DURHAM, N.C. –. As the NBA season moves past the midway point of the season, a number of former Duke basketball players begin to emerge as integral parts of their respective teams. Kyrie Irving continues to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers in points per game, assists per game and steals per game, while Carlos Boozer currently leads all active Bulls in points scored per game.
Forward - Miami Heat
Drafted: 1st Round (6th pick) by the Memphis Grizzlies (2001)
2013-14 Stats: 38 games, 4.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.7 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.7 BPG
Battier nearly matched his season-high scoring output Friday, netting 13 points in a 101-86 Miami Heat victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. The small forward added four rebounds, two blocks and three steals in the win. The contest marked his second appearance since suffering a quadriceps injury that forced Battier to miss five consecutive contests.
Forward - Atlanta Hawks
Drafted: 1st Round (1st pick) by the Chicago Bulls (1999)
2013-14 Stats: 36 games, 4.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.4 SPG, 1.1 BPG
Brand matched a season-high after scoring 10 points against the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, shooting 5-of-8 from the floor. The power forward also contributed on the boards, collecting five rebounds. Over a six-game stretch dating back to Jan. 12, Brand was averaging 7.7 points a game, nearly double his season average.
Forward - Chicago Bulls
Drafted: 2nd Round (35th pick) by the Cleveland Cavaliers (2002)
2013-14 Stats: 41 games, 15.1 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Boozer continues putting up big numbers for the Chicago Bulls averaging 17.3 points per game over his last three games. In his most recent appearance, Boozer scored 20 points and added 14 rebounds against the Minnesota Timberwolves, marking the 13th double-double for Boozer this season.
Forward - Cleveland Cavaliers
Drafted: 1st Round (7th pick) by the Phoenix Suns (2004)
2013-14 Stats: 33 games, 18.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Deng continues to integrate himself into the Cavaliers offense following his trade from the Chicago Bulls at the beginning of January. Deng is averaging 15.6 points per game with the Cavaliers. The small forward recorded a double-double Sunday, scoring 18 points and collecting 10 rebounds. The double-double was Deng’s first with his new team.
Forward - Chicago Bulls
Drafted: 1st Round (3rd pick) by the Golden State Warriors (2002)
2013-14 Stats: 44 games, 11.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Dunleavy scored 22 points, his third highest scoring output of the season, Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dunleavy added four assists in the Bulls 98-87 victory. The small forward has scored in double digits in each of the Bulls’ last five games. Dunleavy posted an eight-rebound game against the Charlotte Bobcats, his second game with eight rebounds this season.
Guard - Charlotte Bobcats
Drafted: 1st Round (12th pick) by the Charlotte Bobcats (2009)
2013-14 Stats: 46 games, 15.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.7 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Henderson scored double-digit points in five of his last six appearances for the Bobcats, including a 17-point showing against the Orlando Magic that saw the shooting guard convert on 11 of 12 free throw attempts. Henderson also saw back-to-back five assist games against the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers, nearly matching his season high of six assists.
Guard - Cleveland Cavaliers
Drafted: 1st Round (1st pick) by the Cleveland Cavaliers (2011)
2013-14 Stats: 42 games, 21.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.2 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Irving scored 20 or more points in six of his last seven appearances for the Cleveland Cavaliers, including a 24-point performance against the Phoenix Suns, a game in which the point guard also added nine assists. One game earlier, against the Milwaukee Bucks, Irving recorded a double-double, his fifth of the season, after scoring 10 points and contributing 10 assists. The 10-assist game marked the fifth of the season that Irving recorded double-digit assists. Irving continues to lead the Cavaliers in points per game, assists and steals.
Forward - Charlotte Bobcats
Drafted: 2nd Round (37th pick) by the Portland Trail Blazers (2007)
2013-14 Stats: 45 games, 8.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.1 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.6 BPG
McRoberts is averaging nearly five assists a game over his last six games for the Charlotte Bobcats. In addition to facilitating for the Bobcats, McRoberts is also contributing on the boards, posting an eight-rebound game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. McRoberts recorded a five-game stretch where he scored in double-digits, including a 17-point outburst against the Orlando Magic on Friday.
Forward - Brooklyn Nets
Drafted: 1st Round (22nd pick) by the Brooklyn Nets (2013)
2013-14 Stats: 33 games, 5.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.7 BPG
Plumlee’s minutes continue to decline for the Brooklyn Nets power forward. Following a 28-minute game against the Toronto Raptors in which Plumlee scored six points on 3-of-5 shooting, the Duke alum saw a total of 11 minutes over his next three appearances. Plumlee has not played in the Brooklyn Nets’ three most recent contests.
Center - Phoenix Suns
Drafted: 1st Round (26th pick) by the Indiana Pacers (2012)
2013-14 Stats: 44 games, 9.7 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.7 SPG, 1.5 BPG
Plumlee recorded his 10th double-double of the season Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers after notching 13 rebounds and scoring 14 points. The center also added two assists in the 124-113 Phoenix Suns’ win. The game marked the second consecutive contest that Plumlee posted double-digit rebounds after he brought down 10 boards against the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday.
Guard - Los Angeles Clippers
Drafted: 1st Round (11th pick) by the Orlando Magic (2006)
2013-14 Stats: 26 games, 16.3 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Since returning to the Clippers’ lineup following a wrist injury, Redick has posted double-digit scoring games in eight of his last nine games, including a season-high 33-point game against the Dallas Mavericks. The shooting guard is averaging 17.4 points per game over the stretch, while also seeing an increase in his assists, recording a six-assist game against the Detroit Pistons Monday and a five-assist game against the Chicago Bulls Friday.
Guard - New Orleans Pelicans
Drafted: 1st Round (10th pick) by the New Orleans Hornets (2012)
2013-14 Stats: 32 games, 5.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Rivers nearly matched a season high after scoring 15 points against the Detroit Pistons on Friday. Rivers continues to take advantage of additional minutes on the floor, playing over five more minutes a game in January than in December. Through January, Rivers is averaging 7.8 points and 2.3 assists per game, both above his December averages.
Forward - Detroit Pistons
Drafted: 2nd Round (33rd pick) by the Detroit Pistons (2011)
2013-14 Stats: 45 games, 8.4 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Singler posted 12 points, four rebounds and one block in a Detroit Pistons’ 103-87 victory over the Orlando Magic. The double-digit scoring game was the first for Singler since he scored 14 points on Jan. 18 against the Washington Wizards, a game in which Singler shot 5-of-6 from the floor.
Forward - Los Angeles Lakers
Drafted: 2nd Round (48th pick) by the Los Angeles Lakers (2013)
2013-14 Stats: 24 game, 6.4 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Kelly earned the start against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, seeing a season-high 37 minutes of action. Kelly scored 17 points in the contest on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor, while adding five rebounds, two steals and two assists. One game earlier, Kelly scored a career-high 20 points against the Boston Celtics, marking the first 20-point game of his NBA career. In the month of January, Kelly is averaging over double the points per game and assists per game he averaged in December.