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.
It was a short week for many as the league prepared for the NBA All-Star weekend Feb. 15-17. As a part of the weekend, former Tar Heel teammates Harrison Barnes and Tyler Zeller competed together in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge.
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors: As a member of Team Shaq (O'Neal) in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, Barnes recorded 12 points, but Team Shaq was bested by Team Chuck (Barkley), 163-135.
Vince Carter, Dallas Mavericks: Facing the Sacramento Kings, Carter went 6-of-9 from beyond the arc, finishing the game with 26 points along with five rebounds and two steals. The Mavericks topped the Kings, 123-100.
Ed Davis, Memphis Grizzlies: Davis is still seeing limited minutes as he adjusts to the Grizzlies. He managed four points, one rebound and one block in the win over the Kings Feb. 13.
Wayne Ellington, Cleveland Cavaliers: Ellington logged five points, two steals and one rebound in the one-point loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Raymond Felton, New York Knicks: Against the Toronto Raptors, Felton contributed 16 points, 10 of which came from free throws, five assists, four steals and four rebounds. The Knicks could not quite hold on, falling, 92-88.
Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs: Green had four points, four steals and three rebounds as the Spurs defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers by one.
Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana Pacers: With 19 points (tying his season high) and 10 rebounds, Hansbrough earned his second double-double of the season versus the Charlotte Bobcats. He also set a season high with eight made field goals in the Pacers' victory.
Brendan Haywood, Charlotte Bobcats: In 10 minutes of play, Haywood was able to grab three rebounds as his team fell to the Pacers, 101-77.
John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks: Henson's contribution in the Bucks' two-point win over the Philadelphia 76ers was on the defensive end of the floor. He pulled down four rebounds and added one steal, playing just six minutes.
Antawn Jamison, L.A. Lakers: Across his last two games, Jamison averaged 18 points and seven rebounds. The Lakers overpowered the Phoenix Suns, but dropped to their city rivals the L.A. Clippers.
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets: Though the Nuggets could not come up with a win in their last two games, Lawson led his team in scoring during both contests. Facing the Raptors, Lawson put up 29 points with a 9-0 assist-to-turnover ratio and three steals. The following game, the point guard recorded 26 points and matched his nine assists as the Nuggets dropped to the Brooklyn Nets.
Kendall Marshall, Phoenix Suns: In his last game, the rookie was a facilitator, logging four assists in 16 minutes, but the Suns fell to the Lakers.
Jerry Stackhouse, Brooklyn Nets: Suffering from a stiff neck, Stackhouse has not played since Jan. 26. His status remains day-to-day.
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 two points and eight rebounds over his team's last two games. The Jazz overpowered the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Brandan Wright, Dallas Mavericks: Against the Atlanta Hawks, Wright shot 5-of-6 from the field and totaled 11 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. The following game, he added five points and seven rebounds, contributing to the win over the Kings.
Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers: In his last game before the All-Star break, Zeller put up 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had four assists against the Spurs. In the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge the rookie had four points and four rebounds.