By the numbers: Anthony Davis leads NBA in blocks
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
New Orleans (23-34) dropped each of its four games over the past week, losing in the final minute on the road at Charlotte and Washington, followed by double-digit defeats to the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas. Here’s a closer look at some of the numbers related to Pelicans players who have been on the court this week:
Brian Roberts: 45.4, 44.1
Shooting percentage on field goals and three-pointers, respectively, since moving into the Pelicans’ starting lineup, replacing the injured Jrue Holiday. In an example of how playing time can sometimes benefit a player, as a reserve Roberts shot 39.6 and 35.4 in those categories.
Eric Gordon: 38.9
Three-point percentage for the shooting guard this season, tying his career high for a single season. He shot 50 percent from beyond the arc last week, at 8-for-16.
Al-Farouq Aminu: 56
Games played this season by the starting small forward out of 57. Aminu has been one of the few Pelicans to avoid injuries throughout all of 2013-14. He had one DNP due to coach’s decision, on Nov. 29 at Philadelphia.
Anthony Davis: 3.02
Blocked shots per game for the second-year power forward, ranking him No. 1 in the league. He followed up a rare 0-block game at Washington with two apiece vs. the Clippers and Dallas.
Greg Stiemsma: 16.7
Average minutes per game in his seven starts, which is actually fewer than the 17.3 he averages when comes off the bench. Monty Williams often doles out minutes to the center who is playing well on a given night, whether it’s Stiemsma or Alexis Ajinca.
Tyreke Evans: 0
Number of starts this season for the wing scorer. Evans is the only Pelican among the team’s nine leading scorers who has not drawn a starting assignment. Second-unit duty for Evans was Williams’ plan dating all the way back to the player’s July free-agent signing.
Alexis Ajinca: 113
The center’s offensive rating when he comes off the bench this season (113 points per 100 possessions when he's in the game), which is drastically better than his 91 rating as a starter. Defensively, the Pelicans are roughly the same with Ajinca in the two roles, at 107 as a starter and a slightly worse 110 as a sub.
Anthony Morrow: 2
The guard’s ranking in three-point percentage among all NBA players entering Thursday’s slate of games. Morrow is shooting 47.4 percent, a tick below Kyle Korver’s 47.5 rate. Korver aided his cause tremendously by going 4-for-5 at Boston on Wednesday.
Luke Babbitt: 69.4
Percentage of his shot attempts that have come from beyond three-point range this season. That is the highest chunk of any Pelicans player. Next in line are Darius Miller (57.6), Ryan Anderson (46.3) and Morrow (41.3).
Austin Rivers: 13.8
Points per-36 minutes for the guard this season, demonstrating his significantly increased aggressiveness from his rookie campaign, when he was at just 9.6 in the statistic.