By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
April 12, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The NBA's regular season came to a close on Wednesday night, and with it, ended the first season of professional basketball for three former Seminoles.
Despite playing in only 27 games due to an ankle injury, Jonathan Isaac had arguably the best season of the trio in 2017/18. Isaac started 10 of his 27 games played with the Orlando Magic and averaged 5.4 points and 3.7 rebounds a night. Isaac also averaged playing just under 20 minutes a game (19.9).
Dwayne Bacon was the other former Nole to spend the full season in the NBA, playing in 53 games for the Charlotte Hornets and starting six of them. Bacon averaged 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per night, while logging a free throw percentage of 80 percent.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes saw time in both the NBA and the league's developmental league, the G-League, with the Memphis Grizzlies and Westchester Knicks, respectively. After spending 39 games in the G-League, XRM signed a 10-day contract with the Grizzlies in early March and played in five games for the injury-riddled club, averaging 5.8 points, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals in that same time span.
With Westchester, the Canadian native played in 43 games for the Knicks, averaging 16.8 points (the third best mark on the team, and the best scoring average of any player to play 30 or more games with the club) to accompany his 7.1 assists (also a team-best) in 35.5 minutes a night.
Two other former Seminoles suited up this year in the NBA in Okaro White and Malik Beasley.
White opened the year with the Miami Heat, who he played in 35 games for a season ago, but played in only six this year (making four starts) and averaged 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds before being traded to the Atlanta Hawks in February. White was immediately waived by Atlanta, in a move the Hawks made to clear salary cap space.
Cleveland signed White to a 10-day contract in the middle of March, and signed him for the remainder of the season on April 7, but he has not seen the floor with the Cavilers, who are the four seed in the East in the NBA playoffs.
Beasley spent his second season with the Denver Nuggets and appeared in 62 games, averaging 3.2 points and 1.1 rebounds a night in less than 10 minutes a game (9.4).