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Pro Blue Hoops: A Michigan reunion awaits in Washington

Isaiah Livers’ trade to Washington signals a reunion with Jordan Poole.

Detroit Pistons v Washington Wizards Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

While the Michigan football team was busy winning a national championship and the Michigan basketball team was busy beating Ohio State, several former Wolverines took the floor in the NBA this week. Isaiah Livers will be reunited with Jordan Poole for better or worse, while Tim Hardaway Jr. absolutely exploded.

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

Franz Wagner, F, Orlando Magic

20.9 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 3.9 APG in 34 games

Sadly, Franz has missed the last six games due to his ankle sprain. Hopefully he can recover quickly.

Tim Hardaway Jr., G, Dallas Mavericks

18.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.7 APG in 38 games

Hardaway Jr. had a rather pedestrian outing last Tuesday against Memphis, but then absolutely exploded over the weekend against the Knicks and Pelicans (twice). On Thursday, he scored 32 points with six rebounds, four assists and two steals in a win over New York. He backed that up with a 24-point performance against New Orleans on Saturday. In a rematch against the Pelicans on Monday night, he scored 41 points on 11-of-23 shooting and 9-of-15 from deep. He was one point shy of his career-high. He is now fifth in the league in total three-pointers made.

Duncan Robinson, F, Miami Heat

13.9 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 3.2 APG in 38 games

Duncan was hit-or-miss this week. He put up two duds on Wednesday against Oklahoma City (three points on 1-of-8 shooting) and Monday in Brooklyn (zero points on 0-for-4 shooting). However, he also had two solid performances against Orlando and Charlotte. Against the Magic, he played a season-high 41 minutes and poured in 23 points. His minutes came back down to normal against the Hornets but he still chipped in 19 points, four rebounds and five assists.

Jordan Poole, G, Washington Wizards

16.9 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 3.6 APG in 38 games

Poole had a solid week as the Wizards finally got back into the win column before falling to the lowly Pistons. Poole scored 28, 20, and 16 points against the Pacers, Hawks and Pistons, respectively, while shooting at or near 50 percent in each matchup. The advanced stats still don’t like him, but he is a consistent source of scoring for a Washington team that desperately needs just that.

Caris LeVert, G, Cleveland Cavaliers

16.4 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 4.0 APG in 29 games

LeVert continued to play solid, but not spectacular basketball. He posted 21 points in 35 minutes against the Nets on Thursday, while getting to shoot a whopping 12 free throws. He backed that up with a 16-point, seven-rebound and seven-assist performance in a win against the Bulls on Monday. LeVert was surprisingly inefficient this week, but it hasn’t mattered as the Cavaliers have won five straight games.

Moritz Wagner, C, Orlando Magic

11.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.3 APG in 39 games

Wagner had a rough week. His points and minutes declined in each game, as he ended up a healthy scratch on Monday. With the exception of Mo’s brother Franz, the Magic have gotten entirely healthy in the frontcourt. Wagner appears to have fallen out of the rotation for now. However, I’m sure he will regain his footing quickly.

Isaiah Livers, F, Washington Wizards

5.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.1 APG in 23 games

Livers was mercifully traded from the worst team in basketball to...the second-worst team in basketball. Livers, Marvin Bagley III, two second-round picks were traded to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Danilo Gallinari and Mike Muscala. Livers has yet to appear for the Wizards as he goes through his physicals. Once in Washington, he will reunite with Poole.

Moussa Diabate, F, Los Angeles Clippers

2.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.4 APG in 10 games

Diabate has yet to return from the fracture in his hand.

Caleb Houstan, F, Orlando Magic

5.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.7 APG in 31 games

While Orlando’s frontcourt is very healthy, the backcourt is anything but that. In the wake of several injuries, Houstan has started in five consecutive games for the Magic and played extended minutes. He had a rough shooting week at just 29 percent from the field and 26 percent from three. However, he contributed in other ways, including a seven-rebound game against Minnesota. It will be interesting to see how Houstan’s minutes fluctuate once several key pieces return from injury.

Jett Howard, G, Orlando Magic

1.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.3 APG in 9 games

Howard played with the Osceola Magic in the G League for the duration of the week.

Kobe Bufkin, G, Atlanta Hawks

0.5 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG in 2 games

Bufkin played for the College Park SkyHawks this week in the G League.