Five Tigers featured on opening day rosters

There are five former Auburn Tigers opening the next NBA season on a pro roster, including four first-rounders.

Recent NBA first-round selections Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler will be joined by chuma okeke, Isaac Okoro and JT Thor as former Auburn players who will compete in the most recognizable basketball league in the world. .

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Auburn almost had a sixth player added to the mix, but Sharife Cooper was recently waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers after spending his first NBA season with his hometown team, the Atlanta Hawks. Had Cooper made the regular season roster, he would have reunited with former high school teammate Isaac Okoro.

For those looking for an NBA team to follow this season, this list may narrow your options. Here are the five NBA teams that feature a former Auburn Tiger on their opening roster.

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Season opener: Wednesday, October 19 in Detroit

Okeke is entering his third season as a member of the Orlando Magic. The former first-round selection played in 70 games last season, averaging 8.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in 25 minutes played per game.

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Season opener: Wednesday, October 19 in San Antonio

Thor is entering his second season with the Charlotte Hornets. Thor played in 33 games last season with the Hornets, where he averaged 2.0 points per game with 1.3 rebounds.

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Season opener: Wednesday, October 19 in Atlanta

Smith is one of two players from last year’s roster who will make his NBA debut this week. Smith had a strong NBA rookie league campaign, but recently suffered an ankle injury that kept him out of several preseason games for Houston. He expected to return for the Rockets’ season opener on Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Season opener: Wednesday, October 19 vs. Oklahoma City

Kessler has been a journeyman during his short time in the NBA. He was drafted No. 22 overall by the Memphis Grizzlies and was immediately traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

He was then involved in the trade between the Timberwolves and Utah Jazz that involved Rudy Gobert, meaning he had been a member of three NBA franchises in the span of 10 days.

He has since moved to Utah and will start the season on the Jazz’s opening roster.

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