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 shot 66 percent for seven points in the Warriors' most recent game against the Milwaukee Bucks, but the Warriors fell, 109-102. Earlier in the week, the rookie tallied five points, 12 rebounds and five assists in two games.
Vince Carter, Dallas Mavericks: Carter notched double digits in two games last week. Facing the San Antonio Spurs, the guard/forward put up 17 points, adding four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. He logged 15 points with four rebounds, three assists and three steals in the win over the Phoenix Suns.
Ed Davis, Toronto Raptors: Across his last three games, Davis averaged 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds. The Raptors bested the Orlando Magic, but dropped to the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Wayne Ellington, Memphis Grizzlies: Ellington came alive last week, shooting 7-of-9 from the field (3-for-3 beyond the arc) for 17 points in the one-point loss to the Indiana Pacers. His accuracy continued as the Grizzlies took on the Raptors. The guard was 3-of-5 from the field (3-of-4 beyond the arc) for 12 points as the Grizzlies topped the Raptors, 99-98.
Raymond Felton, New York Knicks: After fracturing his pinky finger on his right hand Christmas day, Felton made his return to the court against the Philadelphia 76ers. Playing 29 minutes, the point guard managed eight points, three assists and two steals. The following game, Felton contributed 12 points, 10 assists and four rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs: Green's best performance last week came when the Spurs took on the New Orleans Hornets. He recorded 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals as his team went on to defeat the Hornets, 106-102.
Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana Pacers: The fourth-year forward/center shot 80 percent from the field in two of his last three games. Against the Grizzlies, he logged nine points and eight rebounds. Facing the Utah Jazz, Hansbrough added eight points and three rebounds, but the Pacers fell by a narrow margin.
Brendan Haywood, Charlotte Bobcats: Haywood struggled last week, producing six points and 12 rebounds across three games.
John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks: Last week, Henson totaled 13 points and four rebounds over two games. The Bucks defeated the 76ers, but could not hold on versus the Cavaliers.
Antawn Jamison, L.A. Lakers: Jamison's strongest game was against the Oklahoma City Thunder when the veteran recorded 12 points and two rebounds in 14 minutes. The Lakers won, 105-96.
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets: Lawson continued to post high numbers last week. Taking on the Houston Rockets, the point guard put up 21 points along with seven assists, four rebounds and two steals. Lawson repeated the performance, and then some, versus the Sacramento Kings as he posted 26 points, six assists and four steals.
Kendall Marshall, Phoenix Suns: Marshall saw his first minutes since Jan. 12 facing the Mavericks. In 15 minutes, the rookie went 2-of-3 from beyond the arc for six points.
Jerry Stackhouse, Brooklyn Nets: Stackhouse's hamstring continued to give him trouble last week. He played limited minutes in the Nets' three games and was only able to contribute six points and one rebound.
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 combined for 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals over the Jazz's last three games. His team was bested by the Lakers but overpowered the Washington Wizards and Pacers.
Brandan Wright, Dallas Mavericks: After watching from the bench since Jan. 14, Wright was back in action Jan. 27. He managed four points and three rebounds in the Mavericks' win over the Suns.
Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers: Zeller had two double-digit rebounding games last week. He posted six points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in the win over the Boston Celtics. Versus the Raptors, the rookie added four points and 12 rebounds.