By the numbers: Jrue Holiday 4th in NBA in assists
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
New Orleans went 1-3 over the past seven days, defeating Southwest Division counterpart Memphis last Friday before starting a Western Conference road trip with consecutive losses to Denver, Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Pelicans dropped one spot since last week to 12th in the rugged West, with an 11-13 record entering pre-Christmas games at Portland and Sacramento. Here’s a look at some of the telling numbers related to Pelicans players this week:
Jrue Holiday: 8.1
Average assists per game for the point guard, the highest output of his five-year NBA career. The former Philadelphia 76ers All-Star often said during the offseason that he expected to become more of a distributor with New Orleans, due to being surrounded by numerous potent scorers. He’s fourth in the NBA in assists, behind only Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and John Wall.
Eric Gordon: 24
Games the shooting guard has played this regular season, out of 24. His career high for games played in a season is 78, set as a Los Angeles Clippers rookie in 2008-09.
Al-Farouq Aminu: 73.2
Career percentage from the foul line in the NBA for the small forward, making his rate of 53.7 early in 2013-14 very uncharacteristic. His percentage dipped recently due to a pair of 1-for-4 road games, at Chicago and Denver.
Anthony Davis: 6
The amount of 20-point, 10-rebound games authored by the 6-foot-10 power forward this season, after he posted 24 and 12 against the Clippers on Wednesday. He also had six 20-10 games as a rookie, but that was over 64 total appearances.
Jason Smith: 197
Number of minutes Smith needs to play to equal his total for all of last season. The center has already logged 679 minutes, after 876 in 2012-13. Based on his 2013-14 average of 28.3, it will only take him seven more games to do so.
Ryan Anderson: 21.4
Scoring average this season for the power forward, leading the Pelicans. Anderson is also putting up 17.0 shots per game and logging 36.1 minutes, also career highs.
Tyreke Evans: 2
NBA triple-doubles for the fifth-year swingman, after he collected his first as a Pelican on Wednesday at the Clippers. It was the 17th time Evans has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in a game in the league, as well as the 13th time he’s had double-digit assists.
Anthony Morrow: 55.6
Percentage from beyond the three-point arc during the Pelicans’ road trip. After a cool start to December, the perimeter marksman is 5-for-9, including 5-for-6 during the back-to-back at Golden State and the L.A. Clippers.
Austin Rivers: 10.0
Points per game on the current road trip, through three contests. In Rivers’ first 14 appearances prior to this stretch, he had averaged 2.9 points in limited duty.