Keeping up: Ohio State Buckeyes in the NBA, week of 12/4-12/10

Jared Wickerham

This might have been a week to forget for former Buckeyes in the NBA. Illness, ineffectiveness, and inactivity plagued most of the Buckeye alumni during the week.

The lone bright spot last week seemed to be Evan Turner's buzzer beater, but we'll get to that later. Hopefully this week is a little more profitable, since a number of ESPN games this week involve former Buckeyes. Friday night will showcase four of the six Buckeyes currently in the NBA (assuming Daequan Cook doesn't get slapped with a DNP). Have no fear if you miss the NBA Buckeye doubleheader on Friday night, I'll be back next week to give you a recap of it all.

Mike Conley - PG - Memphis Grizzlies: Even though Conley's stats weren't very good last week, the Grizzlies still ended up winning two out of three games. The Memphis point guard had a rough week from the field, going 10-30 over the three games. Conley also only had 13 assists in his last three games, which is below his season average of just over 6 assists/game. Though the season is still young, Conley possesses the best record of the 6 Buckeyes in the NBA season, as the Grizzlies currently sit at 14-4.

Daequan Cook - SG - Houston Rockets: Cook is still struggling to find his role in Houston, as he played in only two of the four games that the Rockets played this week. Both of the games that Cook played in this week were games that the Rockets lost against the Spurs. Daequan was only on the floor for a combined 15 minutes in the two games, with all of his 8 points this week coming in Friday's game. Even though Cook played a few minutes on Monday, his performance didn't earn rave reviews.

Kosta Koufos - F/C - Denver Nuggets: This week got off to a rough start for Koufos, as he was forced to miss Wednesday's game against Atlanta with the flu. In his other two games of the week, Koufos started both and played over 20 minutes in each. Currently the Nuggets are in the middle of a five-game road trip, but will return home on Friday to host Memphis. That game can be seen on ESPN at 10:30 PM EST if you want to check-in on Koufos and Mike Conley.

Byron Mullens - F/C - Charlotte Bobcats: It was a week to forget for Mullens, who saw diminished playing time in the first three Bobcats games of the week. Going into Wednesday's game against the Knicks, Mullens had played over 20 minutes in every game this season. In his next three he didn't break the 20 minute barrier. Mullens came off the bench Saturday against San Antonio, the first game this season where he hasn't started. The Bobcats have lost their last 8 games, which must only compound Mullens' recent frustrations.

Evan Turner - G/F - Philadelphia 76ers: Turner had a very strong week, mostly notably with this game winner against the Celtics on Friday. Evan registered double-doubles in that win against Boston (26 points/10 rebounds) and a win Monday night against Detroit (18 points/11 rebounds). Yahoo's Ball Don't Lie wrote yesterday that Turner might be trying to prove that practice doesn't make perfect. The Villian continues to be the best performing former Buckeye this season.

Jared Sullinger - PF - Boston Celtics: Like Kosta Koufos, Jared also had to deal with the flu this week. Reports were that Sullinger was playing through the flu on Wednesday and Friday. The illness contributed to a mostly quiet week from Sullinger, who continues to see usually between 15-20 minutes a game. While Evan Turner might have gotten the headlines in the Celtics/76ers game on Friday, Jared had his best game of the week of the bench in the return matchup on Saturday. In 22 minutes Sullinger had 7 points and 9 rebounds. There are a couple chances to catch Sully this week, as the Celtics play Dallas on Wednesday and Houston on Friday, both games at 8 PM EST on ESPN.

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