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October 30, 2012 at 5:18 PM

NBA notes: Brockman cut, Conroy sticks

With the start of the NBA season tonight, thought I’d recap which former Washington players are in the pros.
The opening rosters include eight former Huskies. Here’s a look.
Will Conroy, Minnesota — Against the odds, Conroy grabbed the last spot on the 15-man roster. Everyone else has a guaranteed contract and he was a training camp invitee with a partially-guaranteed deal. Looks like Conroy will stick around at least until starter Ricky Rubio recovers from a knee injury. Conroy is also insurance in case Luke Ridnour continues to be troubled by a back injury. Conroy played in five preseason games and averaged 4.2 points.
Spencer Hawes, Philadelphia — After starting at center last season, Hawes has moved to a backup role at power forward. He averaged 9.9 points, 4.1 rebounds ad 3.6 assists in seven preseason games.
Brandon Roy, Minnesota — Roy is penciled in as the starter for the Timberwolves. There was concern about how his achy knees would hold up, but the 28-year-old guard who came out of retirement was the only Minnesota player to start every game in the preseason. He averaged 10.0 points.
Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento — It looks as if Thomas, a second-year pro, won the point guard battle with Seattle-native Aaron Brooks. Thomas started four of the seven preseason games and averaged 9.4 points. Brooks started three games and averaged 8.3 points.
Quincy Pondexter, Memphis — Looks like Pondexter is turning into Shane Battier, which is a compliment considering Battier is known as one of the NBA’s best utility players. Pondexter will be a backup role player who is proving to be invaluable because he can defend multiple positions. He averaged 9.6 points and shot 93. percent at the free throw line in seven preseason games.
Nate Robinson, Chicago — Playing with his fifth team, the seven-year pro has made a good first impression. He averaged 12.3 points in seven preseason games. Robinson said he’s embracing his role as a scorer off the bench.
Terrence Ross, Toronto — The smooth-shooting wing has had difficulties making the transition to the NBA because of his defensive liabilities. He averaged more points (6.8 to 6.6) than Landry Fields, the former Stanford star. However, Fields started every preseason game and will likely get the nod at shooting guard when the season begins. Ross is fighting for minutes with Alan Anderson, a 30-year-old three-year journeyman, who has impressed the coaching staff. There are high expectations on Ross, the No. 8 pick in the draft, but he’s been beset with a sore knee and flu-like symptoms, which forced him to miss two preseason games.
Tony Wroten Jr., Memphis — Suffered an ankle sprain, which has hampered his attempt to crack the rotation. Wroten is listed as the third point guard behind starter Mike Conley and backup Jerryd Bayless. Wroten hasn’t played since Oct. 15 and appeared in just three preseason games, averaging 6.0 points, 3.0 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 turnovers.
NEWS AND NOTES — Former UW star Jon Brockman never reported to Houston after injuring his eye during an offseason workout and was waived by the Rockets. … Ex-Husky Justin Holiday, who was released Sunday, was a long shot to make Portland’s roster considering he arrived midway through camp and the Trail Blazers had 15 players with guaranteed contracts. … Former UW recruit Martell Webster led the Washington Wizards with a 12.0 scoring average in eight exhibition games. He started four.

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