At 9-10, the Pelicans' overall play has been hot and cold, trading wins and losses for the majority of this season, but the most consistent aspect of the team is the star level production of Anthony Davis. Now in his third season in New Orleans, there's no doubt Davis is one of the NBA's best, even at age 21.
He leads the Pels and is second in the league in scoring with more than 25 points per game. He tops the NBA in blocks (2.9) and is third in steals per game (2.1). His teammates say there's nothing Davis can't do, and A-D is just trying to get better one game at a time.
"I think it's coming along well," Anthony Davis said. "There's stuff that I need to work on, the team has to work on, and it's just 20 games into the season, we got a lot to learn still from other teams, who likes to do what. What they like to do on the floor, it's early in the season, we'll be fine."
Point guard Jrue Holiday added, "I think he's pretty much shown it this year, and we're like in the 20th game or something like that, and again, when they say there is no ceiling, there really is no ceiling for him."
The Pelicans have looked like a playoff contender on some nights, beating San Antonio and Oklahoma City, but then like a young team with big problems during others. When Davis is locked in, and Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans and Ryan Anderson are all contributing, this team is pretty tough to beat.
However, in some games their defense looks terrible, and they have trouble scoring the basketball as well. Shooting guard Eric Gordon also remains out indefinitely with a shoulder injury. From Coach Monty Williams to the players, everyone is looking for a little consistency.
"I think just to come together," Holiday said. "Sometimes when we get down, we kinda separate. To stay consistent in tough times, in times where we might get down, and teams get off to a good start. To stay the course."
Forward Ryan Anderson added, "We just need to play hard and have fun. You know I think starting games is big for this group, just playing hard and understanding that's something we can control on a nightly basis."
"We gotta defend," Davis said. "Some games we do, some we don't. When we defend, we're a really good team. We're a defensive oriented team, and when we realize that and start defending for 48 minutes, we'll be fine."
The Pelicans (9-10) host the New York Knicks (4-18) tonight at 7:00 in the Smoothie King Center.