By Joel Devick
Tony Allen, G, New Orleans Pelicans: 5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, .5 apg
“The Grindfather” as he is sometimes known, Tony Allen returned from a four-game injury absence on Nov. 20 to boost a struggling New Orleans team. Allen helped the Pelicans to three straight wins before a couple tough losses against the Warriors on Saturday and Timberwolves Wednesday night.
Marcus Smart, G, Boston Celtics: 9.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.2 apg
Marcus Smart continues to be the defensive stalwart on the perimeter for a red-hot Boston team, but he also has turned up the offensive side of his game. In a loss to the Detroit Pistons on Monday night, Smart posted a season best 23 points and made 6-of-9 3-point attempts.
Jawun Evans, G, Los Angeles Clippers: 4.4 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.2 apg
Injuries and poor play have led to a frustrating season for the Los Angeles Clippers, but Jawun Evans has been a small bright spot for LA. Evans has averaged 3.6 points against opponents during their recent three-game win streak.