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 could not find his shot against the Charlotte Bobcats, posting just four points that all came from the foul line. The forward made a bigger impact in the following game as he recorded 13 points and three steals in the three-point loss to the L.A. Lakers.
Vince Carter, Dallas Mavericks: While the Mavericks went 1-4 last week, Carter averaged more than 12 points and five rebounds per game. The veteran guard/forward also logged two steals versus the Miami Heat and three more against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Ed Davis, Toronto Raptors: Davis shot 5-of-7 from the field for 11 points Dec. 19 facing the Detroit Pistons. He also recorded nine rebounds and two blocks as the Raptors went on to win, 97-91. In the following game, Davis reached the double digits again with 10 points. He added six rebounds, two assists and two steals in the win over the Orlando Magic.
Wayne Ellington, Memphis Grizzlies: Ellington had few scoring opportunities last week, taking just seven shots across the Grizzlies' last three games. Over that time the guard put together four points, two steals and two assists.
Raymond Felton, New York Knicks: Felton put up 21 points and grabbed a season-high six rebounds against the Chicago Bulls, but the Knicks fell short of a win. He also notched 15 points in the narrow win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs: The fourth year veteran lead his team in scoring, setting a new career record with 25 points when facing the Mavericks Dec. 23. Green sunk 9-of-10 field goals, seven of which were from beyond the arc.
Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana Pacers: Over the Pacers' last three games, Hansbrough averaged 14 minutes per game and recorded 11 points and seven rebounds.
Brendan Haywood, Charlotte Bobcats: The Bobcats have continued their losing streak, bringing the tally to 15 straight losses. Haywood's best game last week was facing the Phoenix Suns when the big man managed six points and six rebounds. In the Bobcats' latest matchup with the Denver Nuggets, Haywood only saw three minutes of playing time.
John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks: Henson did not make it on to the court in two of the Bucks' games last week. He played four minutes against the Grizzlies, shooting only once but making it count. Henson also saw four minutes versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. He did not have the chance to convert on offense, but the forward grabbed two defensive rebounds.
Antawn Jamison, L.A. Lakers: Jamison had to watch his team struggle from the bench last week. The Lakers' two matchups came down to one-possession wins over the Bobcats and Warriors, respectively.
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets: In the Nuggets' win over the Spurs early last week, Lawson recorded 12 points, five assists and two steals. In the following game, the point guard added 13 points and eight assists as the Nuggets fell to the Portland Trailblazers. Lawson strained his Achilles tendon in the first half against the Bobcats Dec. 22 and sat out the remainder of the game. In the 17 minutes before the injury, Lawson had a 5-0 assist to turnover ratio.
Kendall Marshall, Phoenix Suns: In his return to the Suns on Dec. 23, Marshall played four minutes. He was unable to convert against the L.A. Clippers, managing only one defensive rebound.
Jerry Stackhouse, Brooklyn Nets: Stackhouse has been recovering from a sore knee since the Dec. 11 matchup with the Knicks. In his first game back facing the 76ers, the veteran played 13 minutes and recorded four points, one assist and one steal.
Rasheed Wallace, New York Knicks: The 16-year veteran is suffering through a stress fracture in his foot. He has been held out of the Knicks' last five games and his status remains day-to-day.
Marvin Williams, Utah Jazz: Williams most notable performance last week came versus the Heat. The forward logged 16 points and four rebounds.
Brandan Wright, Dallas Mavericks: Wright shot 60 percent or better in the Mavericks' three games last week. He averaged 10 points and 4.7 rebounds a game.
Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers: The rookie came alive as the Cavaliers matched up with the Boston Celtics. Playing the most minutes of his career (36), Zeller went 9-of-15 for a career-high 20 points. He continued the double-digit scoring in his next two games and added 10 rebounds against the Bucks to secure his second career double-double.