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ACC In The NBA, Nov. 26

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:26am
By: Brian Geisinger

Quick note: he may not represent an ACC school, but I would like to wish a speedy recovery to Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. The 2011 NBA MVP - who missed all of last season with a torn ACL - is shutting it down for the rest of this season because of a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. Seriously, this is awful. The league just isn't quite the same without him.

The ACC is strong in the Los Angeles Clippers, you guys. On Sunday night, the Clip Show - led by The Point Gawd, Chris Paul (Wake Forest), who slapped up another double-double with 16 points and 17 assists - demolished the Derrick Rose-less Bulls 121-82.

Several of Paul's assists went to long-range sniper J.J. Redick (Duke), who had 19 points, and Jared Dudley (Boston College), who had 21 points (a season high).

It's been a rough season for Dallas Mavericks center Bernard James (Florida State), who has yet to enter one of the Mavs' first 14 games this season. However, with Samuel Dalembert on the mend with sore ribs, James could get his opportunity to get become a bigger cog in Dallas' rotation.

The Utah Jazz are awful, and have won only once all season. However, a smaller lineup featuring Marvin Williams (North Carolina) at the four and Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech) at the five could open some things up, and provide the Jazz Flutes with better spacing on offense.

Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse) has been a dynamic talent for the Philadelphia 76ers, which bodes well for a team building toward a brighter future. It's super early, obviously, but is the rookie of the year award already his to lose?

Outside of Brook Lopez and Mason Plumlee (Duke), just about everyone on the Brooklyn Nets roster has struggled this season. Plumlee has played very efficiently, posting a solid Player Efficiency Rating (PER) and leading all rookies in true shooting percentage (TS%).

Without PG Ty Lawson (North Carolina) the 6-6 Denver Nuggets would be toast. Lawson has been sensational all season, and he leads the team in a variety of categories, including points (20.8 ppg), assists (8.5 apg), steals (1.3 spg) and PER (22.7, which is very good).

Hey, speaking of Denver: it's been a rocky (punny, right?) first few weeks in the mountains for J.J. Hickson (NC State). After having a career year playing as an undersized center for the Portland Trail Blazers, Hickson signed as a free agent with the Nuggs, but at this point in the young season, the former Wolfpacker is having some early struggles.

Veteran point guard Steve Blake (Maryland) - or, in the words of the Black Mamba, "Vino Blanco" - is in his 11th season (!!!) in the NBA, and he's playing the best ball of his career - which, according to head coach Mike D'Antoni, is because of his effort and energy.

Mavericks rookie point guard Shane Larkin (Miami), finally recovered receiving surgery on his ankle in July, made his NBA debut against Philadelphia last week. His family, including his dad - DID YOU KNOW THAT THIS MAN PLAYED PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL? - were on hand to witness.

Just because you're the greatest power forward in the history of professional basketball doesn't mean you're immune to being pranked by two of your teammates, Tim Duncan (Wake Forest).

Rookie center Steven Adams (Pittsburgh) has been a pleasant surprise for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Adams has looked for more ready for NBA action than just about anyone thought he was, but he's not letting the early success go to his head.

(Note: I'm guessing this is the first time we've ever linked to an article from New Zealand newspaper. Can we call that part of the Footprint, please?)

Jarret Jack (Georgia Tech) is in his eighth NBA season, which is his first with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Here, Jack reflects upon his rookie season - in 2005-06 - with the Trail Blazers.

The addition of Jack in Cleveland added fuel to the expectations for this year's Cavs - it became playoffs or bust. However, Kyrie Irving (Duke) and his group of talented teammates have hit their fair share of bumps in the road, so far.