While the new-look Portland Trail Blazers march onward, fans may want to know how the former Blazers of last season are doing with their new teams.
Evan Turner (Atlanta Hawks): 4.8 PTS, 2.4 REB, 1.9 AST in 10 games
ET has had a slow start for Atlanta mostly because of a sprained Achilles suffered early in the season. At age 31 on a squad that desperately needs minutes for its youth in the midst of losing 14 of their first 18, getting Turner engaged is a low priority. His best game to date was an 11 point, five rebound game versus the Clippers in which Los Angeles scored 150 and won by 49.
Al-Farouq Aminu (Orlando Magic): 4.3 PTS, 5.0 REB, 1.2 AST in 17 games
Aminu initially came off the bench to provide defense for the second unit, but has struggled mightily on offense, forcing him into a mentor capacity with the team. Aminu recently said he enjoys coaching the younger players even if he is not playing as much. While his defense remains on point, his hideous shooting numbers (27.6 percent from the field, 15.6 percent from three for the month of November) are easily the worst of his career.
Jake Layman (Minnesota Timberwolves): 10.5 PTS, 2.9 REB, 0.8 AST in 14 games
Layman has been a successful bench scorer for the Timberwolves, ranking fifth on the team in scoring, including a 21 point performance in a loss to the Houston Rockets. For the season, he’s shooting 46.2 percent from the field, and is a key part of the Minnesota rotation. He recently injured his foot, and has missed the last four games, but expect more big things from the Turtle.
Meyers Leonard (Miami Heat): 6.3 PTS, 4.2 REB, 0.8 AST in 17 games
Leonard continues to be an enigma even in South Beach. While he is technically a starter for the Heat, he only plays around 19 minutes a game, and almost never down the stretch. Miami has been using him down in the post more often than Portland did, with only 29 of his 80 shots coming from three. He is shooting 51.7 percent from three for the season, and has some of the best defensive numbers of his career, but his usage is perplexing.
Maurice Harkless (Los Angeles Clippers): 5.5 PTS, 3.1 REB, 1.2 AST in 19 games
Harkless has been a solid if unremarkable bench option for the new look Clippers. With the recent return of Paul George from injury, Harkless has seen a corresponding drop in his minutes and usage, going from an average of 23 minutes down to 18. In the aforementioned game against the Hawks where Turner went off, Harkless had quite the stat line with 6 points 7 rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and two assists.
Seth Curry (Dallas Mavericks): 7.9 PTS, 1.6 REB, 1.6 AST in 15 games
Curry has been aggravatingly inconsistent for a Mavericks squad on the move in the Western Conference. He has six games this season with double-figures in scoring, but eight games where he shot below 40% from three while taking at least one. With Delon Wright acting as the second unit’s point guard, Curry is limited heavily to being a catch-and-shoot three point artist, where he is shooting 37.5 percent for the season.
Enes Kanter (Boston Celtics): 7.2 PTS, 6.1 REB, 1.2 AST in 11 games
Kanter has been slowed by injuries this season, as well as a logjam at forward for the Celtics. Daniel Theis has been starting, and Kanter has been under performing off the bench. Since recovering from his injury, his numbers have been picking up, including 13 points and nine rebounds in a win over Sacramento. While his numbers may look good compared to others on this list, Boston was clearly expecting more when they signed Kanter in the off-season.