The Pelican Blog

Five things to know on Day 4 in Las Vegas


NBA Summer League 20131) It’s not often that an NBA team executes a handful of transactions in a single day, but that was the case for the Pelicans on Wednesday. On the first possible day to do so, New Orleans officially added three new players and announced the re-signing of small forward Al-Farouq Aminu. Counting Aminu’s return there are now eight players on the club’s roster who played for NOLA in 2012-13. The others are Ryan Anderson, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Darius Miller, Austin Rivers, Brian Roberts and Jason Smith.

2) The most well-known name to officially come into the fold Wednesday was Tyreke Evans. Evans is only 23, adding to New Orleans’ large contingent of talented under-25 players. The team will hold Evans' introductory press conference on Thursday at 12 p.m.

3) Pelicans free-agent signee Greg Stiemsma is one of the NBA’s top shot blockers. In 2012-13 with Minnesota, he ranked sixth in the league in blocks per 48 minutes, at 3.57. The five players ahead of him on that list are widely recognized for their love of rejection – JaVale McGee, Larry Sanders, Serge Ibaka, Roy Hibbert and Tim Duncan. As a rookie with Boston in 2011-12, Stiemsma was second in that statistic, behind only Ibaka.

4) Rookie center Jeff Withey spoke with in Las Vegas about his eagerness to commence his NBA career. Check out Withey’s video and details on the 7-foot-1 Kansas product’s connections to New Orleans.

5) Random fact you can cite to impress your friends (or make them think you might have too much free time): Of the four players New Orleans added or re-signed on Wednesday, three of them celebrate birthdays within the same week of late September. Evans was born on 9/19/1989, almost exactly one year before Aminu on 9/21/1990. Stiemsma entered the world on 9/26/1985.