It was ex-Kansas Jayhawk night in the NBA Friday night. Several former Jayhawks created headlines with prime-time contributions for their teams.
Mario Chalmers, who played on the last Kansas national championship team in 2008, put in 16 points and had four steals in the Miami Heat’s 122-103 win over visiting Sacramento. First-year player Ben McLemore, who a year ago led the Jayhawks in scoring in his only season of college ball, scored 20 points in Sacramento’s the loss to the Heat.
Veteran NBA All-Star Paul Pierce, who played 15 season for the Boston and is with the Brooklyn Nets this season, scored 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in a losing effort on Friday night. The Nets fell in overtime to the Philadelphia Sixers. Pierce, who has averaged around 21 points a game for his pro career, is averaging 13 points a game this season for Brooklyn, the lowest scoring average in his 16 NBA seasons. Pierce played at Kansas from 1995-98. He was the 10th player overall taken in the 1998 NBA Draft.
Markieff Morris scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 103–99 win at Denver. Morris, who averaged 15 points a game in his final season at Kansas in 2010-11, is averaging just over 13 points a game this season for the Suns. His brother, Marcus, who was a teammate of Msrkieff’s at Kansas, also plays for Phoenix. Marcus is averaging 10 points a game this season.
While we are on the subject, you might be wondering what happened to Josh Selby, a one-and-done and not-all-that-impressive player at Kansas during the 2010-11 season – the sane season, incidentally, that the Morris twins ended their careers as Jayhawks. Selby was with the NBA Memphis Grizzlies the past two seasons, but played spariningly. He is now in the NBA Development League.