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Adama Sanogo makes NBA debut, scores first points

The Final Four MOP went undrafted in 2023 but started the new year with his first NBA action.

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In our last update of the five UConn players currently on NBA rosters, Adama Sanogo was playing in the G League for the Windy City Bulls. On Tuesday night, the former UConn star scored his first NBA points for the Chicago Bulls, late in their matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers. He finished with eight points and six rebounds in nine minutes.

His actual debut came two games earlier against the Indiana Pacers, but he only had 31 seconds of floor time. He also played one minute on Tuesday night against the New York Knicks.

While the 76ers were up 110-85 by the time Sanogo entered the game, the big man made a really strong first showing in his first extended NBA action. For his first bucket, he grabbed a high pass from Julian Phillips and put in a layup with the and-one.

He finished a perfect 3-of-3 from the field and hit both of his free-throw attempts. For an undrafted rookie, the opportunity to suit up for an NBA team doesn’t always come. It’s a good sign for it to happen for Sanogo early in his first pro season and also bodes well that he put up some numbers once he got on the floor.

After averaging nearly 18 points per game, 10.8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and 1.4 steals on 60.2%/50.0%/76.3% shooting splits in the G-League, Sanogo is making his case for the next level.

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