Tar Heels In the NBA Update

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 played consistently last week, averaging 10.7 points and four rebounds over three games. The Warriors won each matchup.

Vince Carter, Dallas Mavericks: Facing the Denver Nuggets, Carter logged 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and one block. In the following game the guard/forward added 13 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal. The Mavericks could not hold on for a win in either contest.

Ed Davis, Toronto Raptors: Davis had back-to-back double-digit scoring games last week. Across these two games the third-year forward put up 31 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two blocks.

Wayne Ellington, Memphis Grizzlies: Ellington shot 66 percent from the behind the three-point line as the Grizzlies took on the Nuggets Dec. 29. He recorded six points and grabbed a season-high four defensive rebounds.

Raymond Felton, New York Knicks: It was a short week for Felton who fractured his pinky finger on his right hand Christmas day playing against the L.A. Lakers. The point guard played 36 minutes before his injury, scoring 10 points, assisting on six shots and grabbing two steals. Felton will be out for four to six weeks.

Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs: Green's best performance last week came as the Spurs matched up against the Houston Rockets. He sunk 5-of-7 three-pointers and added another field goal to total 17 points. The guard/forward also recorded five defensive rebounds, one assist and one block. 

Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana Pacers: Hansbrough went 5-of-6 from the field facing the Phoenix Suns Dec. 28. He notched 12 points along with four rebounds. The Pacers won the game, 97-91. Against the Spurs, Hansbrough came away with just six points, but pulled down 10 rebounds.

Brendan Haywood, Charlotte Bobcats: Haywood was held out of the game against the Miami Heat but was back on the court for the Bobcats' last two games. The center logged 12 points and 14 rebounds across the two games. The Bobcats dropped both contests and have pushed their losing steak to 17 straight games.

John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks: Playing just one minute against the Brooklyn Nets, Henson was unable to contribute. The Bucks bested the Nets, 108-93. In the following game versus the Heat, Henson saw three minutes of playing time and managed two points and one rebound. The Bucks won, 104-85.

Antawn Jamison, L.A. Lakers: The Lakers have found their stride recently winning six of the team's last seven games. Unfortunately, the Lakers' rotation has not included Jamison. The 15-year veteran has not played since Dec. 16.  

Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets: The point guard was able to recover from his strained Achilles tendon (suffered against the Bobcats Dec. 22) without missing a game. Across the Nuggets' last four games Lawson has averaged 11.5 points, 26 assists and14 rebounds.

Kendall Marshall, Phoenix Suns: Marshall played seven minutes in the Suns' six-point loss to the Pacers. He had a 1-1 assist to turnover ratio.

Jerry Stackhouse, Brooklyn Nets: Over his last four games, Stackhouse has recorded 17 points, three rebounds and two assists. 

Rasheed Wallace, New York Knicks: Wallace is still nursing a stress reaction and chronic condition in his left foot. The forward/center has not played since Dec. 13.

Marvin Williams, Utah Jazz: It was a slow week for Williams who managed only eight points, three rebounds and one block between the Jazz's last two games. The Jazz dropped to the Warriors and L.A. Clippers, respectively.

Brandan Wright, Dallas Mavericks: Facing the Nuggets, Wright scored 10 points and brought down four rebounds. The following game versus the Spurs, Wright only played four minutes, grabbing just one rebound.

Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers: Zeller had 12 points and seven rebounds in each of his last two games. The Cavaliers lost both contests by a slight margin.