Ryan Anderson on pace to join elite group

BOSTON - The New Orleans Pelicans sharp shooting forward Ryan Anderson is on pace to write his name in the NBA history books.

Anderson has been making up for lost time since his return from a chipped toe that sidelined him for the beginning of the season. Since Anderson jumped back into the action, he's been the Pelicans' leading scorer, averaging 20.1 points per game, as well as 6.4 rebounds and 3.1 three-pointers per game.

That's certainly an impressive performance for the Pelicans franchise, but it's also remarkable league-wide.

Only two players in NBA history have ever ended a season averaging at least 15 points, five rebounds and three 3-pointers a game.

In 2007, Jason Richardson achieved it as a member of the Charlotte Bobcats. Before that, Peja Stojakovic set the initial benchmark in 2003 with the Sacramento Kings. (He later played for the then New Orleans Hornets from 2006-2010. )

If Anderson can maintain this red-hot streak for a few more months, he'll join some elite company on the NBA's honor roll.