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: Shooting over 60 percent in his last two games, the rookie posted 16 points with eight rebounds in the win over the Washington Wizards. Facing the San Antonio Spurs, Barnes notched 13 points, but the Warriors were defeated, 104-93.
Vince Carter, Dallas Mavericks: The veteran guard/forward contributed valuable bench points for the Mavericks last week. Carter recorded 19 points and five rebounds as his team bested the Boston Celtics, then added 15 points along with three rebounds in the narrow victory over the Utah Jazz.
Ed Davis, Memphis Grizzlies: After a minor slump, Davis found his way back to the double-digits, scoring 11 points and grabbing eight rebounds with five blocks as the Grizzlies trumped the Celtics.
Wayne Ellington, Cleveland Cavaliers: Playing a career-high 41 minutes versus the Miami Heat, the fourth-year guard tallied 20 points. Ellington's seven rebounds matched his career high, but the Cavaliers dropped the contest by three.
Raymond Felton, New York Knicks: Felton was quieter than normal as the Knicks won out last week. The point guard averaged 7.7 points and four assists over three games.
Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs: Green went 6-of-9 from the field to total 15 points facing the Jazz. The Spurs held on to defeat the Jazz, 104-97.
Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana Pacers: It was a record setting week for the fourth-year forward/center. Versus the Orlando Magic, Hansbrough fought for nine offensive rebounds, contributing to his 14 total boards (both career highs). Hansbrough earned his third consecutive double-double as he put up 22 points (season high) and pulled down 12 rebounds against the Milwaukee Bucks. In his latest game, Hansbrough played a season-high 28 minutes and tied his career high with three assists as the Pacers suffered a three-point loss to the Chicago Bulls.
Brendan Haywood, Charlotte Bobcats: Haywood will watch the rest of the season from the bench as the veteran recovers from a stress reaction in his left foot. The Bobcats expect two months before the center can return to action.
John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks: Henson was most effective on the boards last week combining for 15 rebounds in his last two games. He logged 12 points as the Bucks fell to the Atlanta Hawks and Pacers.
Antawn Jamison, L.A. Lakers: Jamison had 11 points and seven rebounds in the Lakers' most recent matchup with the Wizards. The Lakers fell, 103-100.
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets have extended their win streak to 15 straight games, but Lawson has sat the last two out with a heel injury. His last appearance was March 19 when the point guard amassed 25 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Kendall Marshall, Phoenix Suns: Marshall put together five points and seven assists in his last two games. The Suns lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets.
Jerry Stackhouse, Brooklyn Nets: After suffering from a stiff neck since Jan. 26, Stackhouse returned to the court to face the Detroit Pistons March 18. The veteran logged 10 points along with three assists as the Nets overpowered the Pistons, 119-82.
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 13 points and 14 rebounds across his last three games. The Jazz were unable to come up with a win against the Houston Rockets, Spurs and Mavericks.
Brandan Wright, Dallas Mavericks: Versus the Celtics, Wright recorded a season-high 23 points, just two shy of his career best. The center/forward also brought down five offensive rebounds to set a new season high.
Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers: With 12 points and 11 rebounds, Zeller earned his sixth-career double-double as the Cavaliers were beaten by the Heat.