Though each of the five former Spartans in the NBA has had a solid season thus far, one player has done especially well. Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph has made the Spartan Nation proud with both his scoring and rebounding abilities, as he is averaging 16.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Many outside of East Lansing have also taken notice, as Randolph was chosen as a Western Conference reserve player by the 30 voting NBA coaches. He will travel to Houston on Sunday, Feb. 17 to participate in the high-profile game.
Raptors shooting guard Alan Anderson hasnâ€™t had a bad season either. In fact, Anderson is having a breakout year for Toronto, becoming the squadâ€™s primary scorer off the bench. After being released by the Bobcats in 2007, Anderson played in many different countries and on an assortment of D-League teams before he finally earned a spot with the Raptors in March of 2012. Since then, Anderson hasnâ€™t looked back. He is currently averaging 13 points in 25.6 minutes per game.
In three contests this week, the shooting guard did well, though the Raptors went 1-2. On Wednesday, Anderson scored 20 points in 36 minutes of playing time in a 123-116 loss to the Heat. He contributed 13 points, four rebounds and three assists the next day in a 97-95 triumph over the Magic. Anderson caught fire from the field on Saturday, shooting 7 of 14 and ending up with 17 points. But Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers dashed Torontoâ€™s hopes in the waning seconds of the contest, nailing a buzzer beater to give Cleveland a 99-98 victory.
Shannon Brown saw decreased time at point guard over the course of the week for the Suns. He tallied 12 points and four steals in 29 minutes on Wednesday in a 106-96 win over the Kings. In 19 minutes of court time on Thursday against the Clippers, Brown recorded nine points. During that game, the six-year NBA veteran threw down an impressive dunk that caused ESPN analyst Chris Palmer to tweet: â€œShannon Brown is still one of the best game dunkers. Hang time & power.â€ Two days later in a 108-99 loss to the Spurs, Brown contributed four points in 14 minutes of playing time. On Sunday, he added six points for the Suns in a 110-95 loss to the Mavericks.
Memphis playmaker Zach Randolph continued his standout season with another impressive week. He nearly helped the Grizzlies snatch a win over the Pacers, but his 13 points and seven rebounds were not enough, as Indiana took home an 82-81 victory. His 12 point, 10 rebound performance did the job against Los Angeles on Wednesday, though, as his team claimed a 106-93 triumph over the struggling Lakers. On Friday, Randolph nearly duplicated his double-double effort, but finished one rebound short (12 points, 9 rebounds on the day) in a 101-77 blowout win over the Nets. He did accomplish the feat again on Sunday, racking up 20 points and 13 rebounds in a 91-83 loss to the Hornets.
Rookie small forward Draymond Green had a quiet week for the Warriors. He saw limited playing time, and he was never on the court for more than 12 minutes in a game. He scored seven points in 12 minutes on Monday in a 106-99 triumph over the Clippers. In seven minutes of time on Wednesday against the Thunder, Green did not record a point. Golden State won that contest, 104-99. Against the Bulls, the rookie tallied two points in 11 minutes of court time during a 103-87 loss. Green and the Warriors also dropped their next decision to the Bucks, 109-102. The small forward had three points in 10 minutes on the night.
76ers guard Jason Richardson did not play this week due to a knee injury. He is currently considered day-to-day, and did not participate in Philadelphiaâ€™s practice on Sunday.