Chet Holmgren’s season-ending foot injury means Gonzaga fans have one NBA rookie, Pacers point guard Andrew Nembhard, to root for.
Fortunately, Nembhard solidified himself in Indiana’s rotation following an outstanding performance on Wednesday against the Knicks.
Making his home debut, Nembhard dropped 15 points with nine assists, four rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.
Nembhard had 13 of his 15 points in the final quarter, showcasing an array of outside shooting, pick and roll production, and skip passing.
Tyrese Haliburton did not suit up for the Pacers, allowing Nembhard an opportunity to play with some of Indiana’s regulars.
Nembhard’s job security hasn’t been in question since he secured a record-breaking guaranteed contract this summer. His spot in the rotation wasn’t guaranteed though – which is why performances like this are critical in the preseason.
Alongside Benn Mathurin (Arizona) and Chris Duarte (Oregon) this Indiana team will have a strong contingency of west coast hoopers, even after shipping Domantas Sabonis to Sacramento last season.
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