Nov 21, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Knicks guard Raymond felton (2) shoots against Dallas Mavericks guard Darren Collison (4) at American Airlines Center. The Mavs beat the Knicks 114-111. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Heels in the Pros: The 411 on former Tar Heels in the NBA

There are several teams in the NBA that have former UNC Tar Heel basketball players on their rosters. Some of these teams are having a great deal of success due to these Tar Heels. The New York Knicks are the hottest topic in the NBA. Many people focus on how Carmelo Anthony has a new commitment to defense. However, Raymond Felton the point guard running the show in New York City. Felton had his best season when he played for Knicks a few years ago. Then, he bounced around the league only to end up back in NYC; where he should have been. Rasheed Wallace came out of retirement to bolster the low post in NY.

Tywon Lawson continues to impress us with his dynamic play as the starting point guard for the Denver Nuggets. With the recent addition of Andre’ Iguodala, the Nuggets are sizing themselves up to be a force in the playoffs. Once Wilson Chandler returns to play from an injury, Denver will be at full steam.

Brandan Wright has earned a great deal of playing time in Dallas during the absence of Dirk Nowitzki. Wright has impressed with his defense and scoring. Earlier in season against the Los Angeles Lakers, Brandan played exceptionally well at Staples Arena. He had 14 points and 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. These numbers may not impress you, but keep in mind that Brandan Wright is 6’10” 210 lbs. and he guarded Dwight Howard during this game. Howard is at least 50 lbs. bigger than Wright. In addition, Wright plays alongside fellow Tar Heel Vince Carter whose outside shooting will be instrumental in the Mavericks making a run at the playoffs.

Here is a list of other Tar Heels and their respective teams: Wayne Ellington - Memphis Grizzlies. Marvin WilliamsUtah Jazz. Brendan Haywood - Charlotte Bobcats, Antawn Jamison - Los Angeles Lakers, Tyler Hansbrough - Indiana Pacers, John Henson - Milwaukee Bucks, Harrison Barnes - Golden State Warriors, Kendall Marshall - Phoenix Suns, Tyler Zeller - Cleveland Cavaliers. If you add in the number of Tar Heels who are NBA coaches and in the front offices of franchises, then you will see that there are a great deal of Tar Heel Nation in the NBA.

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