Keljin Blevins, an MSU alumnus, appeared in his first NBA game of the regular season on Wednesday, Dec. 23 as a wing for the Portland Trail Blazers. Though he only played for a total of four minutes against the Utah Jazz, Blevins became the first Bobcat to ever play in an NBA regular-season game.
After transferring from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2016-17, Blevins spent his first season at MSU as a redshirt. He played his first full season for the Bobcats in the 2017-18 season, starting as a forward for all 31 games that season.
After finishing his senior year in 2019 just shy of 900 minutes on the court, with 365 points for the season and a degree in business, Blevins spent the summer at the Trail Blazers’ training camp. The team waived Blevins, moving him to their G League affiliates, the Northern Arizona Suns.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic bringing the 2019-20 season to an abrupt close, Blevins managed an impressive enough season to get called back up to the big leagues.
In November 2020, the Trail Blazers signed Blevins under a two-way contract, stipulating that he would continue to play for the Suns while getting some playtime in the NBA alongside his cousin and Trail Blazers star point guard, Damian Lillard. Lillard is also a former standout in the Big Sky Conference and played for the Weber State Wildcats from 2008-11.
Since his NBA debut, Blevins has appeared in another three games for the Blazers. Most recently, he helped them to an impressive 135 - 117 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, Jan. 7.
The Trail Blazers currently sit just behind Utah for the lead in the Northwest standings with five wins and four losses. Portland will face off against the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, Jan. 14 and the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, Jan. 16.