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: The rookie forward was in the zone offensively as the Warriors took down the Atlanta Hawks, 115-93. Barnes totaled 19 points, shooting 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Earlier last week, Barnes saw fewer minutes but still managed eight points and three rebounds against the Miami Heat.
Vince Carter, Dallas Mavericks: Carter played his most minutes yet this season (36) in the Mavericks' two-point loss to the Boston Celtics Dec. 12. He logged 10 points and a season-high, eight rebounds, seven of which came on the defensive end (also a season high in defensive rebounds).
Ed Davis, Toronto Raptors: Davis had a standout night Dec. 12 when the Raptors played the Brooklyn Nets. The forward matched his previous career record with 24 points and knocked down 11 field goals to set a new career high. Davis also pulled down 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
Wayne Ellington, Memphis Grizzlies: Shooting 50 percent or better in his last two games, Ellington has provided solid bench points for his team. He scored 11 points in the close loss to the Denver Nuggets then added six more as the Grizzlies went on to defeat the Utah Jazz, 99-86.
Raymond Felton, New York Knicks: Felton continued to post high numbers as he led the Knicks to victory in all three of their games last week. Against the L.A. Lakers, the point guard put up 19 points along with eight assists and a steal. Felton notched 25 points and 7 assists in the one-point win over the Cleveland Cavilers.
Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs had a couple of tough losses last week, but ended on a high note. Green found his way to the basket for 12 points against the Jazz and recorded three steals, but the Spurs could not hold on, falling 99-96. Later in the week, the fourth-year guard/forward matched his previous 12 points and added four assists as the Spurs bested the Celtics, 103-88.
Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana Pacers: Hansbrough was fairly consistent on offense for the Pacers' last week. Most notably, the forward/center recorded 11 points and six rebounds when facing the Detroit Pistons. The Pacers won the contest, 88-77.
Brendan Haywood, Charlotte Bobcats: Struggling to find a rhythm, the Bobcats have lost their last 11 games. Haywood has been getting very few opportunities to score recently, but when he has, the center has been accurate. Haywood went 3-for-3 against the Lakers for six points and 2-for-3 for four points versus the Orlando Magic.
John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks: Henson still saw reduced playing time against the Sacramento Kings, recording only 2 minutes on the court. The rookie was unable to post any numbers during this time. In the following game, Henson managed two points, two blocks and five rebounds, but the Bucks fell to the L.A. Clippers, 111-85.
Antawn Jamison, L.A. Lakers: After a few solid weeks of play for Jamison, the veteran forward has slowed down. Over his last three games, Jamison amassed three points, three assists and 10 rebounds.
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets: Lawson had another impressive week, logging his second double-double of the season facing the Minnesota Timberwolves. The point guard scored 17 points and assisted on 11 field goals, but the Nuggets dropped, 108-105. Across his next two games, Lawson added 24 points and 12 assists.
Kendall Marshall, Bakersfield Jam: Marshall is showing improvement with the increased playing time he receives on the Jam. The rookie point guard had eight points, 11 assists and four rebounds in the Jam's first matchup with the Tulsa 66ers. The following night, Marshall put up 13 points and seven assists as the Jam fell to the 66ers, 114-98.
Jerry Stackhouse, Brooklyn Nets: In the Nets second matchup of the season with the Knicks, Stackhouse was shut down. He was unable to post any points and could only come away with one rebound.
Rasheed Wallace, New York Knicks: Wallace contributed solid bench points for the Knicks in both games last week. He recorded eight points against the Nets then repeated the performance versus the Lakers. Over the two games Wallace also grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots.
Marvin Williams, Utah Jazz: Williams' most notable performance from the previous week came when the Jazz took on the Phoenix Suns. The eighth-year forward scored 11 points and brought down five rebounds.
Brandan Wright, Dallas Mavericks: Wright had trouble on the defensive end of the court last week, but shot 100 percent from the field for 13 points facing the Raptors. The Mavericks dropped the contest, 95-74.
Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers: Zeller has been a consistent performer for the Cavaliers, recently. In the one-point loss to the Lakers, the rookie put up eight points and six rebounds. In his previous two games, Zeller posted 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks.