DURHAM, N.C. – As the NBA All-Star game approaches, three former Duke Blue Devils prepare to participate in the annual festivities surrounding the competition.
Kyrie Irving is scheduled to start for the Eastern Conference All-Stars Sunday, Feb. 16, one day after the point guard participates in the three-point shooting contest. Mason & Miles Plumlee are both set to participate in the Rookie vs. Sophomore contest, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 14.
Forward - Miami Heat
Drafted: 1st Round (6th pick) by the Memphis Grizzlies (2001)
2013-14 Stats: 44 games, 4.9 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Through the first half of February, Battier has seen an increase of nearly five minutes per game, which has translated to greater productivity on the offensive end. Over the five-game stretch, Battier is averaging nearly double his season average in points per game, with 8.8 points per game in the month of February. The small forward scored a season-high 16 points in 30 minutes of action against the New York Knicks Saturday. In his most recent appearance, Battier tied a season-high with five rebounds against the Phoenix Suns.
Forward - Atlanta Hawks
Drafted: 1st Round (1st pick) by the Chicago Bulls (1999)
2013-14 Stats: 42 games, 4.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.3 SPG, 1.2 BPG
After averaging just 9.2 minutes per game through the month of November, the power forward is now appearing in nearly 23 minutes of action per game for the Atlanta Hawks. Brand scored a season-high 18 points against the Philadelphia 76ers Friday, shooting an efficient 8-of-12 from the floor.
Forward - Chicago Bulls
Drafted: 2nd Round (35th pick) by the Cleveland Cavaliers (2002)
2013-14 Stats: 45 games, 14.8 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Boozer suffered a calf injury that has sidelined the power forward for the last three Chicago Bulls’ contests. Prior to his three-game hiatus, Boozer recorded a double-double, scoring 19 points and adding 12 rebounds in a 101-92 Chicago Bulls victory over the Phoenix Suns. Boozer closed out the month of January with two consecutive double-doubles. Against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Boozer scored 20 points and collected 14 rebounds. One game later, Boozer netted 16 points and brought down 12 rebounds against the San Antonio Spurs.
Forward - Cleveland Cavaliers
Drafted: 1st Round (7th pick) by the Phoenix Suns (2004)
2013-14 Stats: 39 games, 17.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Deng posted his 12th double-digit performance with the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 109-99 Cavaliers’ win Tuesday. The small forward scored 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the floor, including a near-perfect 4-of-5 from beyond the three-point line. Deng currently ranks second on the Cavaliers in points scored per game.
Forward - Chicago Bulls
Drafted: 1st Round (3rd pick) by the Golden State Warriors (2002)
2013-14 Stats: 51 games, 11.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Dunleavy collected seven rebounds against the Golden State Warriors Thursday, marking the seventh time this season the small forward secured seven or more rebounds. In the month of February, Dunleavy is averaging 9.5 points per game, while adding 1.7 assists per game, 3.8 rebounds per game and 0.8 steals per game.
Guard - Charlotte Bobcats
Drafted: 1st Round (12th pick) by the Charlotte Bobcats (2009)
2013-14 Stats: 52 games, 15.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.8 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Henderson has scored double-digit points in six of his last eight appearances for the Charlotte Bobcats, including a 23-point performance against the San Antonio Spurs Saturday. Henderson has scored 20 or more points in 10 games this season. Henderson narrowly missed a double-double one game earlier, scoring 17points and adding eight rebounds against the Golden State Warriors, in 37 minutes of action. Henderson also contributed six assists in the Bobcats’ 91-75 win.
Guard - Cleveland Cavaliers
Drafted: 1st Round (1st pick) by the Cleveland Cavaliers (2011)
2013-14 Stats: 49 games, 21.4 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Irving, who is slated to start in the All-Star game Sunday, saw his sixth double-digit assist game of the season Friday against the Washington Wizards, while also netting 23 points to mark his sixth double-double of the season. Irving shot a perfect 13-of-13 from the line in the Cavalier’s 115-113 victory. Irving scored over 20 points in four of six games in the month of February, while remaining the team leader in points per game, assists and steals.
Forward - Charlotte Bobcats
Drafted: 2nd Round (37th pick) by the Portland Trail Blazers (2007)
2013-14 Stats: 51 games, 8.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 4.1 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.5 BPG
McRoberts is averaging 9.0 points per game in the month of February for the Charlotte Bobcats, while adding 4.8 assists per game. In his most recent appearances, McRoberts recorded a season-high 13 assists, the first time this season the power forward posted 10 or more assists.
Center - Brooklyn Nets
Drafted: 1st Round (22nd pick) by the Brooklyn Nets (2013)
2013-14 Stats: 39 games, 6.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.8 BPG
Plumlee took full advantage of increased playing time Sunday, scoring a career-high 22 points and matching a career-high 13 rebounds against the New Orleans Pelicans. The power forward shot 8-of-10 from the floor in the 93-81 Brooklyn Nets win. Plumlee is averaging 19.8 minutes per game in the month of February, leading to a points per game average of 10.8 and a rebounds per game average of 6.0. Plumlee now owns six double-digit scoring games and two double-digit rebound games.
Forward - Phoenix Suns
Drafted: 1st Round (26th pick) by the Indiana Pacers (2012)
2013-14 Stats: 51 games, 9.3 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.7 SPG, 1.4 BPG
In his last seven appearances for the Suns, Plumlee is averaging 6.4 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game. Plumlee pulled down 10 rebounds against the Chicago Bulls Tuesday, marking his 19th game this season where the center collected double-digit rebounds.
Guard - Los Angeles Clippers
Drafted: 1st Round (11th pick) by the Orlando Magic (2006)
2013-14 Stats: 18 games, 15.9 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Redick’s 2014 season continues to be hampered by injury. Following a wrist injury that forced the shooting guard to miss significant time for the Los Angeles Clippers, Redick suffered a back injury that has kept him out of the team’s last three contests. Prior to the back injury, Redick scored 20 points Wednesday against the Washington Wizards, his sixth game scoring 20 or more points.
Guard - New Orleans Pelicans
Drafted: 1st Round (10th pick) by the New Orleans Hornets (2012)
2013-14 Stats: 39 games, 6.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Rivers’ playing time remained consistent in the early half of February, appearing in nearly 20 minutes of action per game. The shooting guard continues to contribute offensively for the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 8.3 points per game in February. Rivers collected a career-high six rebounds Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks, adding nine points in the Pelican’s 105-100 win.
Forward - Detroit Pistons
Drafted: 2nd Round (33rd pick) by the Detroit Pistons (2011)
2013-14 Stats: 51 games, 8.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Singler posted his first double-double of the season Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers, scoring 20 points and adding 10 rebounds in a Pistons’ 113-96 win. Singler currently owns a four-game double-digit scoring streak, started on Wednesday with an 11 point game against the Orlando Magic Wednesday.
Forward - Los Angeles Lakers
Drafted: 2nd Round (48th pick) by the Los Angeles Lakers (2013)
2013-14 Stats: 30 game, 7.2 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Kelly scored a career-high 26 points Wednesday in a Los Angeles Lakers’ 119-108 victory. Kelly saw 42 minutes of action in the contest, the most in his NBA career. Kelly followed the performance one game later with a 15-point game against the Philadelphia 76ers, shooting 7-of-12 from the floor. Kelly is averaging 7.5 points per game since returning to the Los Angeles Lakers’ lineup.