By the numbers: Anthony Davis youngest '14 All-Star
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
New Orleans (23-29) split its four games over the past week, defeating Minnesota on ESPN’s national airwaves Friday, before going 1-2 on an Eastern Conference road trip. The Pelicans headed into the All-Star break on a positive note, defeating Milwaukee after dropping games at Brooklyn and Toronto. 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: 5
Consecutive double-digit scoring games for the point guard. He’s averaged 16.4 points over that five-game stretch, the best offensive span of his two-year NBA career. He shot 48.4 percent from the field in that handful of games.
Eric Gordon: 100
Total career games for the shooting guard in a New Orleans uniform. Gordon scored 21 points in his 100th NOLA game Wednesday, leading the Pelicans to a win over Milwaukee.
Al-Farouq Aminu: 51
Team-leading games played this season by the small forward, out of 52 possible. The only teammates who are close are Eric Gordon (49) and Anthony Morrow (47).
Anthony Davis: 20
The power forward’s age, making him the youngest 2014 NBA All-Star. The second-youngest All-Star is 21-year-old Kyrie Irving. Both players will celebrate a birthday in March, with Davis turning 21 on March 11 and Irving turning 22 a dozen days later.
Alexis Ajinca: 7
Made baskets for the center in seven attempts Wednesday at Milwaukee. The perfect night from the field for the native of France is part of a hot February in which he’s gone 20-for-27.
Tyreke Evans: 180
Baskets scored by the sixth man in the paint below the dotted line this season, out of 204 field goals, according to NBA.com. He has no more than five makes from any of the other 14 shooting zones measured by NBA.com.
Anthony Morrow: 66.7
Three-point percentage in February for the sharpshooting sub (10-for-15). His red-hot stretch has him ranked second in the league in percentage (48.0), this week trailing only Sacramento’s Jimmer Fredette (49.3).
Greg Stiemsma: 83.3
Shooting percentage from the field for the backup center in the 12 wins the Pelicans have recorded with him in uniform this season. He shoots about half as well in losses, at just 41.2 percent in 18 defeats.
Luke Babbitt: 85
Total minutes played over the past four games by the recent free-agent signee. Babbitt has jumped right into that the rotation for Monty Williams, highlighted by 6-for-15 three-point shooting.