I hadn't seen one of these updates anywhere in a while, so I figured I'd put one together. I know most of RCT doesn't seem to be into the NBA much, so I put up some stats and a brief synopsis of each player's season and career to date...
Cole Aldrich (OKC) - (1.1 ppg, 2.7rpg, .5bpg in 9.9 minutes per game) Aldrich has been up and down from the D-League this season. That's not uncommon for rookie centers, as big men tend to have the longest learning curve of anyone at the pro level. The Thunder recently traded for Kendrick Perkins, which probably wasn't a big boost to Cole's confidence. Perkins is a defensive specialist who rebounds well and blocks shots, which is identical to Aldrich's profile. The fact that OKC promptly signed Perkins to an extension says they don't expect Cole to be a starter any time soon.
Darrell Arthur (MEM) - (9ppg, 4.2 rpg, .6bpg in 20.2 minutes per game) Memphis is improving and so is Arthur. Again, it takes a while for most big men to start putting up numbers in the League, and Shady is slowly coming around. For the season his numbers are mediocre, but in the last 10 games he averages 11.7ppg, 4.9 rpg, and 1.3 bpg, suggesting that Darrell Arthur is finally finding his stride at the next level.
Mario Chalmers (MIA) - (6.7ppg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg in 20.2 minutes per game) Chalmers is the starting point guard for the Heat, which is a role in name only. Wade and LeBron typically take the ball down the court for Miami, so Chalmers' role is just to play good defense and hit the occasional open three (at a solid 35% clip). Super Mario may just find himself with another ring at the end of this season.
Sherron Collins (Free Agent) - (.9ppg, .4apg, .1spg in 3.3 minutes per game) Sherron was waived by Charlotte at the trade deadline to clear roster space, but I included him because he has appeared in games at the NBA level this season. He spent most of his time with Charlotte in the D-League, and as you can see from his numbers, didn't see NBA time outside of blowouts and mop-up duty. Collins likely has an uphill climb ahead if he wants to be known as an NBA player.
Nick Collison (OKC) - (4.1ppg, 4.3rpg, .5bpg in 20.8 minutes per game) Collison's numbers and playing time have declined over the past few seasons. At one point he was a regular starter, average almost a double-double per game in '08. But as the Thunder have developed better talent, Collison's playing time has waned and is now viewed as a guy who can give you some solid minutes off the bench, and not much more.
Drew Gooden (MIL) - (10.8ppg, 6.5rpg, .4bpg in 23.6 minutes per game) Gooden has missed a large chunk of the season due to a problem with his foot. His numbers are slightly down this year, but a lot of that has to do with the nagging injury. When healthy, Gooden continues to be a solid big man at the pro level.
Xavier Henry (MEM) - (4.3ppg, 1rpg, .5apg in 13.9 minutes per game) Henry is sidelined with a knee injury at the moment, and Memphis hopes to have him back by playoff time. Don't let the poor numbers fool you, as the knee injury hurt Henry's PT and production quite a bit before the Grizzlies shut him down. At one point, X was taking a lot of minutes away from OJ Mayo, and with 16 starts as a rookie looked poised to take Mayo's job. If he stays healthy, it would seem that Xavier is on his way to a productive NBA career.
Kirk Hinrich (ATL) - (10.8ppg, 4.2apg, 1.1spg in 30.4 minutes per game) Hinrich continues to be a respected defender and solid offensive contributor at the NBA level. Traded from Washington to Atlanta at the deadline last month, Kirk looks to finish the season as a starter with a playoff-quality team.
Darnell Jackson (SAC) - (3.3ppg, 1.8rpg in 9.4 minutes per game) We all love D-Block and his story, but it's probably time to accept that he will never much of a contributor at this level. Sacramento is awful, and Jackson still continues to struggle to find minutes with them. I'll continue to root for him, but I wouldn't be surprised to see DJ in Europe if he gets cut at the end of the year.
Paul Pierce (BOS) - (18.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.2apg, 1.1spg in 34.8 minutes per game) I don't think I need to say much about Pierce. An All-Star yet again this year, he came close to winning a second straight 3 point shootout over All-Star weekend. Pierce will likely be a Hall of Famer when all is said and done.
Brandon Rush (IND) - (10ppg, 3.5rpg, 1apg in 27.8 minutes per game) Rush has been slowed by an ankle this season, but these numbers are pretty much on track with his first couple of years. When healthy, Rush is a starter and solid all-around player for the Pacers. He's not on pace to become an All-Star at this point, but all signs point to him having a long, respectable career.
Julian Wright (TOR) - (3.7ppg, 2.4rpg in 14.8 minutes per game) Through nearly four years in the league, Julian Wright has shown virtually no increase in playing time or production. A lottery pick with New Orleans in '07, Wright never developed the jump shot we all wished he had at KU, and as a result has never developed a spot in the NBA. His lack of perimeter game prevents him from playing on the wing, but he's never been a natural post player either. I would be surprised if he ever becomes more than an 8th or 9th man in the League.