By the numbers: Anthony Davis leads NBA in blocks
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
New Orleans went 1-1 since we last checked in on Pelicans.com, losing a hard-fought Saturday game in Portland prior to beating Sacramento on Monday. The Pelicans are 12-14, remaining in the same 11th-place spot in which they resided one week ago. New Orleans is percentage points behind 10th-place Minnesota (13-15) and three games out of eighth place, where Golden State is 17-13. Here’s a look at some of the telling numbers related to Pelicans players this week:
Jrue Holiday: 40.3
Three-point percentage for the point guard, the highest rate of his NBA career. He has made three-plus treys in four games this season, all since Nov. 26.
Eric Gordon: 9-3
Pelicans’ record this season when the shooting guard has a positive plus-minus ratio. New Orleans is just 3-11 in other games.
Al-Farouq Aminu: 49.7
Field-goal percentage for the small forward in 2013-14, tops of his four-year pro career. According to NBA.com/Stats, Aminu is shooting 59.4 percent within the restricted area (57-for-96), but is a combined 18-for-55 from all other spots on the floor.
Ryan Anderson: 3.3
Three-point makes per game for the power forward, tying him with Golden State’s Stephen Curry for the league lead. Anderson is just 16th in the NBA in total treys (56) due to missing nine games to injury at the beginning of the regular season.
Anthony Davis: 1
Rank among all NBA players in blocked shots per game (3.16). Davis had trailed Indiana’s Roy Hibbert for much of the regular season, but Hibbert (2.75) has cooled off a bit in the rejection category recently, enabling Davis to move into the top spot.
Tyreke Evans: 3
Times in Evans’ five-year NBA career that he’s registered at least 25 points and 12 assists in the same game. Monday’s 25-and-12 performance in the win at Sacramento was the first time Evans had done so since the 2010-11 season.
Anthony Morrow: 4
Rank for Morrow among all NBA players in three-point shooting percentage. The first-year Pelican’s rate of 46.7 trails only Atlanta’s Kyle Korver, San Antonio’s Marco Belinelli and Dallas’ Jose Calderon.
Alexis Ajinca: 17.4
Albeit in an extremely small sample size, rebounds he’s averaging per 36 minutes so far with the Pelicans. He has 15 boards in the 31 minutes he’s logged.
Brian Roberts: 24
Consecutive made free throws by the backup point guard, a streak that dates to April of last season. He has not taken enough free throws to qualify for the league lead in percentage this season, but among players who have not missed in 2013-14, he has the most makes (16).