Duke in the NBA Update: Irving Shines at All-Star Weekend
DURHAM, N.C. – The NBA held its annual All-Star game last weekend in Houston, Texas, and former Blue Devils Kyrie Irving and Luol Deng each shined throughout the weekend. Irving scored 32 points in the young stars game Friday, won the three-point competition Saturday and tallied 15 points in the All-Star game Sunday. Meanwhile, Luol Deng came off the bench to score 10 points for the Eastern Conference in Sunday’s All-Star game.
Battier continued his success leading up to this past weekend’s All-Star break. He scored 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc in a 111-89 win over the Clippers on Feb. 8. Two nights prior, the 11th-year pro scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three and dished a season-high three assists in a 114-108 win over the Rockets. Battier finished with 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from three last night, as the Heat defeated Atlanta, 103-90.
Forward - Dallas Mavericks
Drafted: 1st Round (1st pick) by the Chicago Bulls (1999)
2012-13 Stats: 49 games, 7.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.6 SPG, 1.3 BPG
Brand recorded his sixth double-double of the season in a 116-91 win over the Warriors on Feb. 9. He continues to be one of the top shot blockers in the league, ranking among the top-25 in blocked shots with 1.29 per game, as well as rebounding per 48 minutes played where the 13th-year pro averages 14.3 per game to rank 17th. In his first game after the All-Star break, Brand scored 17 points to help the Mavericks to a 111-96 win over the Magic. He finished the contest 6-of-9 shooting from the floor.
Forward - Chicago Bulls
Drafted: 2nd Round (35th pick) by the Cleveland Cavaliers (2002)
2012-13 Stats: 50 games, 15.7 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Boozer continues to be a dominant inside presence for the Bulls in the month of February. The 10th-year pro has scored 10+ points in the last seven games that he has played. Boozer also has recorded a double-double in his last two games. In his last game on Feb. 19, the big man netted 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the 96-87 Bulls win over the Hornets. Prior to the All-Star break, Boozer scored 11 points and had 11 boards in a hard-fought 71-69 loss to the Celtics. The Chicago forward ranks seventh in the NBA in double-doubles, while ranking in the top-15 in the league in rebounding. Boozer is second on the Bulls this season in scoring.
Forward - Chicago Bulls
Drafted: 1st Round (7th pick) by the Phoenix Suns (2004)
2012-13 Stats: 48 games, 16.8 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Chicago’s leading scorer this season, Deng participated in this past weekend’s All-Star festivities scoring 10 points off the bench for the Eastern Conference. Deng recorded double-doubles in two of his last three games for the Bulls. He scored 15 points and grabbed 10 boards in a 93-89 win over the Jazz on Feb. 8. Deng was able to seal the game for the Bulls with three free-throws in the final 20 seconds of the game. In his next game, the eighth-year pro recorded his second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 11 boards in a 103-89 win over the Spurs. As the Bulls returned to action Tuesday, Deng poured in 20 points in the 96-87 win over the Hornets. Deng has scored in double figures in seven of the eight games he has played in the month of February.
Guard - Los Angeles Lakers
Drafted: 2nd Round (38th pick) by the Chicago Bulls (2004)
2012-13 Stats: 41 games, 3.2 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 3.2 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Duhon appeared in his first game since Feb. 7 against the Celtics Wednesday. In the game against Boston, Duhon scored one basket on 1-of-2 shooting to finish with three points and dished one assist in eight minutes of action. Duhon is averaging less than one turnover per game at 0.88, which is on track to be the lowest number of turnovers per game in his eight-year career. He has recorded five or more assists in 10 games this season.
Forward - Milwaukee Bucks
Drafted: 1st Round (3rd pick) by the Golden State Warriors (2002)
2012-13 Stats: 46 games, 11.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Dunleavy continues to be one of the Bucks top offensive threats this season, despite coming off the bench in each of the 46 games he has played this season. He has scored in double figures in 10 of his past 12 contests. Dunleavy has continued his impressive shooting from three, ranking sixth in the league in three-point field goal percentage at 43.9-percent. The 10th-year forward ranks fourth on the Bucks in scoring this season.
Guard - Charlotte Bobcats
Drafted: 1st Round (12th pick) by the Charlotte Bobcats (2009)
2012-13 Stats: 40 games, 13.1 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Henderson has scored in double figures in every game he has played in the month of February. The third-year guard scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 105-92 Bobcats win over the Orlando Magic in the first game after the All-Star break Tuesday. Henderson also recorded a double-double in Charlotte’s 100-93 loss to the Lakers earlier in the month, with 20 points and 10 boards. Over his last five games, Henderson is averaging 17.4 points per game. He is third on the Bobcats in scoring this season.
Forward - Los Angeles Clippers
Drafted: 1st Round (3rd pick) by the Detroit Pistons (1994)
2012-13 Stats: 17 games, 3.6 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Hill’s minutes on the floor have been increasing since he returned to the Clippers lineup Jan. 12. He played a season-high 25 minutes in his last game in an 86-76 win against the Magic. Hill tallied three assists earlier in the month in back-to-back games against the Magic and Wizards, while recording two steals against the Magic. Hill scored a season-high eight points in his second game of the season, a 99-73 win over the Grizzlies.
Kyrie Irving played a large role in the festivities of All-Star weekend in Houston, Texas, last weekend. In the three-point contest Saturday, Irving finished the final round with 23 points, two shy of the record to win the event. In the rookie-sophomore game Friday, Irving poured in 32 points for Team Shaq to lead the squad in scoring. Playing in his first All-Star game Sunday, Irving came off the bench to score 15 points for the East, while assisting on four baskets.
In his first game back from the All-Star game Wednesday, Irving scored 35 points to lead the Cavs to 105-100 win over the Hornets in a nationally televised game. Prior to the All-Star break, Irving scored 20+ points in five of his past six contests, while recording seven or more assists in his past four contests. The second-year pro’s streak of 29 consecutive games in double figure scoring came to a close in a Feb. 13, 96-95, loss against the Spurs. Irving currently ranks sixth in the NBA in scoring with 23.9 points per game this season and 13th in three-point shooting percentage at 42.5-percent.
Guard/Forward - Dallas Mavericks
Drafted: 1st Round (20th pick) by the Boston Celtics (2003)
2012-13 Stats: 50 games, 3.5 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Jones has played in 49 of 52 contests this season for the Mavericks, while starting 15 games. In the last game he played prior to the All-Star break, a 123-100 win over the Kings, Jones scored six points while also recording two blocks. He ranks in the top-50 in free throw percentage and free-throw attempts per 48 minutes played. Jones was traded to the Atlanta Hawks Thursday and will make his debut Feb. 22.
Forward - Detroit Pistons
Drafted: 1st Round (13th pick) by the Seattle SuperSonics (1999)
2012-13 Stats: 18 games, 5.3 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.1 BPG
After being acquired by the Detroit Pistons over the summer, has appeared in 18 games this season coming off the bench. He has scored in double figures in two contests, with his season-high 11 points coming in a 103-83 Pistons win over the Celtics. He has not played since Dec. 15 against the Pacers.
McRoberts has played 41 contests this season for the Magic, while starting in three games. The fifth-year pro tallied eight points in a Feb. 8 contest, a 119-108 loss to the Cavs. In the game, McRoberts was 3-of-4 shooting, while recording one steal in his 12 minutes of playing time.
Plumlee has bounced back and forth between the D-League and the NBA over the past several weeks. The rookie appeared in one game for the Pacers on Feb. 13, playing four minutes in the contest. Plumlee is currently with the Pacers.
Redick returned to the Magic lineup on Feb. 10, a 110-104 win over Portland, after missing three games for the Magic with a right shoulder injury. In his first game back in the lineup, Redick poured in 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor. Redick has scored in double figures in six of his last seven games. He is tied for second this season on the Magic in scoring. Prior to Thursday’s trade deadline, Redick was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. He will make his debut on Feb. 23.
Guard - New Orleans Hornets
Drafted: 1st Round (10th pick) by the New Orleans Hornets (2012)
2012-13 Stats: 54 games, 6.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Rookie Austin Rivers has continued the strong start to his NBA career, scoring seven or more points in five of eight games in the month of February. He scored 11 points in his most recent game, a 105-100 loss to the Cavs Wednesday. Rivers ranks 18th in the league in scoring among rookies.
Forward - Detroit Pistons
Drafted: 2nd Round (33rd pick) by the Detroit Pistons (2011)
2012-13 Stats: 56 games, 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.5 BPG
In just his rookie season, Singler has found a starting role for the Pistons for the majority of the year. He has started 48 of the 56 games he has played this season and has scored in double figures in 7-of-10 games in the month of February. Singler ranks eighth among rookies in scoring, averaging 9.0 points per contest.
Guard - Portland Trail Blazers
Drafted: 1st Round (21st pick) by the Portland Trail Blaizers (2011)
2012-13 Stats: 30 games, 3.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.0 BPG
2012-13 D-League Stats: 2 games, 22.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 5.5 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Smith has continued to play well in February, in his limited role for Portland. He was a perfect 2-of-2 from the field in a 110-104 loss to the Magic on Feb. 10. Portland is in ninth place in the Western Conference with a 25-29 record.