Pelicans Have More Support for Anthony Davis This Year
The New Orleans Pelicans did something on Wednesday night that hadn't been done in many, many seasons against the Spurs in San Antonio. They erased a 15+ point deficit in the 2nd half and came back to defeat the Spurs, at their house 121-116.
Anthony Davis collected a double-double, he poured in 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in which he lead the team in both categories.
There's no question who the leader of this team is and has been for the past few seasons as AD has matured and grown as a player. When he's healthy he's one of the elite talents in the NBA.
He had a legit running mate in DeMarcus Cousins for about a year until he tore his Achilles this season. However, the team made a move to acquire Nikola Mirotic in order to add depth and help in Boogies absence.
In the past this team has had to rely on Davis as the sole provider, the go-to guy, the Mr. Do it all, and more. This year, things seem to be much different and the ancillary pieces have stepped up and helped carry the load.
We already mentioned Mirotic who's had a good impact off the bench to help bolster the scoring.
How about the season Jrue Holiday is putting together? He's averaging better than four points per game more than his career average (14.8-19.2) and over the last 10 games he's really turned it on. He's scoring at a 22.3 points per game clip as well as dishing out the helpers with 6.5 assists per game.
Then, there's the assist man himself, Rajon Rondo. He's been especially good distributing the basketball of late to the tune of nine assists per game over the last 10 games. He's also adding a little bit offensively as well, he's averaging about 11 points per game which is well above his seasons average (7.7).
Others who have helped pick up the slack, E'Twaun Moore, Darius Miller, and Ian Clark, all of which have contributed.
Now, is this an NBA Finals team? No, but if they continue playing the way they're playing and add a little bit of defense into the mix they could be a fun team to watch down the stretch of this season and into the playoffs.