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ACC In The NBA, Jan. 14

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:36am
By: Brian Geisinger

The recently traded Luol Deng (Duke) says he's open to signing a contract extension with his new team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Point guard Ty Lawson (North Carolina) has been doing some serious work for the Denver Nuggets this season: 17.7 ppg, 8.6 apg, and an efficiency rating of 20.3. In a loaded Western Conference, though, Lawson will likely miss out on the All-Star game. Still, Denver is trying their best to build some public support for his candidacy.

It's been a rough star to his professional career for Alex Len (Maryland); Phoenix selected the former Terrapin No. 5 overall, but Len has battled injuries and has only played in eight games. Over the weekend, things didn't get any better when he tried to stop Ed Davis (North Carolina) at the rim. #ACConACCcrime

Hey, speaking of funky dunks: Reggie Jackson (Boston College) of the OKC Thunder goes up-and-over Denver's Kenneth Faried for a monster slam.

Heading into this season, the Philadelphia 76ers didn't hide their plans: they were stocking up on draft picks, clearing cap space and preparing themselves for the arduous task of rebuilding. Philly was playing for the future. The exceptional play of rookie PG Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse), however, is proving to be a catalyst for that process.

The NBA Trade Deadline is rapidly approaching - Feb. 20. The Los Angeles Lakers - desperate for backcourt help - have inquired the New York Knicks on the availability of their wing guard Iman Shumpert (Georgia Tech).

Lorenzo Brown's (N.C. State) roller coaster of a rookie season in professional basketball continues to ebb and flow.

They don't get any better than this: Tim Duncan (Wake Forest), now in his 17th season (which, whoa) in the NBA - all with the Spurs, continues to impress (PER of 21.27, which, also, whoa). Here's a cool video that looks back on one of the greatest players/careers in the history of basketball.

Mike Scott (Virginia) is only in his second year in the NBA, but the Atlanta Hawks forward has been superb in the absence of big man Al Horford.

The Dallas Mavericks are 22-16, and fighting on a daily basis for a playoff spot out west - they're currently No. 8 in the Western Conference. Is there any chance Bernard James (Florida State) could help the Mavs during the second half of the season?

Thunder rookie big man Steven Adams (Pittsburgh) was the latest of victim of the Larry Sanders (or, in the words of Grantland's Zach Lowe: LARRY SANDERS!) Implosion Tour.

New York point guard Raymond Felton (North Carolina) returned to the lineup three games ago, and subsequently, the Knicks have won three straight. LeBron James - hey, he's not bad at basketball, you guys - came away impressed.

Rookie PG Shane Larkin (Miami) was looking forward to returning home, and playing against the Orlando Magic, the team he grew up rooting for. However: a sprained right ankle held him out of the Mavericks' game last night.