DURHAM, N.C. – With the New Year fast approaching, several former Blue Devils are continuing their solid play this season in the NBA. Luol Deng continues to lead the league in minutes per game, averaging 41, while also leading the Bulls in scoring with 17.7 points per game. Carlos Boozer is also enjoying a successful season with the Bulls averaging 13.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Chris Duhon is leading the league with a 4.47 assists per turnover, while Austin Rivers continues to impress in his rookie season, most recently with a career-high 27-points against the Timberwolves. Kyrie Irving also continues his strong play, averaging just under 23 points per game.
Forward - Miami Heat
Drafted: 1st Round (6th pick) by the Memphis Grizzlies (2001)
2012-13 Stats: 23 games, 7.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.9 BPG
Battier has played in 23 games this season for the Heat while he has started 14 games. He continues to shoot the ball well from beyond the arc, ranking fifth in the league with 0.441 three-point shooting percentage. The Heat are the top team in the Eastern Conference with a 20-6 record.
Forward - Dallas Mavericks
Drafted: 1st Round (1st pick) by the Chicago Bulls (1999)
2012-13 Stats: 24 games, 6.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.7 SPG, 1.2 BPG
Brand continues to play an important role in the Mavericks rotation, averaging 21.5 minutes per game. The 13-year pro ranks 25th in the league with 29 blocks this season. In a recent game against the Timberwolves, Brand scored 15 points and grabbed seven boards in a 114-106 loss.
Forward - Chicago Bulls
Drafted: 2nd Round (35th pick) by the Cleveland Cavaliers (2002)
2012-13 Stats: 27 games, 13.7 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Boozer has continued his consistent play with the Bulls through December, as he has recorded a double-double in seven of the 13 games the Bulls have played for the month. His most recent double-double came in a 100-89 win over the Celtics in which he scored 21 points and snatched 12 rebounds. In the game Boozer also blocked a season-high two shots. The 10th-year veteran ranks 12th in the league in rebounds per game with 9.2 and 11th in the league in double-doubles with 12.
Forward - Chicago Bulls
Drafted: 1st Round (7th pick) by the Phoenix Suns (2004)
2012-13 Stats: 27 games, 17.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Deng continues to impress for the Bulls in the absence of all-star point guard Derrick Rose, becoming the Chicago’s leading scorer averaging 17.7 points per game, which ranks 24th in the league. He has scored in double figures in 25 of the 27 games he has played this season. In a recent win over the Knicks, Deng recorded his fourth double-double of the season, scoring a season-high 29 points while grabbing a season-high 13 rebounds. He also had a double-double in a win over the 76ers, scoring 19 points and snatching 12 rebounds. The eighth-year veteran continues to lead the league in minutes played, averaging 41 per game.
Guard - Los Angeles Lakers
Drafted: 2nd Round (38th pick) by the Chicago Bulls (2004)
2012-13 Stats: 25 games, 4.1 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 3.8 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Duhon has appeared in 25 games this season for the Lakers, scoring just under five points per game. He leads the league with a 4.47 assists to turnover ratio. He recorded his first double-double of the season in a Dec. 9, 117-110 loss against the Jazz with 12 points and 11 assists in the contest. Now in his eighth season in the league, Duhon has scored in double figures three times this season and has recorded double figure assists on two separate occasions
Forward - Milwaukee Bucks
Drafted: 1st Round (3rd pick) by the Golden State Warriors (2002)
2012-13 Stats: 20 games, 11.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Dunleavy returned from a knee injury that kept him out of the Bucks lineup for two weeks on Dec. 18. In his return against the Pacers, Dunleavy scored 17 points and tallied six rebounds off the bench in a 98-93 win. In his most recent game against the Nets, Dunleavy scored 17 points, while shooting 50-percent from the floor. He ranks 20th in the league with a 0.433 three-point shooting percentage.
Guard - Charlotte Bobcats
Drafted: 1st Round (12th pick) by the Charlotte Bobcats (2009)
2012-13 Stats: 14 games, 13.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.2 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Since returning to the Charlotte lineup on Dec. 3, Henderson has scored in double figures in 9 of 12 games. In a recent 115-100 loss to the Warriors, Henderson scored a season-high 23 points while also recording a season-high five assists. He recorded 19-point games on two other occasions, including in a 101-100 loss to the Lakers on Dec. 18 and in a 108-93 loss on Dec. 7 to the Bucks.
Forward - Los Angeles Clippers
Drafted: 1st Round (3rd pick) by the Detroit Pistons (1994)
2012-13 Stats: Has not accumulated any stats to date
Hill is currently out indefinitely with bone bruises in his right knee. He last played in a preseason game against the Heat in Shanghai on Oct. 14, where he played 19 minutes and scored eight points.
Guard - Cleveland Cavaliers
Drafted: 1st Round (1st pick) by the Cleveland Cavaliers (2011)
2012-13 Stats: 19 games, 22.9 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 5.5 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.3 BPG
After returning to the Cavaliers lineup earlier this month after being sidelined for three weeks with a broken left finger, it did not take Irving long to return to form as he has scored in double figures in eight of the nine games he has played. In a recent 103-102 loss to the Knicks in Madison Square Garden, Irving scored a career-high 41 points, including going 15-of-25 from the floor. The Cavs are currently 7-23 and in 14th place in the Eastern Conference.
Guard/Forward - Dallas Mavericks
Drafted: 1st Round (20th pick) by the Boston Celtics (2003)
2012-13 Stats: 28 games, 4.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Jones has appeared in 28 games this season for the Mavericks, including earning a start in 11 contests. The nine-year pro has scored in double figures three times in the month of December, including a season-high 12 points on two occasions. In a 119-96 win against the Kings on Dec. 10, Jones scored in double figures for the first time this season with 11 points and tallied a season-high four assists. Two nights later, Jones bettered his 11-point outing by one point with 12 points in a 117-115 loss to the Celtics.
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 - Orlando Magic
Drafted: 2nd Round (37th pick) by the Portland Trail Blazers (2007)
2012-13 Stats: 22 games, 3.4 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.3 BPG
McRoberts has appeared in 22 games for the Magic this season, while starting two. He scored a season-high nine points in his second game of the season, while grabbing a season-high 14 rebounds later in the month of November 116-110 loss to the Celtics.
Forward - Indiana Pacers
Drafted: 1st Round (26th pick) by the Indiana Pacers (2012)
2012-13 NBA Stats: 6 games, 1.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.0 SPG, 0.3 BPG
2012-13 D-League Stats: 2 games, 14.0 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.5 SPG, 1.0 BPG
After being recalled from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League, Plumlee returned to the Pacers lineup on Dec. 19, playing five minutes in the game and scoring two points. He also grabbed three rebounds.
Guard - Orlando Magic
Drafted: 1st Round (11th pick) by the Orlando Magic (2006)
2012-13 Stats: 27 games, 13.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.9 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Redick has continued has strong play of late for the Magic, scoring in double figures in 21 of the 27 games that he has played. In a 102-93 win over Minnesota on Dec. 17, Redick scored 18 points and recorded seven assists. On the season he has recorded seven or more assists in eight games this season. Always known as an outstanding free-throw shooter, Redick ranks fifth in the league with a free-throw percentage of 0.922.The Magic are currently in ninth-place in the Eastern Conference with a 12-16 record.
Guard - New Orleans Hornets
Drafted: 1st Round (10th pick) by the New Orleans Hornets (2012)
2012-13 Stats: 27 games, 7.7 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 2.7 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Rivers has continued his solid start to his rookie season and recently scored a career-high 27 points on Dec. 14 against the Timberwolves, including going 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. Over his last 10 games, Rivers has scored in double figures in four of the games. The rookie has appeared 27 of the Hornets 28 games this season, while starting 18 games. He ranks 10th among rookies in the league points per game with 7.7.
Forward - Detroit Pistons
Drafted: 2nd Round (33rd pick) by the Detroit Pistons (2011)
2012-13 Stats: 31 games, 8.7 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Singler has continued his solid rookie season with the Pistons, appearing in all 31 of Detroit’s games this season while starting in 23 contests. The rookie is averaging 8.7 points per game, which ranks seventh among rookies. He has scored in double figures in 13 games this season, including 10 points most recently on Dec. 21 in a 100-68 blowout win over the Wizards. Nolan Smith
Guard - Portland Trail Blazers
Drafted: 1st Round (21st pick) by the Portland Trail Blaizers (2011)
2012-13 Stats: 16 games, 2.4 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.1 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Smith continues to play limited minutes for the Blazers this season, appearing in 16 games and averaging just under nine minutes per contest. The second-year player scored a season-high 11 points in a 92-74 win over the Raptors. In the same game, Smith also had a season-high three assists and played a season-high 21 minutes.
Forward - New Orleans Hornets
2012-13 Stats: 22 games, 3.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.1 BPG
In his second season with the Hornets, Thomas has seen playing time in 22 contests, while starting five games. In a 95-94 loss on Dec. 16 against Portland, Thomas scored eight points and snatched seven boards. In each of his past two games, Thomas has played a season-high 22 minutes.
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