Shane Battier Forward - Miami Heat Drafted: 1st Round (6th pick) by the Memphis Grizzlies (2001) 2013-14 Stats: 30 games, 4.2 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.6 BPG Battier tied his second-highest scoring output of the season Friday against the Sacramento Kings, netting nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field, including a near perfect 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Battier is currently shooting .389 from beyond the three-point line this season.
Elton Brand Forward - Atlanta Hawks Drafted: 1st Round (1st pick) by the Chicago Bulls (1999) 2013-14 Stats: 24 games, 3.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.8 BPG Brand continues to see increased playing time following the injury of Hawks’ starting center Al Horford. Brand recorded double-digit minutes in eight of his last 10 appearances, including a season-high 20 minutes against Utah in a 118-85 Hawks’ victory. Two games earlier, Brand netted a season-high eight points, while also contributing seven rebounds and three blocks in a winning effort against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Carlos Boozer Forward - Chicago Bulls Drafted: 2nd Round (35th pick) by the Cleveland Cavaliers (2002) 2013-14 Stats: 30 games, 14.6 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.5 BPG Boozer earned his ninth double-double of the season after collecting 10 rebounds and notching 21 points against the Memphis Grizzlies Monday. The power forward shot 9-of-16 from the field in the winning effort. Boozer is averaging 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds in his last 10 appearances.
Luol Deng Forward - Chicago Bulls Drafted: 1st Round (7th pick) by the Phoenix Suns (2004) 2013-14 Stats: 21 games, 19.4 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG Deng returned to the Bulls’ lineup after missing significant playing time due to an Achilles injury. The small forward played in just three of the Bulls’ last twelve games prior to his appearance against the Toronto Raptors Tuesday. In his return, Deng scored 16 points and collected four rebounds in 34 minutes of action. Prior to sitting out five games, Deng scored 17, 26 and 18 points against the Raptors, Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets, respectively. Deng remains the team’s leading scorer, averaging 19.4 points per game this season.
Mike Dunleavy Forward - Chicago Bulls Drafted: 1st Round (3rd pick) by the Golden State Warriors (2002) 2013-14 Stats: 30 games, 10.4 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.3 BPG Dunleavy scored 13 points in 25 minutes of action against the Toronto Raptors Tuesday. The small forward shot 5-of-8 from the field, his fifth most efficient shooting performance of the season. Dunleavy posted a season-high six assists against the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday, while also scoring 11 points in a Bulls’ 107-95 loss.
Gerald Henderson Guard - Charlotte Bobcats Drafted: 1st Round (12th pick) by the Charlotte Bobcats (2009) 2013-14 Stats: 33 games, 15.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.7 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.4 BPG Henderson tied his third-highest scoring output of the season Saturday, netting 22 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field in 39 minutes of action. The .647 shooting percentage marks the guards most efficient shooting game of the season, while the 39 minutes of playing time matches Henderson’s season high. Henderson’s current season averages in rebounds, assists and points per game are higher than his career averages in each of the statistical categories.
Kyrie Irving Guard - Cleveland Cavaliers Drafted: 1st Round (1st pick) by the Cleveland Cavaliers (2011) 2013-14 Stats: 31 games, 22.2 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.1 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.4 BPG Irving narrowly missed matching his season-high 41 points after posting 40 against the Atlanta Hawks Thursday. Irving also notched nine assists in the losing effort. A prolific scorer, Irving scored double-digit points in all but one game this season for the Cavaliers. The point guard leads the Cavaliers in a number of categories, including points per game, assists and steals. Irving currently remains day-to-day with a left knee contusion.
Josh McRoberts Forward - Charlotte Bobcats Drafted: 2nd Round (37th pick) by the Portland Trail Blazers (2007) 2013-14 Stats: 32 games, 8.0 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 4.3 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.6 BPG McRoberts continues proving himself a facilitator for the Bobcats, recording five or more assists in five of his last 10 appearances. McRoberts also contributes on the boards, collecting five or more rebounds in seven of his last 10 games. McRoberts’ average points per game, rebounds per game and blocks per game this season are all higher than his career averages.
Mason Plumlee Center - Brooklyn Nets Drafted: 1st Round (22nd pick) by the Brooklyn Nets (2013) 2013-14 Stats: 26 games, 6.4 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.7 BPG Plumlee saw the most playing time of his young NBA career Tuesday, playing 38 minutes against the San Antonio Spurs. Plumlee took advantage of the increased playing time, recording the first double-double of his NBA career, netting 15 points and collecting 13 rebounds. Plumlee’s 13 rebounds led all players in the contest.
Miles Plumlee Forward - Phoenix Suns Drafted: 1st Round (26th pick) by the Indiana Pacers (2012) 2013-14 Stats: 30 games, 10.0 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.6 SPG, 1.8 BPG Plumlee, now with nine double-doubles this season, recorded three in his last seven games. The centers most recent double-double came against the Philadelphia 76ers, with Plumlee scoring a season-high 22 points and collecting 13 rebounds. Plumlee brought down 20 rebounds two games earlier against the Los Angeles Lakers, also a season-high.
J.J. Redick Guard - Los Angeles Clippers Drafted: 1st Round (11th pick) by the Orlando Magic (2006) 2013-14 Stats: 17 games, 15.8 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.2 BPG Redick remains out of the Los Angeles Clippers lineup following a wrist injury suffered Nov. 29.
Austin Rivers Guard - New Orleans Pelicans Drafted: 1st Round (10th pick) by the New Orleans Hornets (2012) 2013-14 Stats: 21 games, 4.2 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.0 BPG Rivers saw his highest scoring output of the season Sunday against the Denver Nuggets, scoring 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. Rivers also collected a rebound, contributed two assists, and posted one steal. Rivers played a season-high 27 minutes one game later against the Golden State Warriors, bringing down a season-high four rebounds.
Kyle Singler Forward - Detroit Pistons Drafted: 2nd Round (33rd pick) by the Detroit Pistons (2011) 2013-14 Stats: 33 games, 8.3 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.5 BPG In his last ten appearances, Singler is averaging 9.5 points on .531 shooting from the field. Singler followed a season-high 18-point performance by scoring double-digit points in nine of the Pistons’ next 15 games.
Ryan Kelly Forward - Los Angeles Lakers Drafted: 2nd Round (48th pick) by the Los Angeles Lakers (2013) 2013-14 Stats: 10 game, 3.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 0.0 SPG, 0.3 BPG Kelly saw increased playing time in his last four appearances, including a season-high 19 minutes of action against the Milwaukee Bucks. Kelly’s most productive game came against the Philadelphia 76ers, when the power forward posted a career high in rebounds (6), points scored (7) and blocks (2).
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