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Iowans in the NBA: Quite a first full season for Monte Morris

Here are NBA and G-League stats for former Iowa collegians

Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris dribbles as Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder defends during an April 9 NBA game in Salt Lake City’s Vivint Smart Home Arena. (Chris Nicoll/USA TODAY Sports)
Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris dribbles as Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder defends during an April 9 NBA game in Salt Lake City’s Vivint Smart Home Arena. (Chris Nicoll/USA TODAY Sports)

Monte Morris of Iowa State, who had played in just three NBA games before this season, averaged 10.4 points for the Denver Nuggets in the 2018-19 season.

That’s pretty good.

Morris was a second-round draft pick of the Nuggets in 2017 and spent almost the entire season in the NBA G-League. He played in all 82 games this season for Denver, which had the second-best record in the Western Conference.

Here are the season statistics for former Iowa State and Iowa players who played in the NBA and the NBA G-League this season:

NBA

Monte Morris, Denver (Iowa State): 82 games, 10.4 points per game, 2.4 rebounds per game, 3.6 assists per game, 49.3 percent field goals, 41.4 percent three-point field goals, 24.0 minutes per game.

Abdel Nader, Oklahoma City (Iowa State): 61 games, 4.0 ppg, 1.9 rbg.

Georges Niang, Utah (Iowa State): 59 games, 4.0 ppg, 1.5 rbg, 0.6 apg.

Deonte Burton, Oklahoma City (Iowa State): 32 games, 2.6 ppg.

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Naz Mitrou-Long, Utah (Iowa State): 14 games, 1.1 ppg, 1.1 apg.

NBA G-League

Naz Mitrou-Long, Salt Lake City: 32 games, 18.7 ppg, 4.9 rbg, 4.8 apg.

Deonte Burton, Oklahoma City Blue: 24 games, 16.9 ppg, 5.0 rbg, 3.3 apg.

Peter Jok, Northern Arizona (Iowa): 43 games, 14.5 ppg, 4.7 rbg, 40.9 percent three-point field goals, 117 three-point goals made.

Adam Woodbury, Grand Rapids (Iowa): 38 games, 6.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg.

Abdel Nader, Oklahoma City Blue: 3 games, 25.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.3 apg.

Georges Niang, Salt Lake City: 3 games, 21.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.3 apg.

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