By Grant Ramirez
Marcus Smart, G, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart returned to the court this week after missing two games with injuries to both of his ankles he suffered during a loss to the Bucks. Over his past three games, he averaged 11 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. Although he hasn’t been the most efficient scorer, shooting only 34 percent, he is finding other ways to help his team. Smart has done a great job getting his teammates involved, notching 15 assists this week. This ranks second on the team to only Kyrie Irving. He has also proven to be a valuable defender, averaging 1.3 steals per game.
Tony Allen, G, New Orleans Pelicans
The heart and soul of the Grit ‘N Grind Grizzlies has found a new home in New Orleans after spending seven seasons with Memphis. Tony Allen hasn’t been called on too often, playing only 10.6 minutes per game. In games against the Kings, Cavs and Magic, Allen, a 14-year veteran, averaged 5.7 points and 2 rebounds. Although Allen isn’t as agile as he once was, he has shown he is still more than capable on the defensive end, averaging nearly one steal per game this week.
Jawun Evans, G, Los Angeles Clippers
After not playing in the Clippers’ first five games of the year, Jawun Evans got his first NBA action at the end of a blowout loss to Golden State. He was efficient in his seven minutes, scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting. Evans also had one assist.