DURHAM, N.C. – As the NBA playoffs draw near, teams are making their final push to get into the league’s second season. With seven of the eight playoff teams already set in the East, Duke will have several familiar faces participating, including former players on five teams. Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer helped the Bulls end the Miami Heat and Shane Battier’s historic streak of 27 consecutive wins. In the game, the tandem combined to score 49 points.
Forward - Miami Heat
Drafted: 1st Round (6th pick) by the Memphis Grizzlies (2001)
2012-13 Stats: 67 games, 6.5 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.7 BPG
Battier continues to play an important role for the Heat in his second season with the team. He scored 11 points for the second consecutive game on March 22 in an 103-89 win over the Pistons. In a 108-89 win over the Hornets on March 29, Battier scored nine points on 3-of-5 from three and had two assists in 28 minutes of playing time. The Heat’s win historic win streak came to an end at 27 games to the hands of the Bulls on March 27. In the game, Battier scored six points, posted four rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes of playing time. Battier ranks eighth in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage this season.
Forward - Dallas Mavericks
Drafted: 1st Round (1st pick) by the Chicago Bulls (1999)
2012-13 Stats: 69 games, 7.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.7 SPG, 1.3 BPG
Brand played a key role in a 113-108 Mavs win against Jazz on March 24, scoring 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the floor. In the game, Brand also contributed five rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in just 18 minutes of playing time. Two nights later, Brand helped Dallas to a 109-102 win over the Clippers with eight points, five rebounds and four blocks. Brand ranks 20th in the league in blocks with 1.32 per game. The Mavericks currently sit two games outside of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Forward - Chicago Bulls
Drafted: 2nd Round (35th pick) by the Cleveland Cavaliers (2002)
2012-13 Stats: 70 games, 15.9 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.1 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 played an important role in the Bulls win to end the Heat losing streak on March 27. In the game, the big man scored 21 points and was a dominant presence on the glass with 17 rebounds. The game was part of a streak of five straight in which the big man posted a double-double. March was Boozer’s second most productive month this season, as he averaged 16.9 points and 9.4 rebounds. Boozer ranks in the top-50 in points per game, while he is also seventh in blocks with 36 on the season and 14th in rebounds per game.
Forward - Chicago Bulls
Drafted: 1st Round (7th pick) by the Phoenix Suns (2004)
2012-13 Stats: 68 games, 16.6 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Chicago’s leading scorer this season, Deng continues to play well for the Bulls this season. Deng, along with Boozer, helped end the Heat’s 27 game winning streak on March 27. In the game, Deng scored a team-high 28 points. Deng followed up that performance with a 25 point game against the Mavericks and another 28 point game in a win over the Pistons. In the Pistons game, a 95-94 win, Deng had 12 of the team’s 24 points in the fourth quarter. Chicago has clinched a playoff berth, as the team currently sits in sixth-place in the Eastern Conference.
Guard - Los Angeles Lakers
Drafted: 2nd Round (38th pick) by the Chicago Bulls (2004)
2012-13 Stats: 45 games, 3.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 3.0 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Duhon appeared in his first game in two weeks on March 30. The ninth-year pro played four minutes in the game. Duhon scored a season-high 14 points on Dec. 16 against the Thunder.
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 15 points in each of his two previous contests, including a 6-of-9 performance from the field in a loss to the Timberwolves. Dunleavy continues to be one of the leaders in the NBA this season in three-point field goal percentage, shooting at a 0.431 clip. Milwaukee currently sits in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 36-38 overall, six games ahead of Philadelphia.
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 continues his dominant play for the Bobcats this season, as he has scored in double figures in each of his last 17 contests. The fourth-year pro finished one point shy of his career high with 34 points in a win over the Magic. In the game, Henderson finished 12-18 from the field in 42 minutes of playing time. Two nights later, the guard matched his career high of 35 points in a 111-102 loss to the Knicks. In the game, Henderson was 15-for-17 from the free throw line in 46 minutes of playing time. The Bobcats have been eliminated from playoff contention with an 18-57 for the season.
Forward - Los Angeles Clippers
Drafted: 1st Round (3rd pick) by the Detroit Pistons (1994)
2012-13 Stats: 27 games, 3.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.0 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. Hill owns a season-high eight points this season on Jan. 14 at Memphis. The Clippers sit in fourth place in the Western Conference with a 50-26 overall record.
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 returned to the Cavaliers lineup March 31 from a shoulder contusion injury he sustained March 10 in Toronto. The second-year player got off to a fast start in his comeback, as he finished with 31 points and six assists. Overall, Irving has scored 30 or more points in 11 contests this season and he ranks 33rd in points. Cleveland has been eliminated from playoff contention with a 22-52 overall record.
Guard/Forward – Atlanta Hawks
Drafted: 1st Round (20th pick) by the Boston Celtics (2003)
2012-13 Stats: 72 games, 3.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Jones has played an important role for the Hawks since coming over from Dallas at the trade deadline. The forward scored eight points in a recent win over the Bucks in 18 minutes of playing time. Jones owns a season-high 13 points against the Brooklyn Nets March 17. Atlanta is in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with a 42-34 record.
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 recorded his third double-double in a Bobcats uniform April 3 against Philadelphia, where he had 12 points and 16 rebounds in 43 minutes of playing time. Over his last 10 contests, McRoberts is averaging 9.9 points and 8.8 boards.
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 has not played since March 22 against Milwaukee.
Forward – Boston Celtics
2012-13 Stats: 10 games, 3.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.7 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 season-high nine points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a win over Atlanta, while playing 22 minutes. On April 1, Randolph was 4-of-5 from the field and scored eight points in a loss to Minnesota. The Celtics have clinched a playoff berth and currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Guard – Milwaukee Bucks
Drafted: 1st Round (11th pick) by the Orlando Magic (2006)
2012-13 Stats: 70 games, 14.3 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.9 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Redick is adjusting well to his time in Milwaukee, scoring in double figures in two of his past three games. In a Bucks win over Charlotte, Redick finished with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Redick ranks 42nd in assists per game, while he is fourth in free-throw percentage.
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 has not appeared in a game since March 6 and is currently out 4-6 weeks after breaking a bone in his shooting hand. Rivers ranks 18th among rookies in scoring this season.
Forward - Detroit Pistons
Drafted: 2nd Round (33rd pick) by the Detroit Pistons (2011)
2012-13 Stats: 76 games, 8.8 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.5 BPG
As he has for the majority of the season, Kyle Singler continues to shine in just his rookie campaign. He has started 68 of 76 games and has scored in double figures five times in the month of March, including 18 points in a loss against the Miami Heat. Singler ranks eighth among rookies in scoring, averaging 8.8 points per contest. Detroit is out of the playoff mix with an overall record of 25-51.
Guard - Portland Trail Blazers
Drafted: 1st Round (21st pick) by the Portland Trail Blaizers (2011)
2012-13 Stats: 38 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 has played in each of the past six contests for the Trail Blaizers. He scored six points in a loss to the Warriors, while dishing an assist in just seven minutes of game action. He has recorded a season-high 13 points in a game on Feb. 2 against the Jazz. Portland remains in playoff contention with a 33-42 record and six games out of eighth.
Forward - New Orleans Hornets
2012-13 Stats: 59 games, 2.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.1 BPG
In his second season with the Hornets, Thomas has seen playing time in 59 contests, while starting nine games. Thomas scored a season-high 12 points in a 108-98 loss to the Nets. In the game, the forward was perfect from the field, as he finished 4-of-4 in 18 minutes of playing time.