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Pro Hogs: Basketball Edition

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In the realm of professional basketball, several former Razorbacks are off to a hot start in the NBA, including one veteran guard who is making a resurgence in Utah.

Jazz guard Joe Johnson signed with his new team in free agency and immediately became one of the team’s top scorers. In his first six games, Johnson averaged 13.7 points per game. He also averaged 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game to put out a well-rounded stat line.

When star guard Gordon Hayward returned from a finger injury, Johnson, who is 35 years old, was moved to a sixth-man role. In his first game coming off the bench in over 12 years, Johnson scored 10 points on 2-of-5 shooting.

Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis was expected to play a big role for his team after it lost some of its front court presence to free agency. On top of that, Portis was fantastic in his team’s Summer League title run. Unfortunately for the 21-year-old big man, finding the court has been no easy task.

Portis averaged 8.6 minutes per game over his first five games. He’s been effective in the time he’s played, scoring 5.6 points per game as well as 3.2 rebounds. His best statistical game came against the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 5.

In that game, Portis played 18 minutes and scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting. He also hauled in five rebounds and had his second assist of the season.

At Arkansas, Portis was awarded Southeastern Conference Player of the Year for his performances. Both he and Johnson are considered some of the greatest Razorback basketball players of all time.

With a lot of basketball left to be played, these Razorbacks as well as several others will have a chance to represent the UofA on the NBA court.

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