Spartan Nation would like to present a new, weekly piece highlighting the Michigan State alumni populating rosters in the NBA. Make sure to check every Monday to see how your favorite Spartans fared. This week was a particularly good one for MSU grads.
Zach Randolph had a few stellar performances for the Grizzlies, achieving a double-double twice in three games. The power forward notched 15 points and 12 rebounds on Monday, but Memphis fell to the Clippers, 99-73. His squad also lost to the Spurs on Wednesday, 103-82, despite Randolph’s 11 points. The 11-year NBA veteran suffered a lower back strain in the defeat to San Antonio, which sidelined him for the Grizzlies’ 85-69 victory over the Kings. He returned with a purpose against the Bulls, racking up 13 points and 19 rebounds in 42 minutes of floor time.
Toronto’s Alan Anderson had a busy week, playing in four games in six days. On Tuesday, he was forced to the bench after he took an elbow to the face during the Nets’ 113-106 triumph over the Raptors. Anderson underwent some dental work, but was back on Wednesday in a narrow 107-105 overtime loss to the Bulls. The shooting guard racked up 27 points on 10 of 18 shooting, but it was not enough to propel the Raptors to victory. Toronto’s losing streak was extended to four games after a 108-101 overtime defeat at the hands of the 76ers, though Anderson added 18 points in his 34 minutes of court time. The former Spartan helped end the skid on Sunday, notching 14 points in a 108-103 win over the Lakers.
76ers guard Jason Richardson had a quiet week, as Philadelphia played in just two games. He contributed five points in a 111-99 loss to the Hornets on Tuesday and managed seven points in Philly’s 108-101 triumph over Anderson and the Raptors on Friday.
Though the Suns lost both of their games this week, Phoenix’s Shannon Brown looked stellar in both contests. The guard scored 21 points against the Thunder in Monday’s 102-90 loss and tallied 20 in a 98-94 defeat at the hands of the Bucks on Thursday. Brown also captured five rebounds and four steals versus Milwaukee.
Rookie Draymond Green saw solid playing time for the Warriors, as Golden State lost two of its three games. Green’s best performance came on Wednesday in a 92-75 blowout loss to the Heat, in which he recorded nine points and seven rebounds in 29 minutes of playing time. The Warriors again lost on Friday, as the Spurs snatched a 95-88 win despite the small forward’s six point, seven rebound effort off the bench. The next day, Green added five points to help Golden State end a three game losing skid with a 116-112 win over the Hornets.