NBA Cowboy Call-Ups: Smart vital in impressive Celtics’ run

By Adam Luther

Sports Blogger



Marcus Smart, G, Boston Celtics (9.9 ppg, 5.8 apg, 4.3 rpg)

(Keith Allison/Flickr)

Marcus Smart has been a key contributor off the bench on the defensive end for the Boston Celtics during their 13-game winning streak. Although he has not yet found his shooting touch, making only 29 percent of his shots, he has demonstrated an ability to distribute the ball well.  He averages 6.9 assists per game during November, and his 5.8 assists a night lead the team.

Tony Allen, G, New Orleans Pelicans (4.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.7 spg)

Just as his role on the Pelicans was beginning to expand, Tony Allen began to suffer from inflammation in his left knee. He is listed as day to day.  In November, Allen is averaging 17.6 minutes per game, and he has tallied double figures scoring games twice: against the Mavericks and Timberwolves.

Jawun Evans, G, Los Angeles Clippers (5.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.0 apg)

Although the Clippers have struggled recently, losing six straight, Jawun Evans has seen more playing time, as he is averaging 19.6 minutes per game during his past three.  He scored a career-high 11 points on Nov. 11, despite having only one made basket. He was 8-of-8 from the free throw line.

James Anderson, G, Khimki Moscow [VTB United League/Euroleague] (13.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.6 apg)

With Khimki off to a flying start in both the VTB United League (4-1, third place) and the Euroleague (5-2, second place), James Anderson has been a vital player in the rotation.  He is second on the team in points (13.3) across both competitions, and is shooting 40 percent from 3-point range.

Markel Brown, G, Oklahoma City Blue [NBA G-League] (19 ppg, 5 rpg, 3.3 apg)

Markel Brown is off to a solid start in his first season back in the G-League, as he is second on the team in points, rebounds and assists after three games.  He had a stellar performance on Nov. 5 against the Reno Bighorns, scoring 20 points on 7-of-9 from the field including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc in 23 minutes.

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