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: Facing the Denver Nuggets, Barnes sunk a career-high five three-pointers to contribute to his 21 point total (also a career high). The Warriors were bested, 116-105. In the win over the Portland Trailblazers the rookie forward tallied 13 points, seven rebounds and two steals.
Vince Carter, Dallas Mavericks: The veteran's best performance last week came during the Mavericks' matchup with the Sacramento Kings. Carter posted 23 points and brought down five rebounds as his team went on to win, 117-112.
Ed Davis, Toronto Raptors: Davis has scored in the double digits in his last three games. Most recently when taking on the Milwaukee Bucks, he recorded 20 points and 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. He added 12 points and eight rebounds as the Raptors trumped the Chicago Bulls and 17 points and nine rebounds in the win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Wayne Ellington, Memphis Grizzlies: In the Grizzlies' last two games Ellington managed four points, two assists, one rebound and one steal.
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 posted 15 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal across three games. The Spurs outlasted the Lakers and Bucks, but fell to the Grizzlies.
Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana Pacers: The fourth-year forward/center had a tough week. His best game was against the Knicks when he pushed for six points, four rebounds and one steal.
Brendan Haywood, Charlotte Bobcats: After a two-win week, the Bobcats fell back into a losing pattern, dropping their last three contests. Haywood is still struggling to produce offensively. Over his last three games, he recorded 10 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks.
John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks: With 19 points versus the Raptors, Henson was one point shy of tying his career record. He added six rebounds and two blocks in the Bucks win.
Antawn Jamison, L.A. Lakers: Jamison had a productive week for the Lakers. Most recently, he posted 16 points, four rebounds and two steals as his team went on the beat the Cleveland Cavaliers. Against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the veteran notched 19 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets: Lawson contributed 19 points and boasted an 8-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in the three-point win over the Orlando Magic. Playing the Warriors, the point guard scored 20 points with a 6-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Kendall Marshall, Phoenix Suns: Marshall is still not seeing much playing time. He returned to the court Jan. 11 and logged two rebounds and one assist.
Jerry Stackhouse, Brooklyn Nets: Recovering from a sore hamstring, Stackhouse was back in action Jan. 13 as the Nets took on the Pacers. He played just six minutes in which he managed two points.
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 has not dressed out since Jan. 9 due to inflammation in his right knee. He is listed as probable for the game against the Miami Heat Jan. 14.
Brandan Wright, Dallas Mavericks: Wright was inactive since Dec. 30 with a quad strain but saw his first minutes of play as the Mavericks matched up with the Grizzlies Jan. 12. He played six minutes and recorded two points and one rebound.
Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers: Zeller earned his third double-double of his career facing the Atlanta Hawks. The center/forward posted 11 points and 12 rebounds as the Cavaliers won, 99-83.