Tar Heels in the NBA – October Review

The 75th NBA season tipped off this month and 11 Tar Heels are taking to the NBA floor this season; Harrison Barnes, Cole Anthony, Nassir Little, Cam Johnson, Reggie Bullock, Danny Green, Coby White, Wayne Ellington, Tony Bradley, Day’Ron Sharpe and Ed Davis.

Tar Heel International will provide the latest statistics and highlights on the Tar Heels playing in the NBA.

Harrison Barnes is taking all the headlines with his performances through October. Reggie Bullock has found himself a new location this season after signing for Dallas. Danny Green signed a two-year extension at Philadelphia 76ers. Nassir Little is reminding everyone how good he can be in Portland. Tony Bradley headed up north to Chicago to join fellow Tar Heel, Coby White and Day’Ron Sharpe is the newest Tar Heel to play in the NBA.

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Harrison Barnes – Sacramento Kings

Harrison Barnes has started the season like a man on a mission. I’m putting it out there, very very early Most Improved Player race! Yes, that is early.

Barnes started the season grabbing all the headlines with 36 points in a win against the Trail Blazers, it was a great performance by Harrison but that was not the only time the media would be all over Barnes. Two days later, Barnes had 25 points and 15 boards in his next game (a career-high of rebounds in a game). That game ended in a loss to the Jazz.

You would have seen Harrison Barnes all over your timelines this past week again after the Kings took on the Suns and the ball was given to HB to take home the win… he delivered. Barnes broke the Suns hearts with a buzzer-beater three-pointer to take the win and if you didn’t know, now you do… Harrison Barnes means business this year.

Barnes is in the Top 20 Scorers as of October in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings 7th in Western Conference Standings with a 3-3 record.

HIGHLIGHTED MOST RECENT GAMES:
124-121 (WIN) vs Portland Trail Blazers
36 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals in 36 minutes

101-111 (LOSS) vs Utah Jazz
25 points, 15 rebounds and 2 steals in 38 minutes

110-107 (WIN) vs Phoenix Suns
22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in 39 minutes

113-109 (WIN) vs New Orleans Pelicans
18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists in 37 minutes

99-105 (LOSS) vs Dallas Mavericks
15 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 38 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
SACRAMENTO KINGS2019/2034.514.54.92.2
SACRAMENTO KINGS2020/2136.216.16.63.5
SACRAMENTO KINGS2021/2237.323.310.32.7
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Cole Anthony – Orlando Magic

There were some questions early to see how the rotations were going to work at the Orlando Magic with the addition of Jalen Suggs, into a roster already including Markell Fultz, Michael Carter-Williams and of course, Cole Anthony. Fultz and MCW have been out with injuries, given opportunities for Cole and Suggs to build chemistry as a backcourt partnership.

Cole Anthony’s best game so far was his visit to his hometown of New York, where Cole had 29 points, 16 rebounds (a career-high for rebounds in a game) and 8 assists in a win against the Knicks.

Orlando is currently joint bottom of the Eastern Conference with a record of 1-6. Anthony has been averaging 33.2 MPG and will be hoping to help lead his team to more wins in November.

HIGHLIGHTED MOST RECENT GAMES:
110-104 (WIN) vs New York Knicks
29 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists in 34 minutes

111-120 (LOSS) vs Charlotte Hornets
24 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in 34 minutes

109-110 (LOSS) vs Toronto Raptors
24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 33 minutes

103-110 (LOSS) vs Detroit Pistons
15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists in 35 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
ORLANDO MAGIC2020/2127.112.94.74.1
ORLANDO MAGIC2021/2233.217.77.45.3
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Coby White – Chicago Bulls

Coby White got injured during the summer when away from the team, after having surgery White would be out until mid-November.

Although, the Chicago Bulls did exercise Coby’s fourth-year option on his contract and obviously have belief in the future of White after averaging 15.1 PPG and 4.8 APG in his second NBA season.

Hopefully, we’ll see White hit the court soon and kick off his 2021/22 season.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
CHICAGO BULLS2019/2025.813.22.73.5
CHICAGO BULLS2020/2131.215.14.84.1
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Cam Johnson – Phoenix Suns

Cam Johnson had a memorable season last year, that saw him gain a major role with the Phoenix Suns and reach the NBA Finals. Johnson will be hoping for more success this season and going that extra step.

Johnson has been coming off the bench for the Suns and averaging 21 MPG and 7 PPG. Cam is the go-to option on the wing and attempting five 3 pointers a game.

Cam could have made the headlines worldwide when he tried to attempt to poster LeBron James in the Suns win against the Lakers. Although, he did score 8 points in the NBA Western Conference 2021 Finals rematch.

The Suns have started the season with a 2-3 record and will be hoping to turn that around soon if they want to replicate the same success as last season.

HIGHLIGHTED MOST RECENT GAMES:
98-110 (LOSS) vs Denver Nuggets
11 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 23 minutes

115-105 (WIN) vs Los Angeles Lakers
8 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds in 18 minutes

101-92 (WIN) vs Cleveland Cavaliers
10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block in 24 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
PHOENIX SUNS2019/2022.08.81.23.3
PHOENIX SUNS2020/2124.09.61.43.3
PHOENIX SUNS2021/2221.07.01.02.4
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Nassir Little – Portland Trail Blazers

Nassir Little is reminding people why he was once one of the top young players in the country with his impact at the start of this season. Little has started two out of the five games for the Blazers and averaged over 25 MPG.

People have been impressed with Little’s contribution so far with his numbers improving over his previous two seasons. It has also been noted about what Little is bringing to the team that is not on the stat sheet and that always pleases fans.

Little is on a well-established team in the Blazers and will be hoping to support the strong backcourt of Lillard and McCollum. The Trail Blazers are currently 8th in the Western Conference with a 3-3 record in October.

HIGHLIGHTED MOST RECENT GAMES:
134-105 (WIN) vs Phoenix Suns
11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 27 minutes

86-116 (LOSS) vs Los Angeles Clippers
10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 31 minutes

111-92 (WIN) vs Los Angeles Clippers
8 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 24 minutes

113-125 (LOSS) vs Charlotte Hornets
8 points and 6 rebounds in 18 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGSPG
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS2019/2011.93.62.30.3
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS2020/2113.34.62.70.1
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS2021/2224.18.85.70.8
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Wayne Ellington – Los Angeles Lakers

Wayne Ellington headed to Hollywood this summer and returned to the Los Angeles Lakers, giving him his best shot of an NBA Championship. The NCAA Champion was recording over 20 MPG in pre-season before he got a Grade 1 hamstring strain and has so far missed the regular-season games.

Ellington should be back on the court soon and it will be interesting to see how the 2009 Most Oustanding Player will fit into this Lakers squad, with rumours in the off-season that Ellington could feature in the starting lineup.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGSPG
NEW YORK KNICKS2019/2015.55.11.20.4
DETROIT PISTONS2020/2122.09.61.50.4
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Danny Green – Philadelphia 76ers

3x NBA Champion and 2009 NCAA Champion, Danny Green signed a two-year extension to keep him in Philadelphia after having three teams in the past three seasons.

Danny Green is continuing his role as a starter this season for the Sixers and averages over 24 MPG. The Philadelphia 76ers have been in the news a lot recently, due to the Ben Simmons situation, but Green has helped his team to a 4-2 start to the regular season with his 5.8 PPG. The 76ers are 6th in the Eastern Conference.

HIGHLIGHTED MOST RECENT GAMES:
115-103 (WIN) vs Oklahoma City Thunder
11 points, 8 rebounds and 1 block in 28 minutes

99-112 (LOSS) vs New York Knicks
12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block in 24 minutes

122-94 (WIN) vs Atlanta Hawks
6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in 22 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGSPG
LOS ANGELES LAKERS2019/2024.08.03.31.3
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS2020/2128.09.53.81.3
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS2021/2224.15.82.71.2
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Reggie Bullock – Dallas Mavericks

Reggie Bullock headed back to the Western Conference this summer after signing for the Dallas Mavericks. Bullock has suited up for the Clippers, Suns and Lakers over his 9 year NBA career in the West.

Bullock joins the star-studded team led by Luka Doncic and first-year Head Coach, Jason Kidd. It took Reggie a couple of games to get going in the 2021/22 season, but in his third game against the Houston Rockets, Bullock showed signs of heating up that we saw last season. Bullock contributed with 16 points and 4 from behind the arc in their win against their state rivals.

At the end of October, Dallas Mavericks are 4th in the Western Conference with a record of 4-2, with Bullock averaging 20.5 MPG and 6.5 PPG.

highlighted most recent games:
116-106 (W) vs Houston Rockets

16 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist in 17 minutes

104-99 (W) vs San Antonio Spurs
7 points and 2 rebounds in 29 minutes

105-99 (WIN) vs Sacramento Kings
7 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 22 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
NEW YORK KNICKS2019/2023.68.12.31.4
NEW YORK KNICKS2020/2130.010.93.41.5
DALLAS MAVERICKS2021/2220.56.52.50.7
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Tony Bradley – Chicago Bulls

Tony Bradley joined fellow Tar Heel, Coby White, in Chicago this summer. The new-look Bulls with the additions of DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball have been flying since Opening Day with a 5-1 record through October, sitting them 4th in the Eastern Conference.

Bradley has featured in three games this season with 7.3 MPG and 2.0 PPG.

highlighted most recent games:
103-104 (LOSS) vs New York Knicks
2 points and 3 rebounds in 6 minutes

107-99 (WIN) vs Utah Jazz
2 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 13 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
UTAH JAZZ2019/2011.44.94.60.6
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS2020/2114.45.55.20.7
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER2020/2118.08.76.10.8
CHICAGO BULLS2021/227.32.02.71.0
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Day’Ron Sharpe – Brooklyn Nets

Day’Ron Sharpe was the next on the list of Tar Heels to play in the NBA after being drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 29th pick of the NBA Draft 2021 and traded to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets were touted to be quite interested in Sharpe and they got their man this summer.

Sharpe has only featured in four games this season and has been averaging 3.4 MPG, but the 19-year-old is a prospect and the Nets are hoping to see him reach the potential they believe he can.

Sharpe scored his first points in the NBA in a win against the Washington Wizards and to no Tar Heel fans surprise, it was an under the basket power move that we saw so much of last season.

It is thought we could see Sharpe get some minutes for Brooklyn’s G-League Affiliate Team, the Long Island Nets, but currently, Sharpe is playing with some of the best players in the world as his teammates and looking to learn as much as possible.

HIGHLIGHTED MOST RECENT GAMES:
104-90 (WIN) vs Washington Wizards
2 points in 4 minutes

117-91 (WIN) vs Detroit Pistons
5 points and 2 rebounds in 6 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPG
BROOKLYN NETS2021/223.41.80.5
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Ed Davis – Cleveland Cavaliers

Ed Davis is now on his eighth NBA team after signing for the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer. The NCAA 2009 Champion has been a solid role player since entering the NBA in 2010 and will be hoping to be an influential veteran on this relatively young Cavaliers team.

Davis has only played 3 minutes this season and we’ll see if he gets more playing time in the rotation of Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s system. The Cavaliers are currently 11th with a 3-4 record.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
UTAH JAZZ2019/2010.81.83.80.3
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES2020/2113.02.15.00.6
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS2021/221.50.00.50.0
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Tar Heels in the G-League

Theo Pinson was signed by the Boston Celtics this summer, then waived. He was then signed to their G-League Affiliate Team, the Maine Celtics.

Justin Jackson was signed by the Dallas Mavericks but was waived a day later. He then went on to sign for their G-League Affiliate Team, the Texas Legends.

Have you listened to the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast yet? It’s an interview-style podcast with former UNC basketball players as guests every episode. It launched in April and during Season One, the guests have included Joel Berry IIKennedy MeeksMarcus GinyardJawad WilliamsDeon ThompsonBobby FrasorNate BrittJustin PierceLeslie McDonaldBrandon RobinsonBaden Jaxen and Garrison Brooks.

The latest episode and finale of Season One of the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast is Tyler Hansbrough, as he talks about some funny stories of his time in Chapel Hill, playing overseas and his experiences in China, as well as his all-time UNC starting five, watch the episode here:

The Podcast is also available on many different platforms; YouTubeSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsPocket CastsRadioPublicCastbox and Anchor FM.

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