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Pro Blue Hoops: Tim Hardaway Jr. off to a career-best start

The vets thrived this week while the rookies and sophomores struggled.

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It wasn’t necessarily a banner week for Michigan’s alumni in the NBA. The younger players struggled to gain traction. However, several vets continue to play critical roles in their teams’ success.

Here’s how each of the former Wolverines in the NBA fared this week:

Franz Wagner, F, Orlando Magic

20.7 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.7 APG in 22 games

In two games this week, Wagner and the Michigan Magic split the pair by losing in Cleveland and blowing out the Pistons at home. Wagner played a season-high 41 minutes against the Cavaliers but had his worst shooting night on the year, going 3-of-16 from the field and 0-of-5 from three. On Friday he rebounded nicely by scoring 27 points in just 31 minutes against Detroit. He was a much better 12-of-20 from the field.

Tim Hardaway Jr., G, Dallas Mavericks

16.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.5 APG in 19 games

The Mavericks had a spectacular week, destroying the Jazz by 50 points and beating Portland by 13. Hardaway Jr. played a key role in both, scoring 17 against Utah and 20 against the Trailblazers. Through 19 games, THJ is scoring a career-high 24.5 points per 40 minutes. Let’s see if he can keep it up.

Duncan Robinson, F, Miami Heat

14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.9 APG in 20 games

It was a tale of two games this week for Robinson. On Wednesday in Toronto, he scored 21 points, collected six rebounds, and dished out seven assists. This was just the second time this season Robinson has hauled in six or more rebounds and also only the second time he’s notched seven or more assists. On the flip side, Friday against Cleveland was a disaster. He scored just one point on 0-of-7 shooting from the field and 0-of-6 shooting from three. He had four fouls and six turnovers. It was a night to forget for Robinson.

Jordan Poole, G, Washington Wizards

16.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.3 APG in 21 games

Poole played well on Wednesday night against Philadelphia. He scored 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting (62.5 percent) from the field. However, he backed that up with an eight-point performance in Brooklyn Friday that saw him shoot a season-low seven shots. He had scored in double-figures in seven consecutive games prior to that outing. Hopefully he can rebound nicely this week.

Caris LeVert, G, Cleveland Cavaliers

13.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.6 APG in 16 games

LeVert’s knee injury has kept him out since Nov. 30. However, it shouldn’t be a long term injury.

Moritz Wagner, C, Orlando Magic

12.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.2 APG in 22 games

Wagner’s scoring cooled off a bit this week. He scored 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting Wednesday night in Cleveland. On Friday against Detroit he scored just four points, however he did collect five rebounds and pass out two assists in a blowout victory. Wagner still remains Orlando’s fourth highest scorer despite coming off the bench.

Isaiah Livers, F, Detroit Pistons

5.9 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.1 APG in 8 games

Livers played just his seventh and eighth games of the season this past week. He scored five points in 19 minutes against Memphis. Unfortunately, he was held scoreless in 12 minutes against Orlando on Friday night. After being given 24.2 minutes per game in his first five appearances, Livers’ minutes have been cut to just 15.0 per game in the last three.

Moussa Diabate, F, Los Angeles Clippers

3.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.4 APG in 9 games

Diabate has been on assignment with the Ontario Clippers. He has been experiencing left hip soreness and is listed as out for now.

Caleb Houstan, F, Orlando Magic

3.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG in 14 games

Houstan finally saw some extended minutes this week. He didn’t score on Wednesday in Cleveland, though he did play 11 minutes and tally three rebounds. However, in the Magic’s blowout win over the Pistons, Houstan played 25 minutes and canned two three-pointers. His final stat line was six points four rebounds and one assist.

Jett Howard, G, Orlando Magic

1.3 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG in 6 games

Howard made his sixth NBA appearance on Friday night against Detroit. He played just five minutes but scored six points with an assist and a rebound. Notably, he made his first career three-pointer.

Kobe Bufkin, G, Atlanta Hawks

0.5 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG in 2 games

Bufkin remains out with a fractured left thumb.