Quite a few former Big 12 players were on display Christmas Day as the NBA scheduled some interesting matchups. Unfortunately it was a mixed bag as some of the performances were off the charts while another former Big 12 star did not make it off the bench and received the dreaded - DNP Coach's Decision. Below is a list of quite a few Big 12 players who had to delay opening their presents and play basketball yesterday.
Kevin Durant - Oklahoma City Thunder - While Durant seemingly always has a good day at the office the former Texas Longhorn went off on Christmas Day. He scored 44 points on 14-20 shooting overall with 4-7 being from behind the arc. Also mixed in were 7 rebounds in helping lead the Thunder over the visting Denver Nuggets.
Chauncey Billups - Denver Nuggets - Speaking of this game, Billups did his part to help Denver stay close. The former CU Buff finished up with 30 points on 10-16 shooting but he only had 3 assists in the game.
Ekpe Udoh - Golden State Warriors - The Baylor Bear has not lit the NBA on fire upon returning from injury but he is back and getting some solid minutes in the rotation. In 16 minutes of action yesterday in the Warriors 109-102 win over the Blazers, Udoh finished with 4 points and 3 blocks.
Acie Law - Golden State Warriors - The former clutch Aggie did not have a good game against the Blazers. Law only got 5 minutes of game time and his only statistic was 1 assist. So nothing he did was negative but not too many positives either.
Nick Collison - Oklahoma City Thunder - Another guy who did not have a great game on Christmas was Collison. The former KU Jayhawk has turned into a steady and highly compensated NBA player but yesterday in only 13 minutes of game time he did not score as he went 0-3 from the floor.
Bill Walker - New York Knicks - This former K-State Wildcat registered another DNP Coach's Decision, something Walker has probably gotten use to this season.
Avery Bradley - Boston Celtics - Even with Rajon Rondo out, Bradley did not get many minutes yesterday against the Orlando Magic. The former Longhorn only played 5 minutes and did not score, he did finish with 1 rebound and 2 personal fouls though.
Mario Chalmers - Miami Heat - While he did not have a great game, Chalmers was solid in the Heat's destruction over Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. He finished with 13 points on 4-11 shooting.