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: With 15 points and 10 rebounds, the rookie recorded the fourth double-double of his career as the Warriors took on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Warriors won, 105-89.
Vince Carter, Dallas Mavericks: Carter averaged 18.7 points and 12.5 rebounds across his last three games. In the 108-105 win over the Denver Nuggets, the veteran put up 22 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.
Ed Davis, Memphis Grizzlies: Davis shot 60 percent from the field, contributing to his eight points and six rebounds against the Charlotte Bobcats. The Grizzlies defeated the Bobcats, 94-75.
Wayne Ellington, Cleveland Cavaliers: Ellington put together 34 points, 12 rebounds and six assists over the Cavaliers' last three games. But his team was unable to come up with a win, falling to the Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers.
Raymond Felton, New York Knicks: Versus the Chicago Bulls, Felton logged a season-high 49 minutes and notched 19 points with six assists and five rebounds. The Knicks dropped the contest, 118-111.
Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs: Green strung together three double-digit performances in the last week. The fourth-year veteran averaged 12.7 points and 3.3 rebounds as the Spurs bested the Sacramento Kings but fell to the Nuggets and the L.A. Lakers.
Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana Pacers: Against the Cavaliers, Hansbrough tallied 12 points along with four rebounds. The Pacers overpowered the Cavaliers, 99-94.
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 became the first player since Dennis Rodman in 1995 to pull down 25 rebounds in a single contest. He accomplished this feat versus the Orlando Magic while also posting 17 points and a career-high seven blocks. The Bucks failed to overpower the Magic, however, dropping, 113-103.
Antawn Jamison, L.A. Lakers: Shooting 60 percent from beyond the arc, Jamison totaled 15 points and brought down six rebounds as the Lakers topped the Spurs.
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets: Lawson came back strong from his second bout of recovery from a heel injury. The point guard shot 5-of-7 from the field for 13 points and three assists in the Knicks' three-points loss to the Mavericks. In the following game, Lawson had 12 points and a 10-1 assist-to-turnover ratio as the Knicks bested the Portland Trailblazers.
Kendall Marshall, Phoenix Suns: Marshall combined for 10 points and 11 assists across the Suns' last three games. The Suns' trumped the Mavericks, but could not overpower the Houston Rockets or the Timberwolves.
Jerry Stackhouse, Brooklyn Nets: Stackhouse worked his way back up to averaging 22 minutes per game last week. Against the Pacers, he recorded 13 points with one rebound.
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 managed four points with three rebounds and two assists in his latest game versus the Timberwolves. The Jazz won, 107-100.
Brandan Wright, Dallas Mavericks: Wright totaled 31 points and 14 rebounds in his three games last week. The Mavericks beat the New Orleans Hornets and Nuggets, but fell to the Suns.
Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers: Zeller struggled this week, with his best performance coming against the Pistons. The rookie scrapped for eight points and five rebounds, but the Cavaliers were defeated by a small margin.