By the numbers: Davis, Roberts closing in on statistical crowns
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
After a five-game winning streak that featured wins over Miami, Brooklyn and the Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans (32-43) has dropped three straight games, losing to San Antonio, Sacramento and Denver. A statistical look at the Pelicans:
Brian Roberts: 11
Made free throws needed by the point guard over the final seven games to qualify for the NBA foul-shooting title. The point guard has gone 114-for-120 (95 percent) from the charity stripe this season, but the minimum to be considered for the percentage NBA championship is 125 makes. The current No. 1 spot is held by Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki, at 90.4 percent.
Tyreke Evans: 1
Percentage of his minutes this season that Evans has played at point guard, according to Basketball-Reference.com. He’s also played 73 percent of his minutes at small forward, 24 at shooting guard and 2 at power forward. Prior to 2013-14, he’d never played more than 38 percent of his minutes in a season at small forward.
Al-Farouq Aminu: 41
Dunks this season for the small forward, down from the 80 he had with New Orleans in 2012-13. Aminu’s alley-oop slams have dropped after often converting on that play with Greivis Vasquez last season.
Anthony Davis: 2.83
League-leading blocks per game average by the second-year pro. Davis is 0.19 blocks per game ahead of runner-up Serge Ibaka (2.62) of Oklahoma City. If Davis maintains his 2.83 pace, Ibaka would have to block 39 shots in the Thunder’s final eight games to surpass him.
Greg Stiemsma: 63.5
The percentage of the center’s attempts from the field this season that have taken place from within three feet of the rim. Stiemsma has played much closer to the basket this season – in his previous two seasons, only 46 and 36 percent of his tries were from that point-blank range.
Anthony Morrow: 6
Rank among all NBA players in three-point percentage this season. Morrow’s 45.0 rate trails Kyle Korver (48.3), Pablo Prigioni, Jordan Farmar, Jose Calderon and Mike Miller.
Alexis Ajinca: 829
Minutes for the 7-foot-2 center this season for New Orleans, more than doubling his entire career total from three previous seasons. Ajinca had never played more than 340 minutes in an NBA season.
Austin Rivers: 55.4
Field-goal percentage this season when shooting from within three feet of the basket. Rivers has significantly improved his finishing ability around the rim in his second NBA season, after converting on just 48.8 of his shots as a rookie from the same area.
Darius Miller: 3
Number of times since March 26 that the forward has scored at least nine points in a game. That represents half of the six times he’s done it in all of 2013-14.
Jeff Withey: 2.4
Blocks per 36 minutes for the rookie center, second on the Pelicans to only Davis (2.9). Withey has totaled nine blocks in the last two games.
Luke Babbitt: 100
Percentage of his three-point makes this season that have been assisted by another player, making Babbitt the epitome of a catch-and-shoot perimeter marksman.