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 averaged five points, five rebounds and 2.3 assists across his last three games. The Warriors fell to the Miami Heat and Sacramento Kings, but defeated the New Orleans Hornets.

Vince Carter, Dallas Mavericks: Carter recorded season highs in four separate categories last week. Facing the Oklahoma City Thunder, the 15-year guard/forward sunk 10 field goals (season-high) plus five free throws to tally a season-high 29 points. Carter put up 15 points and added a season-high six assists and three blocks (season high) against the Orlando Magic Jan. 20.

Ed Davis, Toronto Raptors: Last week Davis extended his double-digit scoring streak to seven games. Versus the Philadelphia 76ers, he logged an impressive 18 points, 10 rebounds, a career-high six assists and two blocks. This was his sixth double-double of the season.

Wayne Ellington, Memphis Grizzlies: Ellington combined for seven points, six rebounds and two assists in the Grizzlies' last 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: The guard/forward notched 28 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals over the Spurs' three games last week. The Spurs won each contest.

Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana Pacers: Hansbrough went 5-of-8 from the field for 10 points as the Pacers took on the Magic. He added four rebounds and one assist, but his team could not hold on, falling 97-86.    

Brendan Haywood, Charlotte Bobcats: The Bobcats fought their way to a six-point win over the Magic last week with Haywood contributing eight points and seven rebounds. In the following game, the veteran logged nine points, seven rebounds and a season-high five blocks.

John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks: Henson's strongest performance came in the four-point win over the Phoenix Suns. The rookie totaled 10 points, six rebounds and one block.

Antawn Jamison, L.A. Lakers: Jamison averaged 9 points and 6.3 rebounds in the Lakers' last three games. The Lakers bested the Bucks, but dropped to the Heat and Raptors.

Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets: Lawson went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and put up 29 points with six assists as the Nuggets lost by a narrow margin to the Washington Wizards. Facing the Thunder, Lawson had 11 points, nine assists and five rebounds.

Kendall Marshall, Phoenix Suns: Marshall has not played in the Suns' last two games. He was held out of the matchup with the Thunder (coach's decision) Jan. 14. He was dressed out for the Suns' most recent game against the Bucks but did not see any minutes.

Jerry Stackhouse, Brooklyn Nets: Stackhouse's hamstring seemed to remain an issue last week as the veteran played few minutes and was unable to score. He managed three assists and one rebound across two games but was listed as inactive in the Nets' most recent game Jan. 18.

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 was back in action last week after sitting out due to inflammation in his right knee. In his last two games, Williams recorded 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, two rebounds and two steals.

Brandan Wright, Dallas Mavericks: Wright saw limited minutes versus the Minnesota Timberwolves and could not convert. He has been held out of the Mavericks' last two games.

Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers: Zeller earned his fourth double-double of his career facing the Utah Jazz. The center/forward posted 13 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks, but the Cavaliers dropped the contest, 109-89. Zeller also recorded 11 points and nine rebounds against the Portland Trailblazers and 13 points, six rebounds and four blocks versus the Kings.