While a former CU Buffs teammate lights up NBA playoffs, George King biding time with Phoenix

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Former Colorado star George King, seen here battling fellow future Phoenix Suns draft pick Deandre Ayton at the 2018 Pac-12 Conference tournament, enjoyed a solid rookie season in the G League.
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While Derrick White turns into one of the breakout stars of the NBA playoffs against his hometown team, and with Spencer Dinwiddie putting together a solid postseason with Brooklyn, another former CU Buffaloes hoops star quietly is awaiting his NBA opportunity after a standout inaugural pro season.

A year ago, George King used a series of impressive performances at scouting showcases to play his way into the NBA draft, going late in the second round (No. 59 overall) to the Phoenix Suns.

Though King did make his NBA debut on Dec. 11 against White’s San Antonio Spurs — King grabbed one rebound and didn’t attempt a shot in six minutes — he made the most of his time with the Northern Arizona Suns, Phoenix’s G League affiliate. King ranked 13th in the G League with a .429 3-point percentage (90-for-210) while averaging 15.5 points and 5.3 rebounds.

While King always was a solid rebounder and scorer at CU, he also improved other aspects of his game rarely seen in Boulder. King collected just 88 assists against 196 turnovers in 127 games at CU, yet he recorded 102 assists with 109 turnovers in 41 games at Northern Arizona. King shot .475 overall and 82 percent at the free throw line (100-for-122).

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