By Joseph Fazio
Marcus Smart, G, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart has slid himself into the sixth man role this season for the Celtics. In the previous three games, Smart has been a force on defense. Smart averaged 5.3 rebounds per game and two steals per game. Nov. 5 against the Magic was considerably Smart’s best game of the season. He tallied 11 points, eight assists, eight rebounds and three steals. If there was one thing to work on, it would be shooting .311, which is currently the worst field goal percentage of his career.
Tony Allen, G, New Orleans Pelicans
Tony Allen has been sliding down the food chain on the Pelicans’ roster. Allen’s steal average has dropped down to .7 steals per game. The former first-team All-Defense player has been overlooked at the guard position, in favor of players like E’Twaun Moore and Ian Clark. However, Allen scored a season-high 10 points against the Mavericks on Nov 3. and has slowly been gaining minutes in the past three games. Playing a season high 24 minutes last game against the Pacers, the Pelicans may look to play Allen more in future games.
Jawun Evans, G, Los Angeles Clippers
Jawun Evans played twice in four games this week, getting an average of six minutes against the Mavericks and Spurs. He made his first and only three pointer of the season against Dallas, including two rebounds in the game.