By the numbers: Anthony Davis fifth in PER
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
New Orleans went 1-2 over the past week, sandwiching home losses to Golden State and Sacramento around a dramatic win at Memphis on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Pelicans are 16-25 and in 12th place in the Western Conference. Here’s a closer look at some of the numbers related to Pelicans players who have been healthy and on the court this week:
Brian Roberts: 46.5, 45.5
Shooting percentages for the point guard from the field and three-point range, respectively, since taking over as the starter due to Jrue Holiday’s shin injury. In 27 games as a reserve, he shot 39.6 and 35.4 percent in those categories.
Eric Gordon: 17.4
Scoring average in home games for the shooting guard, which is 2.8 points per game more than his average on the road of 14.6. Gordon has scored 21 more total points this season in the New Orleans Arena than in away games, despite two fewer appearances.
Al-Farouq Aminu: 54.6
The small forward’s shooting percentage this season from the area in the paint closest to the basket, including at the rim (89-for-163). From all other areas of the floor, he is a combined 33-for-100.
Anthony Davis: 5
Rank among all NBA players in PER (26.52). The only players ahead of Davis in the John Hollinger-created statistic are Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Kevin Love. Davis had eight straight 20-point-plus games before his 16-point game vs. Sacramento on Tuesday.
Greg Stiemsma: 6.6
Fouls per 36 minutes for the center, making it difficult to keep him on the floor at times. His per-36 rate as a rookie with Boston was actually higher, at 6.8, but his backup role meant the Celtics didn’t have to worry about fouls. It dropped to 5.5 last season with Minnesota.
Tyreke Evans: 21.0
Scoring average in two games against his former team, Sacramento, this season. The only opponent Evans has tallied more points per game against in 2013-14 is New York. He scored 24 points vs. the Knicks on Dec. 1.
Austin Rivers: 80
Total field-goal attempts for Rivers from the area in the paint closest to the basket. That represents a 57 percent chunk of his 141 total shot attempts. By comparison, fellow reserve guard Anthony Morrow has taken just 31 of his 166 shots from that portion of the floor (19 percent of Morrow’s attempts).
Alexis Ajinca: 13.6
Player efficiency rating (PER) for the 7-foot-2 center, which would rank him 39th among NBA centers if he had enough playing time on the season to qualify.
Jeff Withey: 56
Total minutes played by the 7-foot center over the past three games, capped by his 14-point outing vs. Sacramento. Withey played a total of 97 minutes in the team’s first 38 contests.