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Shout out to D.J. Augustin

I know when we think of Longhorns in the NBA, we only focus on Durant and Aldridge, but D.J. Augustin somehow found his shooting stroke and resurrected his NBA career in Chicago. Now the Bulls who we thought were tanking after Derrick Rose's injury and the subsequent trade of Luol Deng are now miraculously on pace to have home-court advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs! I'm really happy for him because his career prospects in the NBA did not look good after the Bobcats traded him and it didn't work out in Indiana or Toronto.

Augustin has played a huge role in the surprising Bulls with his efficient bench scoring. Check out his game log to get an idea of the numbers he's been putting up lately. In fact, since the beginning of 2014, he's in the 40-40-90 club (40% FG, 40% 3PT, 90% FT) and leads his team in TS%. The 3pt percentage is really impressive considering he attempts more than five since Jan 1st. Furthermore, his numbers are coming recently against great defensive teams such as Miami and Memphis.

Here's his shot chart, where you can see he's (not surprisingly for a right-handed player) on FIRE from the left side of the court. If he can continue that shooting from the left side while improving his shot on the right side of the court, he can be a 6th man player on a playoff contender annually for years to come.

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While I'm discussing non KD/LMA Longhorns, let's also give a shout out to P.J. Tucker proving he belongs in the NBA by helping the surprising Suns stay very competitive in a tough Western Conference as a starter. He's not exploding offensively like Augustin, but he's providing all the intangibles/hustle stats you'd expect and is actually shooting 40% from three in limited attempts.

I've been following Jordan Hamilton a lot more now that my hometown team (Houston Rockets) acquired him before the trade deadline. Remember his UT days as a shot-chucker with matador defense? He's definitely grown and matured as a player and it's going to allow him to have a long career in the league I expect.

Hamilton has so far greatly impressed his new team with his athleticism, defense (he's already wowed Rockets fans with YouTube worthy blocks here, here, and here) rebounding, and 3pt perimeter threat (his corner three in particular is money). The Rockets desperately needed a quality SF to back up Chandler Parsons and they definitely found a cheap solution in Hammy.

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