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Deacons in the NBA Update

A look at how our former Deacs are doing so far on the season

NBA: Houston Rockets at Detroit Pistons Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time for another update on our former Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the NBA. We take a look at how their respective seasons are going.

Note: all stats are courtesy of

Chris Paul

Houston Rockets v Denver Nuggets Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Like his team, Paul is struggling early on in the season compared to the standard he has set for himself over his career. Chris has dealt with both a knee injury and hamstring strain and has missed 6 games.

Team: Houston Rockets (11-14)

Games: 19

Games started: 19

Minutes per game: 33.7

Points per game: 16.4

Assists per game: 7.9

Rebounds per game: 4.4

Steals per game: 2.1

Turnovers per game: 3.3

Field goal percentage: 42.5%

3-point percentage: 34.5%

Free throw percentage: 80%

John Collins

NBA: Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Collins has also struggled with injuries early in the season, missing the first 16 games of the season with an ankle injury. Since his return, he has been by far the Hawks’ best player.

Team: Atlanta Hawks (6-20)

Games: 10

Games started: 8

Minutes per game: 27.4

Points per game: 16.9

Rebounds per game: 7.9

Assists per game: 2.4

Blocks per game: 0.5

Turnovers per game: 2.2

Fouls per game: 2.8

Field goal percentage: 62.6%

3 point percentage: 19%

Free throw percentage: 77.8%

Jeff Teague

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Portland Trail Blazers Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Teague has also been plagued by a nagging knee injury, which has slowed him down and at times made him the second option at point guard behind Derrick Rose in spite of starting every game he has played in. He has missed 6 games on the season. Jeff is still a solid contributor at this point in his career.

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves (13-12)

Games: 19

Games started: 19

Minutes per game: 31.6

Points per game: 12.1

Assists per game: 8.0

Rebounds per game: 2.5

Steals per game: 1.2

Blocks per game: 0.5

Turnovers per game: 2.3

Field goal percentage: 39.5%

3 point percentage: 30.9%

Free throw percentage: 86.3%

Al-Farouq Aminu

Portland Trail Blazers v New Orleans Pelicans - Game Four Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Aminu continues to be a solid contributor for the Portland Trail Blazers, and has started every game this season.

Team: Portland Trail Blazers (14-11)

Games: 25

Games started: 25

Minutes per game: 29.6

Points per game: 9.1

Rebounds per game: 8.1

Steals per game: 1.0

Turnovers per game: 0.8

Fouls per game: 2.3

Field goal percentage: 43.8%

3 point percentage: 35.7%

Free throw percentage: 84.8%

James Johnson

Miami Heat Media Day Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images

Johnson missed the first 13 games of the season after recovering from off-season surgery to repair a sports hernia. He is now back and a big part of the Heat’s rotation.

Team: Miami Heat (10-14)

Games: 9

Games started: 7

Minutes per game: 19.8

Points per game: 7.2

Rebounds per game: 2.2

Assists per game: 2.6

Steals per game: 0.7

Turnovers per game: 1.1

Fouls per game: 2.3

Field goal percentage: 33.8%

3 point percentage: 30.8%

Free throw percentage: 90%

Ish Smith

Detroit Pistons v Boston Celtics Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Ish is still the “do-it-all” player who will do whatever it takes to help his team win, and has been a key contributor for the Pistons off the bench.

Team: Detroit Pistons (13-10)

Games: 22

Games started: 0

Minutes per game: 24.9

Points per game: 9.2

Assists per game: 3.0

Rebounds per game: 1.9

Steals per game: 0.5

Turnovers per game: 1.1

Field goal percentage: 41.5%

3 point percentage: 32.9%

Free throw percentage: 66.7%

Wake Forest continues its run of sending solid players to the NBA, and each of its basketball alumni are having pretty good years.

Go Deacs!