Marcus Smart: 10. 1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.7 apg, 30.1 mpg
After Marcus Smart avoided the possibility of Boston trading him, he’s giving the Celtics the minutes they need for success. Smart recently returned to the lineup after a serious right hand injury he suffered when he punched a picture frame. As a result, Smart ended up with glass in his hand. Doctors told Smart he’s lucky because the injury could’ve been worse, according to the Boston Globe. Smart, a former Oklahoma State guard, is having one of his best seasons since he has entered the league. Throughout the course of the last 10 games, he is averaging barely fewer than 12 points per game. Clearly, the trade talks didn’t faze him.
Jawun Evans: 5.6 ppg, 2.4 apg, 2 rpg, 18.4 mpg
Stepping into this season, Jawun Evans had a larger role with the Clippers than expected when they first acquired him. With Chris Paul leaving, Evans’s game would need to evolve. Although the Clippers have Lou Williams and Austin Rivers, losing a guard like Paul is crucial to the scheme in LA. There are games when Evans doesn’t get any minutes, but given the opportunity, he can bring a spark to the Clippers. Evans , a guard, is averaging 18 minutes and chipping barely fewer than six points per game. As his career evolves, Evans’s minutes could potentially increase. For now, he just has to wait to get his opportunity.
Tony Allen: free agent
The time for Tony Allen to retire could potentially be around the corner. Allen, a six-time NBA All-Defensive team member, has had ups and downs throughout the season. Allen was traded during the trade deadline, and after that, the Chicago Bulls decided to waive him. The Oklahoma City Thunder has expressed a bit of interest in Allen, a former OSU guard, but has made no deal. Allen has battled injuries, a potential reason teams aren’t willing to take him, throughout the season.