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' best performance came against the Boston Celtics when the rookie notched 16 points, grabbed six rebounds and came away with three steals. The Warriors could not finish, however, falling, 94-86.
Vince Carter, Dallas Mavericks: The veteran put up 20 points with four rebounds and two assists in the win over the Brooklyn Nets March 1. The following game he contributed 12 points and four rebounds as the Mavericks lost to the Houston Rockets, 136-103.
Ed Davis, Memphis Grizzlies: Davis earned his first double-double playing for the Grizzlies (seventh of the season) as his team took on the Orlando Magic. The third year forward put together 10 points and 10 rebounds along with three blocks and two steals to help the Grizzlies to victory.
Wayne Ellington, Cleveland Cavaliers: Facing the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors Ellington had back-to-back 13-point games. Against the Raptors, he went 5-of-8 from the field and added three assists as the Cavaliers triumphed, 103-92.
Raymond Felton, New York Knicks: Felton combined for 42 points, 10 assists, 11 rebounds and seven steals over his last three games. The Knicks outlasted the Warriors and Washington Wizards, but dropped by a slight margin to the Miami Heat.
Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs: Green shot 50 percent or better from the field in the Spurs' last three games. He scored 15 points with two blocks and two steals against the Sacramento Kings then notched 16 points the following game versus the Detroit Pistons.
Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana Pacers: Hansbrough struggled to find his rhythm this week. The forward/center strung together seven points, three rebounds and three steals across the Pacers' last two games.
Brendan Haywood, Charlotte Bobcats: Haywood saw fewer minutes last week, only managing nine rebounds and three blocks in two games. The Bobcats were bested by the Denver Nuggets, the L.A. Clippers and the Utah Jazz.
John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks: In his last two games the rookie pulled together 20 points and seven rebounds, shooting at least 80 percent in each contest. The Bucks overpowered the Rockets and the Raptors.
Antawn Jamison, L.A. Lakers: The veteran logged 17 points and eight rebounds in the victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Facing the Atlanta Hawks Jamison had 10 points and repeated with eight rebounds.
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets: With 30 points, Lawson led his team in scoring while adding six assists and two steals as the Nuggets outlasted the Portland Trailblazers Feb. 27. In the previous game, the point guard contributed 22 points and eight assists in his team's win over the Lakers.
Kendall Marshall, Phoenix Suns: Marshall combined for eight points and nine assists across the Suns' last three games. His team won out, besting the Timberwolves, Spurs and Hawks.
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 shot 50 percent from the field (2-of-2 from beyond the arc) to total 15 points against the Celtics. Versus the Hawks, he logged eight points and four assists, but the Jazz dropped the contest.
Brandan Wright, Dallas Mavericks: Wright had 12 points and three rebounds against the Rockets. Earlier in the week, he posted 10 points and two rebounds as the Mavericks fell to the Bucks.
Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers: Zeller averaged 6.3 points and five rebounds over the Cavaliers' last three games. The Cavaliers defeated the Bulls and the Raptors, but fell to the Clippers.