Five things to know about Quincy Pondexter
1) The five-year pro is the only current member of the New Orleans roster who has appeared in the NBA playoffs with the franchise. During his rookie season of 2010-11, Pondexter played in 66 regular season games and three postseason contests vs. the Los Angeles Lakers.
2) He helps fill a positional need for the Pelicans at small forward. According to Basketball-Reference.com, 70 percent of his career minutes have come at the “three” position, with 27 percent at shooting guard and three percent at power forward.
3) New Orleans didn’t want to see him go in December 2011 when it traded Pondexter to Memphis, but the then-Hornets desperately needed a point guard at the time and landed Greivis Vasquez in the deal. Monty Williams often described the trade as one that benefited both teams – Pondexter became a valued reserve for Memphis, while Vasquez was runner-up in the NBA’s 2012-13 Most Improved Player voting for New Orleans.
4) Pondexter’s teams have appeared in the playoffs every year of his career, though he sat out the 2014 postseason individually due to injury. During Memphis’ run to the 2013 Western Conference finals, Pondexter was one of the Grizzlies’ most effective players. He had games of 17, 15 and 22 points in the West finals against the Spurs, a 4-0 defeat. He averaged 15.3 points in that series and was 12-for-25 from three-point range.
5) Pondexter is the nephew of former NBA player Cliff Pondexter. His father, Roscoe Pondexter, was a third-round pick of the Boston Celtics and played pro basketball overseas. Quincy was a high school teammate of Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez in Fresno, Calif.