet to score this season. He has collected 10 garbage time minutes, missed all four of his shot attempts so far, and recorded one total rebound. Now, let’s move 840 miles westward to check in on Process West Team 2.
Isaiah Canaan (2014-2016)
The world is all about networking. That’s why it’s great that new Sixer Jimmy Butler (yeah, he’s a Sixer) was found in the comments section of Isaiah’s Instagram, roasting Canaan for wearing some all black, non-slip, retirement home kitchen cook lookin’ kicks.
Jimmy Butler out here roasting Isaiah Canaan’s shoes. pic.twitter.com/IKqYd4eDsc— Steve Benko (@SteveBenko) November 11, 2018
However, Sip has been ballin’ in November. Although the Suns are 2-5 this month, Canaan is averaging 11/3/3.5 on 45% from beyond the arc (4.4 attempts per game!). On November 14th, he had a near-perfect night, dropping 19 points on 5-5 from deep and 2-3 from inside the arc, as the Suns eviscerated the Spurs.
Richaun Holmes (2015-2018)
The junkyard dog is getting 10 minutes of run nightly as a backup to #1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton. His best game so far this season came against the Brooklyn Nets, when he netted a double-double in a blowout loss. In just 17 minutes, he posted 13 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks, going 6-7 from the field.
Earlier this month, our sister page, Bright Side of the Sun, ran a piece outlining an optimistic outlook for Richaun as this young Suns team looks for traction in their rebuild stage.
Nik Stauskas (2015-2018)
Wow, do I wish I could live in an alternate reality where Sauce flushed this.
Nik exploded on opening night for the Portland Trail Blazers, scoring 24 points on 5-8 from deep, but has since considerably cooled off. His minutes have progressively declined (22 MPG in his first eight games…14.2 in the next eight), and hasn’t hit more than one three in a game since November 1st (he hit two!). Sauce Castillo continues to show signs of being an important cog in an NBA offense, but in his fifth NBA season, has yet to find a consistent footing.
Ersan Ilyasova (2016-2017, 2018)
I have terrible news. Ersan Ilyasova is not currently in the Top 10 for total charges drawn this season. Overall, Ersan is having an up-and-down year, posting nine points and six rebounds per game, while shooting 36% from deep for the 11-4 Milwaukee Bucks.
He also got domed by Eric Bledsoe.
Eric Bledsoe Throws the ball off Ersan Ilyasova face pic.twitter.com/qNbqVxJZZB— Gustavo Vega (@iamvega1982) November 17, 2018
Marco Belinelli (2018)
The Sixers could reeeeealllllly use Marco’s 32% three point shooting and 45% eFG right now. Like reeeeeeeeeeeee(I’m joking)aaaaaalllllyyyy badly. Just such a terrible loss for (again I’m joking) this team moving forward.
Justin Anderson (2016-2018)
Justin hasn’t played a game for Lloyd Pierce and the Atlanta Hawks, still dealing with tibial stress syndrome.
BIG game tonight as the Process West Teams will square off in Phoenix!
All stats collected from BasketballReference.com, as of November 17th, 2018.