A look at the NBA's Brooklyn natives as regular season enters final week

As the NBA regular season nears its end, it has been an up-and-down season for the Brooklyn natives in the league.

News 12 Staff

Apr 3, 2019, 3:01 AM

Updated 1,837 days ago

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A look at the NBA's Brooklyn natives as regular season enters final week
As the NBA regular season nears its end, it has been an up-and-down season for the Brooklyn natives in the league.
Former Knick and future Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony signed with the Houston Rockets amidst great fanfare in the offseason. But that experiment ended after 10 games, with Anthony averaging a career-low of 13.4 points per game, and no other NBA team signed him.
If that was last of Anthony in the NBA, he will finish his 16-year career with 25,551 points, which is currently the 19th most in NBA history.
Taj Gibson, who starred at the High School of Telecommunication Art and Technology, is wrapping up his 10th NBA season. The 33-year-old is still productive, starting 57 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Gibson, who wears No. 67 because he attended P.S. 67 in Fort Greene, is averaging 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds. 
Coney Island's Lance Stephenson joined forces with his former nemesis Lebron James. While the season was entertaining, it did not lead the Los Angeles Lakers back to the playoffs. Stephenson, New York City's all-time leading high school scorer, is averaging 7.2 points in 66 games.
It's been a bounce-back year for former Poly Prep star Joakim Noah. After being jettisoned by the Knicks following two disappointing and suspension-plagued seasons, the former NBA Defensive Player of the Year has averaged seven points and nearly six rebounds in 42 games for Memphis.
Brooklyn native Lance Thomas took on a greater leadership role with the youngest team in the NBA, serving as captain of the Knicks. The longest-tenured member, now in his fifth season, is averaging 4.3 points in 44 games.
Rawle Alkins, who starred at Christ The King, has spent most of the season in the G League, but has scored 12 points in six games for the Bulls.
Coney Island's Isaiah Whitehead starting the season in Russia, Whitehead came back to the U.S. in January and signed a contract with the Detroit Pistons. He has only appeared in the G League this season as he awaits his opportunity in the NBA.
 


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