PORTLAND, Ore. — Former Montana State men's basketball player Keljin Blevins became the first Bobcat to play in a regular-season NBA game Wednesday night, entering in the fourth quarter for the Portland Trail Blazers against the Utah Jazz.
Blevins, who played for MSU from 2017-19 after transferring from Southern Mississippi, played four minutes off the bench for the Trail Blazers in a 120-100 defeat. The 6-foot-6 wing was 0-for-2 from the floor, including a missed 3-pointer, but had an assist.
Blevins, the cousin of Portland star and Weber State alum Damian Lillard, signed a "two-way" contract three weeks ago for the entire season. Two-way players can appear in up to 50 games with their team.
Blevins signed with Portland a year ago and played in four preseason games before he was waived. He spent the remainder of the year with the G-League's Northern Arizona Suns, where he averaged four points per game.
Blevins, a native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, averaged 11.8 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds for MSU in his senior season (2018-19). He went undrafted and played for Portland's Summer League team.