ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith was perplexed by the New Orleans Pelicans roster during the NBA’s first week, particularly one former Penn State standout.
“Tim Frazier? Who the hell is that? Who? Who?” Smith asked on “First Take.” Frazier, a former Nittany Lions point guard, answered the question by posting a double-double in his next game.
— BATTLES NBA™ (@BattlesNBA) October 27, 2016
Now in his third NBA season, Frazier has found a home in New Orleans after bouncing around the NBA and the D-League. He earned a starting spot with the Pelicans out of training camp.
Frazier had a good season debut, posting 15 points and 11 assists in a loss to Denver. It was after this when Smith asked the question, while wondering why New Orleans star Anthony Davis doesn’t have a better supporting cast.
Frazier was well aware.
"Who is Tim Frazier"….
— Tim Frazier (@Timfraz23) October 29, 2016
In his next game, Frazier scored 21 points, dished out 10 assists and had six rebounds in a loss to Golden State. Smith took notice, as did Fraizer’s former teammate and friend, Damian Lillard.
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
@stephenasmith you see your boy Tim Frazier? ?
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) October 29, 2016
Through three games, Frazier – who turns 26 on Tuesday – is averaging 13.7 points and 9.3 assists per game.