Kosta is quietly putting together a solid season - Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
As the NBA nears the halfway point, we are starting to get an idea on which former Buckeyes will be playing in the playoffs and which will be sitting home.
The NBA All-Star break is less than a month away and I can't see any Buckeye alumni getting selected to play in the All-Star game in Houston. While Mike Conley, Kosta Koufos, and Evan Turner have all put up solid seasons, I just can't see it being enough to get them a spot on the squads, unless a rash of injuries breaks out and even that might not be enough.
Mike Conley - PG - Memphis Grizzlies: The Grizzlies went 2-2 last week and Conley was pretty much right around his averages all of last week. On the season Conley is averaging 13.1 points per game on the season and in two of Memphis' four games last week Conley scored 13 points. One season-high that Conley did set last week is on Saturday he logged 47 minutes in the Grizzlies' overtime win against Chicago. It seems as if Conley's shooting stroke has returned, as Conley didn't shoot less than 40% from the field in any of the four games last week that Memphis played.
Daequan Cook - SG - Chicago Bulls: Looks like Daequan is settling into a pattern similar to what was happening early this year to him in Houston. In 4 games for Chicago last week, Cook logged a combined 9:40 on the floor and registered 1 rebound in that time. It is hard to believe but Cook's minutes might as actually be cut even more once Derrick Rose returns from injury, which is predicted to happen after the All-Star break.
Kosta Koufos - F/C - Denver Nuggets: While the Nuggets had their 6-game winning streak snapped last week, Koufos continued his steady play this season. Two of the four games that Denver played last week were against Oklahoma City and Koufos saved his best games last week for against one of the NBA's best teams. In a 117-97 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday, Koufos had 16 points and 9 rebounds, while in a 121-118 win in OT on Sunday Kosta registered his 4th double-double on the season, with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Byron Mullens - F/C - Charlotte Bobcats: Charlotte coach Mike Dunlap gave an update on Mullens' rehab from his ankle injury suffered before Christmas, and the update wasn't good. Dunlap said that Mullens is a "long way away" from returning to the Charlotte lineup. Originally Mullens was thought to have just a sprained ankle, but it was discovered that he has at least one torn ligament in his ankle. With Charlotte sitting at 10-31 on the season, I don't see any reason for Mullens to rush back.
Evan Turner - G/F - Philadelphia 76ers: While the 76ers continue to struggle, Turner continues to do a little bit of everything for them. Turner logged his 9th double-double on the year Monday against San Antonio, with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Last week it seemed as if Turner was a little more of a distributor for the 76ers, registering 7 assists in two of the three games that Philadelphia played.
Jared Sullinger - PF - Boston Celtics: I did happen to catch a little of the Bulls/Celtics game on Friday night on ESPN and Sullinger made sure to impress for the national audience. In a season-high 38 minutes, Sullinger had 15 rebounds to go along with 7 points off the bench. During the game Sullinger did foul out, and actually I heard a stat during the game that Sully leads the NBA in fouling out, now with 6 on the season. So far in January Sully has fouled out of a game 4 times. After winning their previous 6 games coming into last week, the Celtics dropped all 3 games they played to halt their winning streak.