DURHAM, N.C. – With the conclusion of the regular season, the NBA postseason is set to start and Duke will be represented well in the league’s second season. A total of 10 former Blue Devils will participate in the playoffs this year and several will play key roles. Shane Battier looks to win a second consecutive NBA Championship with the Miami Heat, while Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng are primed for a deep run in the postseason with the Bulls. Mike Dunleavy and J.J. Redick will try to knock out the Heat in the first round of play with the eighth seeded Milwaukee Bucks.
Forward - Miami Heat
Drafted: 1st Round (6th pick) by the Memphis Grizzlies (2001)
2012-13 Stats: 72 games, 6.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.8 BPG
Battier continues to play an important role for the Heat in his second season with the team. In a game on April 10, Battier scored 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting from three. Battier was voted winner of the Magic Johnson Award for his excellence on the court and with the media. Battier ranks seventh in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage this season with a .430 shooting percentage. He and the Miami Heat will go into the playoffs as the top overall seed after concluding the regular season with a 66-16 mark.
Forward - Dallas Mavericks
Drafted: 1st Round (1st pick) by the Chicago Bulls (1999)
2012-13 Stats: 72 games, 7.2 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.7 SPG, 1.2 BPG
Brand has played three games in April, scoring two points and grabbing four rebounds in a 108-105 win over the Nuggets. Brand has been in and out of the Mavericks lineup over the past several weeks due to a sore right calf. He closed the season ranking 22nd in the league in blocked shots, averaging 1.27. Dallas closed the season with a 41-41 record and in 10th place in the Western Conference.
Forward - Chicago Bulls
Drafted: 2nd Round (35th pick) by the Cleveland Cavaliers (2002)
2012-13 Stats: 79 games, 16.2 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Boozer continues to be a dominant presence for the Bulls inside this season, as he is averaging close to a double-double per game. Boozer has been on a tear as of late, scoring in double figures in his past 22 games and recording a double-double in 15 of those contests. In a match-up against the Miami Heat, Boozer scored 16 points and brought down 20 rebounds, as he was the leading rebounder in the game. Earlier this month, Boozer dropped 29 points in a 92-90 win over the Nets, while recording 18 rebounds in the game. April has proven to be Boozer’s best month of the season, as he is averaging 18.9 points and 10.7 rebounds for the month. For the season, Boozer ranks in the top-40 in points per game, while he is fifth in double-doubles with 44 on the season and 14th in rebounds per game. He ends the season as Chicago’s second leading scorer, behind Luol Deng, averaging 16.2 points per game. He will participate in the playoffs for the fifth-seeded Bulls.
Forward - Chicago Bulls
Drafted: 1st Round (7th pick) by the Phoenix Suns (2004)
2012-13 Stats: 75 games, 16.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Chicago’s leading scorer this season, Deng continues to play well for the Bulls heading into postseason play. He has scored in double figures in each of his in 11 of his last 12 games. In a win over Orlando Monday, Deng scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while dishing eight assists in 32 minutes of playing time. Deng concluded the NBA regular season averaging a league-high 38.9 minutes per game. He ranked in the top-50 of the league in points and rebounds per game. Deng and the Bulls will face the fourth-seeded Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs.
Guard - Los Angeles Lakers
Drafted: 2nd Round (38th pick) by the Chicago Bulls (2004)
2012-13 Stats: 46 games, 2.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.9 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Duhon has appeared in one game in the month of April, recording one rebound in four minutes of playing time in a win over the Spurs. Duhon scored a season-high 14 points on Dec. 16 against the Thunder. The Lakers will be the eighth seed in the Western Conference and will face Oklahoma City in the first round.
Forward - Milwaukee Bucks
Drafted: 1st Round (3rd pick) by the Golden State Warriors (2002)
2012-13 Stats: 67 games, 10.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Dunleavy continues to have much success coming off the bench this season for the Bucks, as he is averaging 10.3 points per game. Dunleavy has scored in double figures in six contests for the month of April, including 19 points in a game against Charlotte. In his final regular season contest, Dunleavy scored 14 points in a 95-89 win over Oklahoma City. Dunleavy concludes the season ranked seventh in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage and a career high .430 clip. Despite dropping five of their final six games of the regular season, the Bucks will play Miami as the eight seed in the Eastern Conference.
Guard - Charlotte Bobcats
Drafted: 1st Round (12th pick) by the Charlotte Bobcats (2009)
2012-13 Stats: 61 games, 15.4 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Henderson closed the season strong for the Bobcats, scoring in double figures in his last 24 games. In a 106-95 win over the Knicks, Henderson finished the game 11-of-16 from the floor for 27 points, five assists and three rebounds in 39 minutes of playing time. He finished the season second on the team in scoring. The Bobcats conclude the regular season with a 21-61 overall record after winning their last three games.
Forward - Los Angeles Clippers
Drafted: 1st Round (3rd pick) by the Detroit Pistons (1994)
2012-13 Stats: 29 games, 3.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Hill continues his role as a veteran presence inside the Clippers locker room this season, as he is averaging 15.5 minutes per game. He has played in two games in the month of April and scored five points in a 91-87 win over Memphis. Hill owns a season-high eight points this season on Jan. 14 at Memphis. The Clippers will enter the playoffs as the fourth seed in the Western Conference and will play Memphis in the first round.
Guard - Cleveland Cavaliers
Drafted: 1st Round (1st pick) by the Cleveland Cavaliers (2011)
2012-13 Stats: 51 games, 23.0 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 5.7 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Irving concluded his stellar sophomore season in the NBA on a high note, scoring 20 or more points in four of his last six games. In the final game of the regular season, Irving recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 24 points and 10 assists in a loss to the Bobcats. Irving concluded the season as Cleveland’s leading scorer and in the top-50 in three-point field goal percentage, assists, steals and points. The Cavaliers finished the regular season with a 24-58 record.
Guard/Forward – Atlanta Hawks
Drafted: 1st Round (20th pick) by the Boston Celtics (2003)
2012-13 Stats: 78 games, 3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Jones has played an important role for the Hawks since coming over from Dallas at the trade deadline. In the final game of the regular season, the forward tallied 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes of playing time in a loss to the Knicks. Jones owns a season-high 13 points against the Brooklyn Nets March 17. Atlanta will play Indiana in the first round of the playoffs as the No. 6 seed.
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.
Forward – Charlotte Bobcats
Drafted: 2nd Round (37th pick) by the Portland Trail Blazers (2007)
2012-13 Stats: 60 games, 5.2 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Since being acquired by the Charlotte Bobcats at the NBA trade deadline, McRoberts has made a tremendous impact. He nearly posted a triple-double on two occasions in April. In a 95-85 win over the Bucks, McRoberts posted 18 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in 39 minutes of playing time, while the forward recorded 10 points, seven rebounds and eight assists two nights later against the Knicks. McRoberts tied a career-high 20 points in his final game of the season against the Cavaliers.
Forward - Indiana Pacers
Drafted: 1st Round (26th pick) by the Indiana Pacers (2012)
2012-13 NBA Stats: 11 games, 0.6 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG
2012-13 D-League Stats: 15 games, 11.2 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.9 BPG
Plumlee has bounced back and forth between the D-League and the NBA throughout the season. The rookie enjoyed his best game of the season, scoring four points on 2-of-2 shooting on April 6 against the Wizards. In his final regular season game, Plumlee scored two points and grabbed two rebounds in six minutes of playing time against Philadelphia. Plumlee and the Pacers will face the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs.
Forward – Boston Celtics
2012-13 Stats: 16 games, 4.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Randolph has signed a contract through the end of the season with the Celtics and has played in 10 games so far. Randolph scored a career-high 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a win over Cleveland, while playing 13 minutes. Two nights later, Randolph was 2-of-2 from the field and scored eight points in a win over Washington. The Celtics have clinched a playoff berth as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and will face New York in the first round.
Guard – Milwaukee Bucks
Drafted: 1st Round (11th pick) by the Orlando Magic (2006)
2012-13 Stats: 78 games, 14.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.8 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Redick has been showing signs that his game is ready for the playoffs after he has scored in double figures in each of his past five games. He scored 20 points, grabbed two rebounds and dished three assists in a narrow 112-111 loss to the Nuggets. Redick ranks 42nd in assists per game, while he is second in free-throw percentage. The Bucks will face the reigning champion Miami Heat in the first round.
Guard - New Orleans Hornets
Drafted: 1st Round (10th pick) by the New Orleans Hornets (2012)
2012-13 Stats: 61 games, 6.2 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Rivers concluded his rookie season March 6 after breaking a bone in his shooting hand against the Lakers. He scored a season-high 27 points in a game against Minnesota on December 14. Rivers concluded the season ranked 18th among rookies in scoring.
Forward - Detroit Pistons
Drafted: 2nd Round (33rd pick) by the Detroit Pistons (2011)
2012-13 Stats: 82 games, 8.8 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Kyle Singler played in all of Detroit’s 82 games this season, while starting in 74 contests. The forward scored in double figures in two of his last three games of the year, including a 16 point outing against Philadelphia April 15. Singler finished the season ranked eighth among rookies in scoring, averaging 8.8 points per contest. Detroit finished 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 29-53 record.
Guard - Portland Trail Blazers
Drafted: 1st Round (21st pick) by the Portland Trail Blaizers (2011)
2012-13 Stats: 40 games, 2.8 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.9 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 last played April 12 in a loss against the Thunder. In the game, Smith scored two points on 1-of-2 shooting from the field. He recorded a season-high 13 points in a game on Feb. 2 against the Jazz. Portland finished 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 33-49 record.
Forward - New Orleans Hornets
2012-13 Stats: 59 games, 2.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Thomas concluded his second season with the Hornets playing in 59 contests, while starting nine games. The forward scored a season-high 12 points in a 108-98 loss to the Nets on March 12. In the game, the forward was perfect from the field, as he finished 4-of-4 in 18 minutes of playing time.