Tar Heels In the NBA Update
by Megan Morketter, GoHeels.com
North Carolina has an all-time high of 17 former Tar Heels playing in the NBA this season, many of whom are playing key roles with a variety of teams. GoHeels.com will update Carolina fans on a weekly basis on how UNC alums have played in the last week.
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors: Barnes had a solid performance Dec. 5 as the Warriors took on the Detroit Pistons. The forward posted 10 points, five rebounds and three assists in the 104-97 win. Barnes added nine points and nine rebounds along with six assists over the following two games.
Vince Carter, Dallas Mavericks: Carter carried his double-digit scoring streak into the beginning of last week, putting up 16 points and seven rebounds in the Mavericks loss to the L.A. Lakers. Dipping below the mark against the Phoenix Suns, the guard jumped back to the double digits two days later with 12 points and five rebounds as the Mavericks bested the Houston Rockets.
Ed Davis, Toronto Raptors: Recording his second double-double of the season, Davis scored 13 points and brought down 11 rebounds when facing the Sacramento Kings Dec. 5. In the previous game against the Denver Nuggets, the forward posted numbers across the board with six points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.
Wayne Ellington, Memphis Grizzlies: The fourth year veteran knocked down 3-of-4 shots from the field for eight points as the Grizzlies fell to the Atlanta Hawks, 93-83.
Raymond Felton, New York Knicks: Felton set a new season high in the 20-point win over the Miami Heat, scoring 27 points. The point guard matched this record in the Knicks following game against the Chicago Bulls. In the close loss, Felton also set season highs in free throws made and attempted (8-9) as well as rebounds, with five.
Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs: The guard/forward had a record-setting game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Green sunk a career-high seven three-pointers and added one more field goal for a total of 23 points. This season high fell one point short of tying Green's career high. The Spurs defeated the Bobcats, 132-102.
Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana Pacers: Though mostly quiet throughout the week, Hansbrough put up solid numbers off the bench in last Wednesday's game against the Portland Trailblazers. The forward/center managed 10 points and grabbed five rebounds as the Pacers held on for the win.
Brendan Haywood, Charlotte Bobcats: The big man had trouble converting last week but fared slightly better on the defensive end of the floor. Across his last three games, Haywood recorded six points and brought down 15 rebounds.
John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks: Playing just eight minutes over the Bucks' last two games, Henson had few scoring opportunities. The forward was held to two points and two rebounds, all coming from his most recent game against the Bobcats.
Antawn Jamison, L.A. Lakers: The veteran forward continued to post impressive numbers as the Lakers faced the Rockets and New Orleans Hornets last week. Jamison put up 15 points in both contests, adding nine rebounds and a season-high three blocks in the two-point loss to the Rockets.
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets: Lawson led his team in points, with a season-high 32, as the Nuggets took on the Hawks Dec. 5. The point guard went 5-for-5 from beyond the arc and sank seven more shots for a career-high 12 field goals made.
Kendall Marshall, Bakersfield Jam: Not seeing much playing behind two veteran point guards, Marshall was transferred to the Bakersfield Jam, the Suns' developmental team. The rookie point guard has averaged more than 32 minutes per game. With 11 points and 10 rebounds in the win over the L.A. D-Fenders, Marshall recorded his first career double-double.
Jerry Stackhouse, Brooklyn Nets: In his 18th year in the NBA, Stackhouse is still playing long minutes. He recorded 30 minutes against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and in that time the forward/guard contributed eight points and four assists.
Rasheed Wallace, New York Knicks: Wallace struggled from three-point range against the Heat, but still managed 12 points and seven rebounds. The Knicks went on the win, 112-92.
Marvin Williams, Utah Jazz: Coming back from what was deemed "concussion-like symptoms," Williams scored eight points and brought down four rebounds versus the Orlando Magic. In the 32-point win over the Raptors, the forward posted 14 points.
Brandan Wright, Dallas Mavericks: After being benched for poor performance, Wright made his presence known this past week, recording season high numbers in multiple categories. The center/forward played 30 minutes against the Rockets (season high) and logged eight points along with three assists (season high). In his previous game, facing the Suns, Wright tallied eight field goals for 16 points (both season highs).
Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers: Zeller found his way to the basket consistently on both ends of the court in last week's games. The center/forward posted 28 points and grabbed 22 rebounds over the Cavaliers' previous three games.