Breath it in

Nearly a year later, your 2009 National Champs

Posted by mvetack on March 17, 2010

On year ago the North Carolina Tar Heels were on the eve of their dominate run at winning the 2009 National Championship.  Many of the major players involved in that championship season went on due to graduation or the lifestyle and step up in competition that is the NBA.  Here is a look the rookie seasons of Ty Lawson, Tyler Hansbrough, Wayne Ellington, and Danny Green.

Ty Lawson has enjoyed early success for one of the top teams in the Western conference.  Backing up Chauncey Billups in Denver, Lawson has averaged 9 points 3.3 assists 2.1 rebounds in just 21 minutes of play.  Off the bench, Lawson likes to push the pace and create plays for the likes of the Birdman and JR Smith.  Besides giving the Nuggets depth at the all important PG position, Lawson gives the Nuggets a future beyond Chauncey at point guard.

Tyler Hansbrough – Hansbrough has struggled to stay on the floor because of nagging injuries and will have to fight Roy Hibbert for some playing time next season.  In his limited 17 minutes per game, Tyler is averaging 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1 assist per game.  Hansbrough has continued his hard work ethic in the NBA and it shows with his hustle on the court.  Hopefully Hansbrough can get on a role health wise so he can get in a flow for once to see what he is really capable of in the NBA.

Wayne Ellington – Wayne Ellington was the guy with the silky smooth jump shot you saw on a nightly basis in Carolina last season.  Ellington started the season with very limited chances to show off the silk but has earned more playing time in the latter half of the season.  Wayne is averaging 6.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, and .9 assists per game.  His jumper has not lost anything in the NBA as he shoots 38% from beyond the arch, 43% from the field, and 89% from the stripe.  Ellington on the right team and with the right role could play a key role in a playoff team.

Danny Green – Danny was the 4th, 5th, or even 6th option in Carolina.  His athleticism was his biggest asset to the championship run from a year ago.  Whether it was blocking shots, getting well timed steals, knocking down deep threes, or throwing down a slam that erupted the arena, Danny Green definitely contributed.  In the NBA, Danny Green can be seen dancing in the corner of the bench along with teammates and LeBron James more than you will find him on the court.  Green has averaged only 5.9 minutes per game and just 2.4 points a game.  Green is on a permier team and only gets to prove himself in garbage time.  As of now, he seems to enjoy his role as cheer leader and backup dancer to LeBron.

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