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Cyclones In The Pros Roundup

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Some NBA career firsts and career highs highlight the first week of the season.

Adelaide 36ers v Utah Jazz Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images

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Georges Niang (Utah Jazz)

Georges made a splash on national TV Friday night against the Warriors, playing 9 minutes off the bench and scoring a career-high 8 points, grabbing 3 rebounds, and dishing out an assist. As long his defense holds up, he should be able to carve out a spot in Utah’s rotation. The modern NBA has plenty of room for big men who can shoot, pass, and handle the ball.

Monte Morris (Denver Nuggets)

I think that means Draymond has to forfeit a ring? I’ll double check with Adam Silver. Anyway, Morris entered the season as the backup point guard for the Nuggets while Isaiah Thomas recovers from offseason surgery. As of right now, there is no set timetable for Thomas’ return, so Morris should see regular minutes for the foreseeable future. Through 3 games, Monte has struggled with his shot, shooting just 32% from the field. He had his best game on Sunday, playing 22 minutes while posting a career best and team high +18 +/- in a 100-98 win over the Warriors. He scored 9 points with 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Nuggets starter Jamal Murray left the game with an elbow contusion and struggled to score upon his return, allowing Monte to play extended minutes with the first unit. For the season, Morris is averaging 5.3 points per game with a 4.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Deonte Burton (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Burton made his NBA debut on Friday night, but did not record any stats after checking in for the last minute of the game. On Sunday, he played his first meaningful minutes and scored his first career points while showcasing explosive athleticism. In all, Burton scored 5 points on 2-4 shooting and 1-2 from 3 point range while also grabbing a rebound and blocking a shot.

Naz Mitrou-Long (Utah Jazz)

Naz has yet to play in 2 games for the Jazz. He will most likely start the season with the Salt Lake City Stars in the G-League. The Stars open in Des Moines against the Iowa Wolves on Friday, November 2nd.

Abdel Nader (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Nader has yet to play in 3 games for the Thunder. My best guess is that he will join the Thunder’s G-League affiliate and very creatively named Oklahoma City Blue when their season starts on November 2nd.

International

Here are the former Cyclones that I have found currently on rosters around the globe. Most notably, Matt Thomas won the Spanish League 3 point shooting contest last month.

Donovan Jackson (BK JIP Paradubice - Czech Republic)

Hans Brase (MItteldeutscher BC - Germany)

Matt Thomas (Valencia Basket - Spain)

Darrell Bowie (ACS Cuza Braila - Romania)

Merrill Holden (USK Praha - Czech Republic)

Jameel McKay (Neptunas - Lithuania)

Georgios Tsalmpouris (AEK Athens - Greece)

Melvin Ejim (UNICS Kazan - Russia)

DeAndre Kane (Maccabi Tel Aviv - Israel)

Will Clyburn (CSKA Moscow - Russia)

Tyrus McGee (Afyonkarahisar Belediye - Turkey)

Korie Lucious (KK Rabotnicki AD Skipje - Macedonia)

Diante Garrett (Tofas SC - Turkey)

Craig Brackins (Nagoya Diamond Dolphins - Japan)

If I missed any please let me know below.