Basketball: Gutierrez shines in D-League

Former Cal star Jorge Gutierrez is thriving in the NBA Developmental League.

Gutierrez, the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year, has helped the Canton Charge win its past six games. During the win streak, he is averaging 14.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals. Gutierrez had 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals Thursday night in a 104-93 win over the Santa Cruz Warriors at Reno.

He had 20 points in a recent win over the Maine Red Claws.

Gutierrez has started 19 of 20 teams for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ “farm” team, averaging 9.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists. Still not a great shooter, he is converting 38.8 percent from the field, 26.3 percent from 3-point and 78.7 from the FT line.

Jeff Faraudo

  • wehofx

    Typical gut line. I hope he makes it to the league. w numbers like that, he’s gotta chance.

    man, oh, man does the current team miss his heart.

  • joey

    Based on this years team performance he really did deserve player of the year. We need him to come back and coach.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Jorge as coach at Cal, that would be AWESOME!! But let’s let him finish his pro career first, I think he may have 10 years of pro ball in him, maybe not in the NBA, but who knows…


  • rollonubears

    This is so nice to here. He works his tail off. Hopefully some day soon, he gets the call. Guys like Sean Marks turned mediocrity into a 12 year bench career. Jorge deserves a shot, too.

  • gobears49

    The comment about Sean Marks made me think about the best foreign players who played for Cal. At least Marks started for Cal.

    Trivia question — what foreign-born player, who rarely if ever started for Cal, played nine years in the NBA (after a few years of playing basketball offshore)? He played for Cal in the last twenty years.

  • BlakeStreetBear


  • gobears49

    Yes, Blake — Francisco Elson. There is a good chance he never started a game for Cal. But he was a helleva an athlete. If I recall, he was a great shot blocker, but not a scorer. Amazing he lasted so long in the NBA, though he did not play much at all. Shows that a big body and athleticism is worth a lot. But that does not work for anyone. Just ask Devon Hardin.

  • gobears49

    BTW, Elson was born in the Netherlands.