By the numbers: Anthony Davis' scoring spikes
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Since we last checked in a week ago, New Orleans (15-23) dropped a pair of games to Dallas, followed by losses to San Antonio and Houston. Of the latter three defeats, however, the Pelicans lost by a combined total of just 12 points, including 110-107 at Dallas and 103-100 vs. Houston. New Orleans is in 12th place in the Western Conference. Here’s a closer look at some of the numbers related to Pelicans players this week:
Brian Roberts: 13
The point guard’s rank among NBA players in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.86), if he had enough time on the floor to qualify for the league leaders. Roberts’ ratio places him just behind Utah rookie Trey Burke (2.94) and Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio (2.92) and just ahead of Denver’s Ty Lawson (2.75).
Eric Gordon: 23.5
Scoring average for the shooting guard over the past four games, a stretch that has coincided with the injury absences of Ryan Anderson and the team’s first-string point guard, Jrue Holiday. Gordon’s 35 points vs. Houston were the most he’s tallied over the 86 games he’s played in a New Orleans uniform.
Al-Farouq Aminu: 8.4
Rebounding average for the small forward in home games, which oddly is nearly three boards per contest higher than his average on the road (5.5). Of Aminu’s top four rebounding games of 2013-14, all of them have come in the New Orleans Arena (vs. Dallas, Portland, Detroit and San Antonio).
Anthony Davis: 6
Consecutive games of 20-plus points for the power forward, by far the best scoring stretch of his brief two-year career. His longest previous streak of 20-point games was three, set twice earlier in 2013-14. As a rookie, he only had two straight 20-point games in one instance.
Jason Smith: 830
Minutes played already this season by the 7-foot center. With 44 games remaining in the regular season for the Pelicans, Smith is approaching his career-most playing time of 1,102 minutes, which was set during his 2010-11 debut campaign with New Orleans.
Austin Rivers: 4
Consecutive games in which the combo guard has played at least 20 minutes. Prior to this recent four-game stretch, he had reached 20 minutes only twice the entire season (Jan. 15-17 at Denver and at Golden State).
Alexis Ajinca: 63.6
Shooting percentage for the 7-foot-2 center over the past seven games (14-for-22 from the field). The in-season pickup has given New Orleans some much-needed interior scoring, while also occasionally taking and making mid-range jumpers.
Darius Miller: 39.5
Career three-point shooting percentage for the second-year small forward. Although it’s in a much smaller sample size (30-for-76) than many of his teammates, Miller’s career rate is second-best on the Pelicans. Anthony Morrow’s 42.5 career percentage is No. 1 on the club.
Greg Stiemsma: 4
Offensive rebounds for the 6-foot-11 center in Wednesday’s game vs. Houston, one shy of his career high. Stiemsma also had four offensive boards in the Oct. 30 opener vs. Indiana.
Anthony Morrow: 9
Rank among all NBA players in three-point shooting percentage (43.8) this season. Following Eric Gordon’s six-trey barrage Wednesday against the Rockets, Gordon now ranks 18th in the league at 41.9. Ryan Anderson (40.9) is 32nd.