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 combined for 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists in his last three games. The Warriors won each contest, defeating the Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Vince Carter, Dallas Mavericks: Facing the New Orleans Hornets, Carter went 5-of-7 from beyond the arc to contribute to his 22-point total. He added nine rebounds, two assists and two steals as the Mavericks went on to win, 104-100. The previous game, the veteran logged 14 points and eight assists to help defeat the Orlando Magic.
Ed Davis, Memphis Grizzlies: Davis had his highest scoring game with the Grizzlies Feb. 19 as his team took on the Detroit Pistons. The forward recorded 14 points with four rebounds and four blocks. Later in the week, he notched 10 points and two blocks in the narrow victory over the Magic.
Wayne Ellington, Cleveland Cavaliers: Ellington's most notable performance last week came against the Magic when the fourth year guard shot 60 percent from the field for 15 points along with four rebounds. The Cavaliers bested the Magic, 118-94.
Raymond Felton, New York Knicks: Felton totaled 36 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds across the Knicks' last three games. His team triumphed over the Philadelphia 76ers, but fell to the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers.
Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs: Green had a couple of big games last week. Versus the Warriors, he had 20 points, four rebounds and two assists. Prior to that performance, the guard/forward was all over the court tallying 15 points, seven assists, three rebounds, two blocks and two steals as the Spurs overpowered the L.A. Clippers.
Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana Pacers: Like classic Hansbrough, the forward/center earned the majority of his points getting to the foul line last week. Over three games, he amassed 26 points, 14 of which came from free throws. The Pacers won out, defeating the Knicks then the Pistons twice.
Brendan Haywood, Charlotte Bobcats: Haywood continues to be a force on the board for the Bobcats, but is struggling to produce offensively. He pulled down five rebounds in each of the Bobcats' last three games, but only recorded two points. The Bobcats could not manage a win, falling to the Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets.
John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks: The rookie's best game last week was facing the Atlanta Hawks. Henson had 11 points with six rebounds, but the Bucks dropped the contest by one.
Antawn Jamison, L.A. Lakers: The veteran averaged 14.7 points and 5.3 rebounds last week. The Lakers were on a hot streak, taking down the Boston Celtics, Portland Trailblazers and Mavericks.
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets: Lawson has scored 20 or more points in eight of his last 10 games. He earned his seventh double-double of the season as the point guard logged 27 points and 12 assists (12-2 assist-to-turnover ratio) against the Washington Wizards.
Kendall Marshall, Phoenix Suns: Marshall contributed seven points and seven assists in his last three games, but the Suns failed to come up with a win.
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: Versus the Warriors, Williams shot 50 percent from three-point land and totaled 11 points. The Jazz won, 115-101.
Brandan Wright, Dallas Mavericks: Wright had eight points and eight rebounds in the win over the Magic. Facing the Lakers, he scored six points and grabbed just one rebound.
Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers: Zeller had two double-digit scoring games last week. He logged 10 points in the victory over the Hornets. In the following contest with the Magic, the rookie recorded 16 points and seven rebounds.