With the 2021-22 NBA season having now officially concluded, why not take a look back at the year that was for some of the former Alabama Basketball players who saw time in the league this season?
How did former Alabama Basketball players perform during the 2021-22 NBA season?
The 2020-21 SEC Player and Defensive Player of the Year, Jones enjoyed a special rookie season with the New Orleans Pelicans, one in which he received Second Team All-Rookie honors. Helping lead New Orleans to a playoff appearance, the former second round pick started in 69-of-78 games with the Pelicans this past season, averaging 9.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.1 APG, and 1.7 SPG on 47.6%/33.7%/84% shooting.
The former Alabama Basketball star guard’s fourth season in the NBA was cut short back in early-November when Sexton suffered a season-ending injury. Sexton did however play in a total of 11 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers before suffering that injury, a span in which he averaged a combined 16 PPG, 3.3 RPG, and 2.1 APG on 45% shooting from the field.
In what-was his second consecutive season with the Denver Nuggets, Green averaged 6.4 PPG and 4.2 RPG primarily in a reserve role. Averaging 16.2 minutes per game, Green shot a combined 48.6% from the field, as well as a career-high 87.1% from the free throw line.
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Similar to Sexton, Lewis’ 2021-22 season was also cut short due to a season-ending injury. In what-was his second season in the NBA with the New Orleans Pelicans, Lewis appeared in a total of 24 games in a reserve role, averaging 5.9 PPG and 2 APG.
A first round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Primo would spend some time in the NBA G-League this season, but also appeared in 50 games with the San Antonio Spurs, 16 of which were starts. During his rookie season, Primo averaged 5.8 PPG and 2.3 RPG for San Antonio while shooting 74.6% from the free throw line.
A player who spent the first two seasons of collegiate career at Alabama before transferring to Virginia, Key also made his NBA debut during the 2021-22 season. Appearing in a combined 11 games between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Detroit Pistons, Key averaged 7.2 PPG and 4.5 RPG on 45.8% shooting.