By the numbers: Tyreke Evans excelling as starter
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
New Orleans (24-37) went 1-3 over the past seven days, for the second time this season winning the final game of a five-game road trip. The Pelicans defeated the Lakers in a 132-125 shootout, after dropping games to the Suns, Clippers and Kings during the seven-day period. Here’s a closer look at some of the numbers related to Pelicans players who’ve been in the rotation this week:
Brian Roberts: 23
Rank among point guards in true shooting percentage (54.2), a statistic that accounts for every shooting category, including three-pointers and free throws. Roberts is tied for 23rd with Memphis’ Mike Conley.
Eric Gordon: 40.1
Three-point percentage for the shooting guard this season, a career high. He was 12-for-21 from beyond the arc during the five-game road trip.
Tyreke Evans: 21.8, 7.8, 7.0
Averages for the small forward in points, rebounds and assists since moving into the starting lineup four games ago. He averaged 12.0, 4.4 and 4.4 in those categories in his 49 games as a reserve. Of course, his minutes are also up from 24.8 as a sub to 40.0 as a first-stringer.
Anthony Davis: 30
Number of 20-point-plus games for the power forward in his second NBA season. As a rookie, he had 10.
Alexis Ajinca: 4
Times in the past 10 games he’s registered double-digit points. Over the previous 98 games of his NBA career, he accomplished the feat a total of six times.
Austin Rivers: 37
Points over the last three games for the backup point guard, his most productive trio of scoring games since December of his rookie year.
Anthony Morrow: 45.5
Three-point percentage for the shooting guard this season, ranking him second in the NBA. Atlanta’s Kyle Korver (47.6) remains in the No. 1 spot, despite Korver seeing his streak of consecutive games with a trey end Wednesday in Portland at 127.
Jeff Withey: 24
Age the center will turn on Friday, when the Pelicans host the Milwaukee Bucks. Even though he’s a rookie, Withey is slightly older than Al-Farouq Aminu and Jrue Holiday.
Greg Stiemsma: 19
Games of playoff experience for the third-year center, all with Boston as a rookie. Stiemsma is one of only four current Pelicans who have appeared in the NBA playoffs. The others – Holiday, Jason Smith and Ryan Anderson – are injured.
Al-Farouq Aminu: 3
Consecutive games coming off the bench for the small forward, the first time he’s done so since late December and early January of the 2012-13 season.