Here’s a trivia question for any NBA fans out there. And, no, it
doesn’t have anything to do with the
possible move of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. That seemed
like a slam-dunk six weeks ago. Now, not so much. One gets the
feeling David Stern is working some creepy behind-the-scenes magic
to keep the team in Sac-town. And I’m OK with that, as long as the
league delivers Seattle an expansion team that will being play no
later than the 2015-16 season, which is when Chris Hansen’s new
arena in SoDo is expected to be completed and ready to open.
Anyway, back to the trivia question? How many guards on NBA
rosters played their high school or college basketball in the state
of Washington? Hint, it’s probably more than you think. (Answer
Before I get to the answer, there are four e
four NBA forwards from the state: Martell
Webster (Seattle Prep), Washington Wizards; Marvin
Williams (Bremerton), Utah Jazz; Aron
Baynes (Washington State), San Antonio Spurs;
Quincy Pondexter (Washington), Memphis Grizzlies.
Of that foursome, Webster’s the top player, averaging 11.9
points and 3.9 rebounds. Williams’ play has really tailed off this
season. The former B-town star is averaging a career low 7.4 ppg
and 3.6 rpg for the Jazz, but has been nagged by a series of
ailments. The latest is a tendinitis in his right heel.
And there’s three centers: Spencer Hawes
(Seattle Prep/Washington), Philadelphia 76ers; Robert
Sacre (Gonzaga), LA Lakers; Ronny Turiaf
(Gonzaga), LA Clippers. Hawes averages 11 ppg, 7.3 rpg. He averaged
14 points in March while playing the best basketball of his
That brings us back to the trivia question. How many guards?
Did you say 14? By my count, that’s how many were in the league
last week. But Dallas didn’t sign Justin Dentmon (Washington) to a
second 10-day contract, so there’s only 13. That’s still a pretty
high number, don’t ya think? (Update: There are 14; Justin Holiday
is now in the league after signing with Philadelphia in early
They are, in no special order:
Nate Robinson (Rainier Beach/Washington),
Chicago Bulls. Nate the Great came off the bench to score 35 points
in 33 minutes on Thursday in an overtime win over the Knicks. The
season-long injury to Derrick Rose gave Robinson an opportunity in
Chicago and he’s averaging 14.4 ppg in his seventh NBA season.
Jason Terry (Franklin/Arizona), Boston Celtics.
The veteran averages 10.2 points, coming off the bench for the
Avery Bradley (Bellarmine Prep/Texas),
Boston Celtics. Former backcourt partner with UW’s Abdul Gaddy, who
was the higher-rated player out of high school, averages 9.1
points. Injuries have limited this quick, defensive-oriented player
to 47 games, but he had stretches early where he really played
Terrance Williams (Rainier Beach/Louisville),
Boston Celtics. Yep, three state players on the C’s roster.
Williams was in Spain earlier this season and is getting limited
minutes. Technically I suppose, you’d list T-Williams as a G-F.
Rodney Stuckey (Kentwood/Eastern Washington),
Detroit Pistons. I still remember him coming off a screen and
hitting a deep jumper in front of press row in the 2004 Class 4A
state finals victory against South Kitsap. “That was an NBA jump
shot,” I remember saying to the guy next to me. Stuckey’s coming
off the bench now, but he’s still an above-average NBA guard,
averaging 11.7 points.
Terrance Ross (Washington), Toronto Raptors.
Averages 6.2 points per game in rookie season.
Luke Ridnour (Blaine/Oregon), Minnesota
Timberwolves. Ridnour’s probably a better player now than he was in
Seattle years ago. Averages 11.6 points. 3.8 assists in his 9th
season. He was the 14th overall pick in the 2003 draft by the
Brandon Roy (Garfield/Washington), Minnesota
Timberwolves. Perhaps the greatest guard to come out of our state,
Roy came back for one more season, but appeared in just five games
before his knee gave out on him again.
Tony Wroten (Garfield/Washington), Memphis
Grizzlies. A classic case of a player who needed more time in
college to refine his game, but you can’t blame him for turning
pro, not with the money they’re throwing at guys these days. He’s
getting 8.5 minutes a game, all of it garbage time, with the
Aaron Brooks (Franklin/Oregon)m, Houston
Rockets. Fourth-year player’s once-promising career seems to be
headed in another direction. He was let go by Sacramento and picked
up by the Rockets, but isn’t getting much court time.
Isaiah Thomas (Curtis/Washington), Sacramento
Kings. The second-year guard has matured into a really good player
in just his second season. Thomas averages 14 points, 3.9 assists
and would become an huge fan favorite if the Kings move to
Klay Thompson (Washington State), Golden State
Warriors. Second-year pro seems destined for stardom. Averages 16.4
points while shooting at a 40 percent clip. His genes are pretty
good. His dad Mychal Thompson was the top overall pick in the 1978
NBA draft. He won two rings with the Lakers. His mom played
volleyball at the University of San Francisco. Older brother Mychel
Thompson played basketball at Pepperdine. Younger brother Trayce
Thompson is an outfielder and the top prospect in the White Sox’s
minor league organization.
Jamal Crawford (Rainier Beach/Michigan), LA
Clippers. Crawford could always score, and he’s not slowing down at
age 33. The 8th overall pick out of Michigan in 2000, the 12-year
pro is averaging 16.9 points off the bench and could be this year’s
Sixth Man of the Year award winner.
Justin Holiday (Washington), Philadelphia
76ers. Holiday was signed to a 10-day contract at the start of the
month. He’s a strong defender who was playing in the NBA D League.
He joins his brother, Jrue Holiday, in Philadelphia. Jrue is
Philly’s leading scorer.