By the numbers: Tyreke Evans heats up at foul line
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
New Orleans went 1-3 over the past seven days, winning at Boston before dropping three straight to Indiana, Miami and Washington. The Pelicans are now 15-19, tied for 11th place in the Western Conference with Memphis, four games behind Dallas (20-16). Here’s a closer look at some of the numbers related to Pelicans players this week:
Brian Roberts: 3.0
Assist-to-turnover ratio for the point guard, tops on the Pelicans (unless you count Darius Miller’s total of seven assists and one turnover in his 11 appearances).
Eric Gordon: 31
Number of games played by the shooting guard out of 34, putting him on pace to play 74 games this season, which would be his most appearances since 2007-08, his rookie campaign.
Al-Farouq Aminu: 20
Rebounds for the small forward in each of the last two New Orleans games against Dallas, including the 2012-13 season finale at the American Airlines Arena.
Anthony Davis: 6
Rank among all NBA players in John Hollinger’s Player Efficiency Rating (26.25). The quintet ahead of Davis includes Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Chris Paul and DeMarcus Cousins.
Alexis Ajinca: 10
Career NBA starts for the 7-foot-2 center, four of which have come for the Pelicans since Jan. 1. He’s set career highs in points (17) and rebounds (11) since joining New Orleans on Dec. 20.
Tyreke Evans: 90.8
Percentage from the foul line for the wing player since Dec. 2. After starting this season poorly at the charity stripe, Evans has made 69 of his last 76 attempts.
Jason Smith: 11-13
New Orleans’ record in the 24 games Smith has started this season. The Pelicans are 0-3 when Smith comes off the bench, all since Dec. 28.
Greg Stiemsma: 22
Total points scored by the center in recent games vs. Boston (12) and Washington (10). In Stiemsma’s other dozen appearances this season, he’s tallied a combined 16 points.