Tim Frazier Off To A Hot Start With The New Orleans Pelicans
Former Penn State basketball star Tim Frazier is off to a strong start this year for the New Orleans Pelicans. The 6’1″ guard is entering his third season in the league where he’s had stints with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trail Blazers before signing a 2-year $4.1 million contact this past summer with the Pelicans.
Frazier has brought some solidarity to the point guard position in New Orleans while projected starter Jrue Holiday is tending to his wife, US soccer player Lauren Holiday, as she battles a brain tumor.
Through four games, Frazier is averaging 13.7 PPG and 9.3 APG while shooting 50 percent from the floor after coming off a loss to the Bucks Tuesday night where he posted 20 points on 7-12 shooting and nine assists. Currently, Fraizer is fifth in the league in assists behind the likes of all-stars Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
It hasn’t been an easy road in the NBA thus far for the undrafted product out of Penn State. He has battled through being sent up and down between the NBA and the D-League. He’s bounced from team-to-team over the course of three years. ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith has even bashed and disrespected Frazier on the show First Take.
— BATTLES NBA (@BattlesNBA) October 27, 2016
Despite all of this, Frazier’s production has begun to skyrocket. He decided to let his play do the talking after hearing Smith’s comments about him on national TV where he dropped 21 points and 10 assists against the Golden State Warriors. Frazier was sure to make a statement after the game.
"Who is Tim Frazier"….
— Tim Frazier (@Timfraz23) October 29, 2016
His play against the Warriors definitely grabbed Smith’s attention and ultimately led to the unprecedented admission of error in Smith’s statement.
If I didn't know before, I know now @Timfraz23. Good job last night. Keep pushing forward. And Yes! I'm definitely watching. Good luck!
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) October 29, 2016
On top of the successful start to the 2016-2017 campaign, it was Frazier’s birthday on Tuesday and he was lucky enough to have rookies Buddy Hield and Cheick Diallo sing him a song after practice.
As of now, it looks like Frazier might have found his niche in the NBA which is not only fantastic for him, but for the entire Penn State men’s basketball program. The Pelicans could use some legitimate help around Anthony Davis, and it looks like they’ve found their man in Tim Frazier. Best of luck to Frazier throughout the season as he continues to turn more heads around the league!