With Ivan Rabb officially declaring for the 2017 draft, let's take a look at a few of his fellow Golden Bears and see how they are fairing in the NBA.
Jaylen Brown – Cal’s most recent addition to the NBA has found his stock on the Boston Celtics to be rising. Before the All-Star break, he was averaging 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. Since the All-Star break, however, he is averaging 9.1 points and 3.9 rebounds.
Another positive sign is his increase in minutes. Before the All-Star break, he was playing about 15 minutes per game compared to the almost 22 minutes per game he is now seeing. He still looks a bit pensive on the drive, but experience via minutes should help alleviate that. Although it will be interesting to watch how Brown performs in the playoffs this year as the Celtics have already clinched, the experience will be immensely beneficial regardless of his numbers.
Allen Crabbe – Since the All-Star break Crabbe’s numbers have hardly flinched—and that’s a bad thing. Shooting a little under 50 percent from the field and closer to 40 percent from three for an average of just under 10 points a game, Crabbe is providing the Portland Trailblazers with some consistency off the bench.
Even with the return of Evan Turner to the lineup, Crabbe seems poised to continue to receive minutes thanks to his team-leading 3-point percentage. But will this be enough to help Portland close the gap between them and Denver to secure the 8th seed in the West?
Ryan Anderson – Anderson has seen a little bit of a slump since the All-Star break, with both his field goal and 3-point percentages dropping under 40 percent. Since March 15th, he has gone 5 for 21 from three and struggled to score in double digits for half of those games. He will also miss some time due to injury before the playoffs begin.
Fortunately for Anderson, while his streakiness continues to plague his potential production his teammates, including potential MVP James Harden, continue to add to the W column enough to have already clinched a playoff berth in an ultra-competitive Western Conference.
Rockets forward Ryan Anderson on how he spent his break: "I got engaged!"— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) February 21, 2017