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 has extended his double-digit scoring streak to four straight games. In back-to-back games against the L.A. Clippers he totaled 24 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks. The Warriors won the first matchup, 115-94, but dropped the second contest.
Vince Carter, Dallas Mavericks: The 15-year veteran had an impressive week. In the Mavericks' win over the Washington Wizards Carter put up 23 points and grabbed four rebounds. He logged 15 points and season-high nine rebounds versus the Miami Heat. Carter added 17 points, five rebounds and three assists when facing the New Orleans Hornets, but the Mavericks could not hold on for a win.
Ed Davis, Toronto Raptors: With 11 points and 13 rebounds against the Sacramento Kings, Davis recorded his fourth double-double of the season. Earlier in the week playing against the Portland Trailblazers, the forward notched 19 points with seven rebounds.
Wayne Ellington, Memphis Grizzlies: Across the Grizzlies' last three games Ellington scored 16 points, pulled down six rebounds, had two assists and two steals. The Grizzlies won two of their three games.
Raymond Felton, New York Knicks: Felton fractured his pinky finger on his right hand Christmas day playing against the L.A. Lakers. He will be out for four to six weeks.
Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs: Last week Green averaged 10.3 points and 3.6 rebounds over three games. He added three assists in the Spurs' win over the Philadelphia 76ers and two steals in the loss to the Knicks.
Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana Pacers: Hansbrough's best game last week came against the Boston Celtics. The fourth year forward/center made a season-high 7-of-11 field goals along with five free throws to tally 19 points (also a season high). The Pacers fell, 94-75.
Brendan Haywood, Charlotte Bobcats: Though the Bobcats have snapped their losing streak with two wins in the last week, Haywood has been struggling offensively. Across the last three games, he has managed three points, 13 rebounds, three assists and five blocks.
John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks: Henson set career records in each of his three games last week. Facing the Spurs, Henson made 10 field goals for a career-high 20 points. He set his career steals record with two in the matchup with the Houston Rockets. In the following game, Henson set records for free throws made and attempted as he went 4-of-6 from the line against the Pacers.
Antawn Jamison, L.A. Lakers: Jamison was back on the court Jan. 4 as the Lakers took on the Clippers, but only saw three minutes of play. He was able to record one rebound in the 107-102 loss. Jamison only played four minutes in the loss to the Denver Nuggets and only managed two points.
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets: Lawson recorded his third double-double of the season in the win over the Lakers. The point guard had 21 points and 10 assists with three steals. In the Nuggets' previous two games Lawson totaled 30 points, six assists and three blocks.
Kendall Marshall, Phoenix Suns: Marshall did not make it on to the court in four of the Suns' last five games. He played two minutes against the Utah Jazz Jan. 4 but was unable to contribute.
Jerry Stackhouse, Brooklyn Nets: Stackhouse was kept quiet last week. He was held out of the matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder and only put up three points in each of the last two games he played.
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: Williams scored 13 points and brought down four rebounds in the loss to the Nuggets. He recorded 11 points, five rebounds and three assists in the 22-point win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Brandan Wright, Dallas Mavericks: Wright has been inactive due to a quad strain since Dec. 30.
Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers: Zeller averaged 9.6 points and six rebounds in the Cavaliers' three games last week. In the narrow loss to the Rockets, the rookie also recorded five assists and three steals.