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Deacons in the NBA Update

As the season winds down, here is a look at how our Wake Forest basketball alumni have done

NBA: Utah Jazz at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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The NBA Regular Season is winding down, so it’s time for another “Deacons in the NBA” update.

Chris Paul

NBA: Houston Rockets at Milwaukee Bucks Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Paul, along with teammate James Harden, has the Houston Rockets in good position for a playoff run. They are currently tied for 3rd in the Western Conference with a record of 47-28.

In 51 games so far this season, CP3 is averaging 15.6 points, 8.2 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.9 steals in 32.5 minutes per game.

Here’s hoping Chris can stay healthy and make it past the second round of the playoffs this year.

John Collins

NBA: Houston Rockets at Atlanta Hawks Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

JC has become one of the top 5 power forwards in the league since his return from an early season injury, and should be a cornerstone of the Atlanta Hawks franchise going forward.

While the record isn't what they would like for it to be at 27-48, the Hawks have an exciting young core to build on in Collins, Trae Young and Kevin Huerter.

In 56 games so far this season, JC is averaging 19.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.6 blocks, and 0.4 steals in 29.5 minutes per game.

Jeff Teague

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Detroit Pistons Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Teague has had some trouble with injuries, and has been somewhat limited in his effectiveness as a result.

In 42 games this season, Jeff is averaging 12.1 points, 8.2 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.0 steals in 30.1 minutes per game.

The Minnesota Timberwolves is 33-41, and has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Here’s wishing Jeff better health next season.

James Johnson

NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Johnson has also dealt with some injuries, and has seen more limited action as a result.

In 47 games this season, James is averaging 7.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 21.0 minutes per game.

The Miami Heat are currently 36-38, and are half a game back of the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference, so there is still a chance for them to make the playoffs.

Al-Farouq Aminu

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Aminu has played in all 73 games for the Portland Trail Blazers this season, starting in all of them.

Portland is currently tied for 3rd in the Western Conference with a record of 46-27, and looks primed for a deep playoff run if they can figure out how to replace the production of injured Jusuf Nurkic.

Farouq is averaging 9.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 28.7 minutes per game.

Ish Smith

NBA: Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Smith has also been injured at times this season.

The Detroit Pistons are currently tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 37-36.

Ish is averaging 8.8 points, 3.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds, and 0.6 steals in 22.3 minutes per game.

Here’s hoping he gets some playoff experience this season.

As always, Go Deacs!