T.J. Warren has been the talk of the NBA based on his recent performances during the NBA restart. The Indiana Pacers small forward has put on a show in the NBA bubble. If there were an award for NBA bubble MVP, Warren would be in the running without a doubt.
This is Warren’s sixth season in the league and first with the Pacers. He enjoyed an impressive career in college, as well.
T.J. Warren spent most of his NBA career playing for the Phoenix Suns
Warren was the 14th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Suns. During the NBA summer league, he scored 22 points and grabbed four rebounds in his first game. He went on to be named to the All-NBA summer league second team. During his rookie season, Warren spent time with the Suns and the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA G League (known as the NBA Development League at the time). He played 40 games with the Suns as a rookie and averaged 6.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.
Over the next few seasons, Warren saw his numbers improve. He became a full-time starter during the 2017-18 season and averaged 19.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. The Suns traded Warren to Indiana after the 2018-19 season, and Warren was a big help to the Pacers’ team.
At the small forward position, Warren could score in multiple ways. In February, he had one of his best games as a Pacer scoring 35 points while shooting 16 of 19 from the field in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Warren started every game he played in for the Pacers before the NBA season was suspended, and he was one of the team’s top players.
T.J. Warren had the best performance of his career during the NBA restart
Warren did not waste any time when the NBA returned. In a game against the Philadelphia 76ers, he scored 53 points shooting 20-29 from the field, leading the Pacers to a win. He was the first player to score 50 plus points since the NBA returned, and his 53 points were the third most points a player had scored in a single game in franchise history.
Warren has been the leading scorer for the Pacers during the NBA restart. He has had two games where he scored 30 plus points, and he’s been shooting a high percentage from the 3-point line. Going into the playoffs, the Pacers are a team to watch out for in the Eastern Conference, especially if Warren continues to play like he’s been playing.
T.J. Warren had an impressive two years in college
Warren was a scorer in college. He attended North Carolina State and helped the team become a winning program. During his freshman year, he averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 rebounds playing in 27 minutes per game. He was named to the ACC All-Freshman team, and he led the conference in shooting percentage at 62.2 percent. His best game of the season was a 31 point and 13 rebound outing against Florida State in February of 2013.
Warren decided to return for his sophomore season, and he was one of the best players in all of college basketball. He averaged 24.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game and was named the ACC Player of the Year. During his sophomore season, he was in the running for the 38th Annual Wooden Award, and he was named to the Mid-Season Wooden Watch list, where he was one of 25 players considered for the award. In February of 2019, NC State honored his No. 24 jersey by hanging up in the PNC Arena. Warren improved a lot during his two years at NC State, and that allowed him to become a first-round pick, and the rest is history.