Behind the Numbers presented by Entergy: Pelicans at Mavericks (5/12/21)

A look at three key numbers related to Wednesday’s game at the American Airlines Center between New Orleans and Dallas (8 p.m. Central, Bally Sports New Orleans, ESPN Radio New Orleans 100.3 FM):

2,593: Total points scored this season by New Orleans second-year players, via NBA.com. That represents the NBA’s second-highest tally in 2020-21, behind only Oklahoma City at 2,842. Obviously the majority of those points from second-year Pelicans were generated by Zion Williamson prior to his hand injury, with the 20-year-old notching 1,647 points in 61 games. With Williamson sidelined, fellow 2019 first-round picks Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker have played some of their best basketball lately – Hayes is averaging 16.7 points over the past three games, while Alexander-Walker has averaged 15.5 points in two games, despite a minute restriction limiting him to 21 and 24 minutes at Charlotte and Memphis, respectively. New Orleans second-year pros also rank second in rebounding (906) and third in blocks (103), with OKC also topping the NBA in both categories. Incidentally, Dallas is 29th in the NBA in contributions from sophomore pros, with just 75 points, 54 rebounds and two blocks. All of those have come from Nicolo Melli, who was traded by New Orleans to Dallas in late March.

46, 0: Luka Doncic points in the Feb. 12 win over New Orleans, followed by his output in a March 27 loss at New Orleans, which he missed due to…

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