A day late with this, but former UConn forward Jeff Adrien posted his first career double-double — 14 points and 10 boards — in his first NBA start Monday.
Adrien, who wrapped up his collegiate career in 2009, spent time overseas and in the NBDL before earning a contract with Charlotte. On January 8, he was extended through the rest of the season.
It’s been quite a road for Adrien, an undersized power forward who went undrafted three summers ago. I’ll be catching up with him (and Kemba Walker) when the Bobcats visit Boston on Feb. 11.
Some other NBA notes:
*It took Andre Drummond just over 10 minutes to record a double-double versus the Bucks Tuesday night. Although the Pistons lost by 27, Drummond finished with 18 points and 18 boards in 28 minutes. Just ridiculous.
*Jeremy Lamb, who has bounced back-and-forth from Oklahoma City to Tulsa, is actually the D-League’s leading scorer (22.2 points per game). He’s hit for 30 or more in three consecutive games.
Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman posted some interesting comments from Lamb on his blog.
“I’ll admit that I wasn’t really happy when they first came and told me that they wanted me to play in the D-League,” Lamb said. “I mean, you come out of college and get drafted and the thrill and the expectation is that you’re in the NBA.”
“You’re hearing what they’re saying when they tell you about the D-League and how it can help. Still it’s pretty hard not to feel like you’ve been demoted. But once I got to Tulsa and got [to] play a few games and get plenty of minutes, I could understand the value and it’s made a lot of sense.”