Reggie Jackson (Boston College) at least has a shot at Sixth Man of the Year, though his odds probably aren't great.
The Wizards haven't used Trevor Booker (Clemson) much this year, which has left Booker frustrated.
After the Spurs barely nudged out the Hawks last week, Elton Brand (Duke) commented that he wasn't surprised given the Spurs' general winning ways.
Luol Deng (Duke) has been dealing with a calf injury that held him out of Saturday's game. Deng has played well this year, and the Bulls miss his scoring punch with Derrick Rose out.
Deng's teammate in Chicago, Mike Dunleavy (Duke), said he still likes the Bulls chances this year even with Rose out. As a shooter, Dunleavy was impressed with Kyle Korver breaking the NBA record for consecutive games with a three-pointer made.
This won't help Duke's reputation for flopping. Gerald Henderson (Duke) received a warning from the NBA for flopping. Here's a video where he unnecessarily takes a dive.
Well this is kind of funny, weird, creepy, scary, etc. Some random kid just walked up to Kyrie Irving (Duke) during a game with a T-shirt urging him to stay (since Cavaliers fans are understandably really insecure with their star players). But you can't just do that since it's a potentially harmful situation for the players. Really, the kid is lucky Chris Paul (Wake Forest) didn't do anything when he confronted him.
Irving also headlines this SI.com article of the All-Letdown Team in the Eastern Conference. Some league executives are even saying Irving is pouting with his poor shooting. That's not a good look for him.
Miles Plumlee (Duke) has excelled with Phoenix this year because of a renewed spirit in a new setting.
Meanwhile, across the country, Mason Plumlee (Duke) is second on ESPN's rookie rankings.
Kyle Singler (Duke) has had some inconsistencies with shooting the ball, but he's heated up a bit recently, which is good news for Detroit.
SLAM has a Q&A with Chris Bosh (Georgia Tech) in which he discusses everything from team chemistry to a cameo on Parks and Rec. And for the Bosh haters, here's Josh Smith dunking over Bosh on a fast break.
Iman Shumpert (Georgia Tech) has been the subject of trade rumors, and he says he's been angry. But J.R. Smith thinks Shumpert plays best when he's angry.
Alex Len (Maryland) continues to be out because of nagging ankle problems. But he says he's just controlling what he can control.
In the Rudy Gay to Sacramento trade, the Kings shipped Greivis Vasquez (Maryland) and John Salmons (Miami) to Toronto. The Raptors also sent Aaron Gray (Pittsburgh) to Sacramento.
This Dallas columnist says Shane Larkin (Miami) has shown enough promise early on that he's worth holding on to.
Denver coach Brian Shaw says Ty Lawson (North Carolina) should be a leading candidate for the All-Star game. Lawson has gotten some buzz as a dark horse MVP candidate, but he hurt his hamstring over the weekend.
Even though the Knicks have been horrible this year, and people have called for Mike Woodson to be fired, Raymond Felton (North Carolina) backed Woodson and said the players want him to stay.
There's no projected return date for Brandan Wright (North Carolina), who has been out with a fractured shoulder, but he's eyeing Wednesday.
Reggie Bullock (North Carolina) suffered a high ankle sprain over the weekend and will be out for the rest of the Clippers' road trip.
Though Danny Green (North Carolina) can be very effective in his on-ball defense, his off-ball defense needs work, and that could make him an elite defender.
Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina) is looking to return soon from a shoulder sprain.
Andrew Bynum wasn't too pleased with the way J.J. Hickson (N.C. State) played and defended him, and Bynum called him an infant.
Kiwi Steven Adams (Pittsburgh) is a finalist for New Zealander of the Year. That's ... kind of a big deal.
DeJuan Blair (Pittsburgh) is playing with a chip on his shoulder and still trying to prove to the Spurs that they shouldn't have let him go.
The Knicks recently lost to the Celtics by 41 points, which Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse) says was an embarrassment. New York supposedly has no intentions right now of trading Anthony. Carmelo was also recently seen blocked by Victor Oladipo at the rim. In other news, Anthony has parterned with rapper 50 Cent's SMS Audio.
Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse) was in the hospital for an infection on his knee, but he's been released.
Last week, Roger Mason Jr. (Virginia) was robbed at a restaurant, but he wasn't harmed. As for on the court stuff, Mason says he can provide backcourt depth. Miami's looking for someone to help with Dwyane Wade's health in flux.
Pelicans coach Monty Williams says he wants to get Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest) the ball more.