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 just over 80 percent from the field and tied his career high with 21 points against the Phoenix Suns. He added eight rebounds as the Warriors went on to win, 113-93.
Vince Carter, Dallas Mavericks: Carter notched 22 points, four assists and two steals against the Warriors. The following game, facing the Suns, the veteran recorded 17 points, two assists and two steals. The Mavericks fell by a slight margin to the Warriors, but bested the Suns, 109-99.
Ed Davis, Toronto Raptors: Across his last three games, Davis put up 30 points, 19 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. The Raptors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Warriors, but triumphed over the Washington Wizards.
Wayne Ellington, Memphis Grizzlies: Ellington's best game last week came against the Detroit Pistons when the guard logged 13 points. Facing the Oklahoma City Thunder, Ellington managed five points, three assists and two steals.
Raymond Felton, New York Knicks: Felton averaged 12 points and 8.3 assists over his last three games. The Knicks defeated the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings.
Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs: Green went 5-of-6 from the field (3-for-3 from beyond the arc) for 17 points versus the Charlotte Bobcats. He also had five rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in the 102-78 Spurs' win. Against the Wizards, Green had 15 points, three rebounds and two assists.
Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana Pacers: Hansbrough had two double-digit scoring games last week. Facing the Pistons, the forward/center tallied 14 points with 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. He scored 11 points and three rebounds the following game as the Pacers bested the Miami Heat.
Brendan Haywood, Charlotte Bobcats: Haywood's largest contribution to his team has been coming on the defensive end. He has grabbed 13 rebounds across his last three games, managing just eight points.
John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks: Henson shot 50 percent or better in his last three matchups. He totaled 26 points and 14 rebounds as the Bucks topped the Pistons and Magic but fell to the Chicago Bulls.
Antawn Jamison, L.A. Lakers: Jamison averaged 13.7 points and five rebounds over his last three games. He added two steals in the win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets: Lawson recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 21 points and 13 assists against the New Orleans Hornets. Earlier in the week, he logged 18 points and seven assists then 16 points and four assists in wins over the Pacers and Houston Rockets, respectively.
Kendall Marshall, Phoenix Suns: Marshall is beginning to see more playing time. Against the Mavericks the rookie played 10 minutes and contributed one point with two assists and two rebounds. He saw 19 minutes versus former teammate Barnes and the Warriors and recorded two points and three assists.
Jerry Stackhouse, Brooklyn Nets: Stackhouse has not played in the Nets' last three games. He sat out of practice Monday with a stiff neck and is listed as a game-time decision for the matchup with the Lakers Feb. 5.
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 had 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals in the win over the Hornets. Later in the week he logged 15 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals, but the Jazz were bested by the Portland Trailblazers.
Brandan Wright, Dallas Mavericks: Wright combined for 18 points and 17 rebounds across the Mavericks' last three games. He shot at least 50 percent from the field in each contest.
Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers: Zeller's best game was against the Warriors last week. He put up 16 points, pulled down three rebounds and had five assists, but the Cavaliers could not hold on for a win.