While a pair of games kicked off the NBA schedule Tuesday night, the 2017-18 season began in earnest on Wednesday, with a trio of former Colorado Buffaloes hitting the floor.
The most impressive performance among the former Buffs was turned in by Alec Burks, who poured in 16 points off the bench for the Utah Jazz on a 7-for-10 effort from the field in a 10-point win against the Denver Nuggets.
Spencer Dinwiddie played 17 minutes off the bench for Brooklyn in a wild 140-131 loss against Indiana, scoring just two points but contributing four assists and three rebounds in 17 minutes. Dinwiddie could be seeing an expanded role thanks to the torn patellar tendon suffered by Nets guard Jeremy Lin, which likely is a season-ending injury.
And finally, 2017 first-round draft pick Derrick White made his NBA debut with San Antonio, hitting the floor for just 11 seconds in the Spurs’ 107-99 win against Minnesota. According to comments San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich made to the Colorado Springs Gazette, don’t expect CU’s leading scorer from last year to be a regular in the Spurs’ rotation.
The Buffs’ final NBA representative, Andre Roberson, makes his season debut Thursday night with Oklahoma City against the New York Knicks.
“One of the things that’s probably most gratifying as a coach is when you see your players, five, 10, 15 years down the road have success,” CU head coach Tad Boyle said. “Obviously those guys are in the NBA, and that’s great. But we’ve had 19 players matriculate through the program in the seven years we’ve been here, and all 19 have gotten their degrees. They’re not all playing in the NBA. They’re not all playing overseas. Trey Eckloff is an attorney in Denver. Levi Knutson is in the financial business in Denver. Ben Mills is working in downtown Denver for a software company.”