Tar Heel Pros 2001-2002 NBA Preview

With another NBA season getting underway here's a look at the 2001-02 Tar Heel NBA Pros ...

Vince Carter (4th year), Toronto Raptors: He scores (27.6 ppg - 5th), he rebounds (5.5 rpg), he hits the open man (3.9 apg), he's amazing and he's still getting better.

Hubert Davis (10th year), Washington Wizards: Will start season on the injured list. Was 4th in the NBA last year in 3-point FG accuracy at 4.6% (78 of 171).

Joseph Forte (rookie), Boston Celtics: The 21st pick in the draft will break into the league as a shooting guard, but at only 6-3, 191 may need to play the point.

Rick Fox (11th year), Los Angeles Lakers: Earned the starting small forward slot on the 2-time World Champs as a tenacious defender and accurate 3-point shooter.

Brendan Haywood (rookie), Washington Wizards: Drafted by Cleveland at #20 then dealt to Orlando before being traded to the Wiz. NBA debut will be delayed until at least mid-November due to a thumb injury.

Antawn Jamison (4th year), Golden State Warriors: An established offensive force after posting an NBA 9th-best 24.9 points per game last year.

Michael Jordan (14th year), Washington Wizards: The soon-to-be 39-year-old small forward/superstar returns after a 3-year hiatus. Will MJ still be great? Can he avoid injury? Can he make the Wizards a playoff team? Tune in to TNT, TBS and NBC about 40 times this year to decide for yourself. TBS has the honors for tonight's season opener in New York at 7:30 PM EST.

George Lynch (9th year), Charlotte Hornets: Traded by Philadelphia, where he averaged 8.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season. Lingering left foot injury (broken bone) needs more surgery and Lynch will be unavailable for 2 to 3 months.

Jeff McInnis (5th year), Los Angeles Clippers: All set as the Clips starting point guard after leading the NBA in Assists-to-Turnovers Ratio (3.96) and scoring 12.9 points per game last year. McInnis will be a free agent after this season.

Eric Montross (8th year), Toronto Raptors: Will be the back-up center for Hakeem Olajuwon. Toronto is Eric's 6th NBA team.

Jerry Stackhouse (7th year), Detroit Pistons: Finished 2nd in the NBA in scoring average with 29.8 points per game and led the NBA in field goal attempts (1,927) last year. Turnover rate of 4.08 per game needs to be reduced. Made 65 of 69 free throws (94.2%) during the preseason (I know, the preseason doesn't mean anything, sorry I brought it up).

Rasheed Wallace (7th year), Portland Trail Blazers: The all-star power forward will also play the center position. Provided 19.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game last season in addition to tons of technical fouls. Soft-spoken Maurice Cheeks, the Blazers rookie coach, will try to calm Rasheed down.

Scott Williams (12th year), Denver Nuggets: Acquired from Milwaukee recently to take over for injured Antonio McDyess (knee) at power forward. McDyess is not expected back until February.

Shammond Willams (4th year), Seattle SuperSonics: The 6-1 guard is expected to back-up Gary Payton at the point. Last year put up 6.8 points per game in 18 minutes per game and was 3rd-best in the NBA in 3-point field goal accuracy at 45.9% (61 of 133). Will start the season on the injured list due to a broken left ring finger. Could be ready by mid-November.


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