Wildcats in the NBA – Recapping 2021-22 Regular Season

With the 2021-22 NBA regular season officially in the books, we take a look at how former Arizona players fared this season and who will be advancing on to the playoffs.

(listed alphabetically)

Deandre Ayton? Phoenix Suns (1st in the West)
2021-22 Season Stats: 58 games, 58 starts, 29.6 mpg, 17.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 63.4% FG, 74.6% FT
Notes: In his fourth season in the NBA – all with the Suns, he has helped Phoenix amass the best record in the NBA (64-18) and set a new franchise record for wins in a season… his 63.4% shooting from the floor this season would be a career-high… Will be making his second straight appearance in the NBA playoffs after taking Phoenix to the NBA finals last year.

Aaron Gordon? Denver Nuggets (6th in the West)
2021-22 Season Stats: 75 games, 75 starts, 31.7 mpg, 15.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 52.0% FG, 33.5% 3FG
Notes: In his eighth season in the NBA, and first full season in Denver after being traded midway through the 2020-21 season… helped the Nuggets earn the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs despite playing without two of their primary players in Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr.… his 52.0% shooting would be a career-best.

Josh Green? Dallas Mavericks (4th in the West)
2021-22 Season Stats: 67 games, 3 starts, 15.5 mpg, 4.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 50.8% FG, 35.9% 3FG
Notes: Played his way into an important bench role down the stretch of the regular season as he wraps up his second season in the NBA – both with the Mavericks… he has set career highs in nearly ever statistical category… has played in one career playoff game for a total of four minutes.

Solomon Hill? Atlanta Hawks / New York Knicks
2021-22 Season Stats: 13 games, 1 start, 10.7 mpg, 0.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg 0.9 apg (all with Atlanta
Notes: Playing in his ninth NBA season, and second straight with Atlanta… suffered a torn hamstring injury in early December and missed the remainder of the 2021-22 season… was traded to the New York Knicks in January and was then waived by the Knicks.

Andre Iguodala? Golden State Warriors (3rd in the West)
2021-22 Season Stats: 31 games, 19.5 mpg, 4.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.7 apg, 0.9 spg
Notes: Is playing in his 18th NBA season at the age of 38… this season will mark the 15th year competing in the NBA playoffs… his 75.0% shooting from the free throw line would mark his best in a season since 82.0% in 2006-07 .

Stanley Johnson? Los Angeles Lakers (11th in the West)
2021-22 Season Stats: 48 games, 27 starts, 22.8 mpg, 6.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.9 spg
Notes: In his seventh NBA season and first with the Los Angeles Lakers… signed with the Chicago Bulls prior to the start of the 2021-22 season but was waived in October… then signed a 10-day contract with the Bulls on Dec. 10 ( but DNP) followed by back-to-back 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Lakers in January… eventually signed a full contract with the Lakers in late January… shot 46.6% from the floor, easily the best of his career… also shot 57.5% on 2-point field goals, also the best of his career.

Lauri Markkanen? Cleveland Cavaliers (8th in the East)
2021-22 Season Stats: 61 games, 61 starts, 30.8 mpg, 14.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 44.5% FG, 35.8% 3FG, 86.8% FT
Notes: In his fifth NBA season and first with the Cavaliers after signing with them as a free agent prior to the 2021-22 season… will take part in the Play-In Tournament in the Eastern Conference with a chance to advance to the playoffs for the first time in his career.

TJ McConnell? Indiana Pacers (13th in the East)
2021-22 Season Stats: 27 games, 8 starts, 24.1 mpg, 8.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.1 spg
Notes: In his seventh NBA season and third with the Pacers… missed 55 straight games from December through April with a wrist injury, but did return for the team’s final two games of the regular season.

Zeke Nnaji? Denver Nuggets (6th in the West)
2021-22 Season Stats: 41 games, 1 start, 6.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 51.6% FG, 46.3% 3FG
Notes: In his second NBA season with the Nuggets, he will be making his second straight playoff appearance… improved his scoring per game from 3.2 ppg last year to 6.6 this season while also playing eight minutes more per game.

Brandon Williams? Portland Trail Blazers (13th in the West)
2021-22 Season Stats: 24 games, 16 starts, 26.7 mpg, 12.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.0 spg
Notes: He made his NBA debut in December with the Trail Blazers and then signed a two-way deal with the team in February… scored a season-high 27 points at Minnesota on March 7… has six games with 20+ points.

Gabe York? Indiana Pacers (13th in the East)
2021-22 Season Stats: 2 games, 10.5 mpg, 4.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg
Notes: Made his NBA debut on April 9 after playing with the Pacers G-League affiliate in Fort Wayne for majority of the season.

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