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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have not had much success on the basketball court in the last few seasons. The late 90′s up until 2010 Deacon fans were spoiled with great players, very good teams, and much success. While the success for Wake Forest has been limited the past few seasons, a number of former Demon Deacons have found success in the NBA. Wake Forest has been well-represented in the NBA over the last fifteen years and have produced talent all over the league. The two names that basketball fans everywhere are familiar with are Tim Duncan and Chris Paul. Not only are these two guys two of the best in the league right now, they will go down as two of the best in the history of the sport. Tim Duncan continues to appear ageless as he somehow finds a way to produce at a high level. Every year analysts predict that there will be a dip in Duncan’s production, and every year he proves critics wrong. In what is now his 16th NBA season, Duncan averages 14.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.9 blocks, all while playing an average of just 28.8 minutes per game. This level of production even at age 37 (which is considered ancient for the NBA) has to hint that Duncan still has at least a couple more productive years left in him. Chris Paul has emerged as what most basketball analysts consider the best point guard in the NBA, and could go down as one of the best of all time, right there with Magic Johnson and the other greats. Paul has helped resurrect the once lifeless Los Angeles Clippers, who are now one of the most dangerous teams in the NBA. This season Paul is averaging 19.6 points, 11.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game. Paul is still in search of his first NBA title and could have a season to remember at some point in the near future. He is currently the leader in the MVP race, and if he continues to dominate opponents he could very likely win the award this season. We could discuss the accolades and achievements of Duncan and Paul all day, but some of the other former Demon Deacon stars are quietly finding success around the league as well. Jeff Teague, the point guard on the last Wake Forest team to be ranked #1 overall in the country has emerged as one of the leaders of the Atlanta Hawks, and is having the best season of his career. Teague is averaging 17.0 points, 8.2 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game, and had the first game winning shot in overtime of his career just a week and a half ago. Jeff Teague has emerged as one of the leaders of the Atlanta Hawks. The same night that Teague hit his game winner, James Johnson had two monstrous dunks and both the former teammates at Wake Forest made it into the Sportscenter top 10 plays. Johnson has bounced around the league a fair amount so far in his young career and was playing in the NBA- Development League until the Memphis Grizzlies signed him a few weeks ago. Since being picked up by the Grizzlies, Johnson has been a spark coming off the bench, averaging 9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal and one block in just 23 minutes per game. Although he has only played in seven games this season, he has been a bright spot for the Grizzlies, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they signed him to a nice little two or three year contract at the end of this season. Al-Farouq Aminu remains the highest-ranked recruit the Demon Deacons have ever had coming out of high school, and although many Demon Deacon fans (including myself) thought it was a mistake for him to leave Wake Forest for the NBA after only two seasons, he has become a solid starting role player for the New Orleans Pelicans. As the starting small forward, Aminu averages 7.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game for one of the most exciting young teams in the NBA. Last but not least, Ish Smith has been able to contribute some critical minutes as a backup point guard in his years since Wake Forest. Smith was a fan favorite at Wake Forest and was the unquestioned leader of the team during the four years he was there. Smith is currently the back up point guard for what has emerged as one of the top guard combo’s in the league in Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic for the Phoenix Suns. In 18 games this season, Smith is playing 10.5 minutes per game and averaging 2.7 points, 1.8 assists, and 1.2 rebounds. It has been three years since Wake Forest produced an NBA player, but it seems like much longer than that. Although there are schools that have produced more current NBA players, the talent level that Wake Forest has produced is as good as any. Moreover, with six former Wake Forest players currently playing in the NBA, the only ACC schools with more are North Carolina, Duke, and Georgia Tech. Hopefully Jeff Bzdelik and Wake Forest can continue to produce quality basketball players and help them find success in the NBA.

Los Angeles Clippers get the win: lose Chris Paul

Blake Griffin and Darren Collison scramble for a loose ball in the Clippers 119-112 win over the Dallas Mavericks (photo credit Chris Paul went down in the 2009 season which saw a rookie from UCLA fill in for the fallen all star, and do so quite brilliantly. Close to 5 years later, Darren Collison will be called upon once again to replace Chris Paul as CP3 has gone done...

Chris Paul separates shoulder, expected to be out 3-5 weeks

All-Star point guard Chris Paul suffered a separated right shoulder Friday night during the third quarter of the Clippers' 119-112 victory over the Mavericks in Dallas and is expected to be out three to five weeks, Coach Doc Rivers said. The Clippers said Paul will be with them in San Antonio for Saturday night's game and will return to Los Angeles with the team after the...

Clippers' Chris Paul Suffers Right Shoulder Sprain

The Los Angeles Clippers lost Chris Paul for at least a couple of games when he left the game early Friday night with a sprained right shoulder. Paul left the game during the third quarter and did not return. He was coming off a screen and fell awkwardly. After staying on the floor for a brief period of time, he walked off into the locker room with Clippers' trainer Jason Powell...

Chris Paul Out 3-5 Weeks

The Los Angeles Clippers will be without All-Star point guard Chris Paul for 3-5 weeks as he suffered a separated shoulder Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks.This is a major blow to all CP3 fantasy owners but thankfully it's not a season ending injury. Clearly the guy you want to go out and get is backup Darren Collison as he'll step in and be the starter for as...

Chris Paul Separates Shoulder; Out 3-5 Weeks

The Los Angeles Clippers may have defeated the Dallas Mavericks tonight, but it wasn’t all smiles for LA. Superstar point guard Chris Paul separated his right shoulder during the game and will miss 3-5 weeks. The injury occurred in the third quarter when Paul was fouled while driving to the lane by Monte Ellis. Paul is the best point guard in the league and the leader of this Clippers...

Chris Paul Expected to Miss 3-5 Weeks with Shoulder Injury

Clipper’s PG Chris Paul was knocked out of Friday’s game against Dallas with a separated right shoulder. The injury accorded with 6:43 remaining in the third quarter. Paul fell hard to the court after he was fouled by Mavericks guard Monta Ellis. Following the 119-112 road victor Doc Rivers told reporters that Paul would be expected to miss three-to-five weeks with the shoulder...

Chris Paul (shoulder) out 3-5 weeks

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul is expected to miss at least three to five weeks with a separated right shoulder suffered during Friday night's 119-112 win against the Dallas Mavericks. Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the injury to the shoulder on the star's shooting arm was a separation. Earlier, the team had announced that it it was a sprain. Paul left the...

Chris Paul Leaves Game With Shoulder Injury

Chris Paul was taken to the locker room after injuring his right should in tonight’s game. We will keep you updated as more information comes out. Chris Paul has a sprained right shoulder and will not return tonight in Dallas, Clippers say — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 4, 2014

Chris Paul out three to five weeks with shoulder injury; Darren Collison is a must-add player

Chris Paul is out at least a month (image: Keith Allison).Chris Paul will miss the next three to five weeks with a separated right shoulder, according to ESPN. CP3 suffered the injury after colliding with Monta Ellis in the third quarter of the Clippers' 119-112 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.Paul went to the locker room and never returned. His night ended with 19 points ...

Chris Paul Sprains Shoulder; Out 3-5 Weeks

Los Angeles, CA — On Friday night, the Clippers all-star point-guard, Chris Paul suffered a sprained shoulder. After further examination, it was revealed that Chris Paul would have to be sidelined 3-5 weeks. Doc Rivers estimates @cp3 will be out 3-5 weeks with shoulder injury — Los Angeles Clippers (@LAClippers) January 4, 2014 The loss is brutal no matter how you put it, and...

Report: Chris Paul Out 3-5 Weeks with Shoulder Injury

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says Chris Paul will miss 3-5 weeks worth of NBA action due to a separated shoulder, reports the Associated Press. With 6:34 left in the third quarter, Paul and the training staff walked to the locker room in a rage, throwing his mouth guard to the ground. Doc Rivers commented on the injury to his floor general after the game, per Rodney Fisher...

Chris Paul Leaves Game With Sprained Shoulder (Video)

Chris Paul was forced to leave Friday’s game against the Mavericks after tripping over Monta Ellis and falling on his right shoulder. The Clippers announced that he would not return with a sprained right shoulder. The post Chris Paul Leaves Game With Sprained Shoulder (Video) appeared first on Beyond The Buzzer.

Chris Paul out 3-5 weeks

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul is the latest NBA superstar to flame out with an injury. Paul joins Lakers enigma Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose as two of the sport’s highest flyers to be grounded by mortality. Please click here to read this story. The post Chris Paul out 3-5 weeks appeared first on Players View.

Clippers rally past Mavs 119-112 after Paul leaves

DALLAS (AP) -- DeAndre Jordan scored a career-high 25 points to match Blake Griffin, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied to beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-112 Friday night after Chris Paul left with a shoulder injury. Jordan and Griffin combined for 10 points on a 16-2 game-closing run to wipe out a 110-103 deficit in the final 4 minutes. Jordan was 11 of 14 from the field and had...

Report: Clippers Are More Attractive Than Lakers For Carmelo

It was reported earlier that Carmelo Anthony is thinking about teaming up with Derrick Rose in Chicago. It was also mentioned that Los Angeles was a possible destination for the reigning scoring champion. Most people automatically translated Los Angeles as the Lakers, but reports say Carmelo is more intrigued with the possibility of playing alongside buddy Chris Paul. The source...
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