5.9 — The Pelicans’ net positive in points per game with Omer Asik on the floor after the All-Star break. Asik is the team’s most coveted free agent entering this offseason. And despite his notable offensive struggles, New Orleans was better with him on the court than without him. Coach Monty Williams noted retaining Asik is one of the team’s top three priorities entering the offseason.
20 — The amount of games shooting guard Tyreke Evans was listed as “questionable” in the team’s injury report, yet he missed only three games. He endured multiple sicknesses, ankle sprains and a deep knee bruise in the playoffs; but with rare exception, he played through the pain and served as a necessary cog as the Pelicans’ No. 2 scoring option and most consistent backcourt threat.
19.2 — Anthony Davis’ league-leading player impact estimate, according to NBA.com. It is the calculation showing a player’s overall contribution against the total statistics in the game he played in. This means Davis, in his third year, made more of a statistical impact on each game he appeared in than any other player in the NBA.
14.5 — Ryan Anderson’s differential in 3-point shooting at home versus the road. Anderson’s 41.7 percent shooting from deep at home would have resulted in the best of his seven-year career if he could have duplicated those numbers away from the Smoothie King Center. Instead, his 27.2 percent shooting on the road dragged him to a career-low 34 percent for the season.
17 – The Pelicans’ NBA rank in defensive efficiency after the All-Star break (102.8). New Orleans spent most of the season in the bottom five of the league but improved demonstrably down the stretch, despite missing key defender Jrue Holiday for 40 games. If the Pelicans carry that level of defense into next season, it could transform the team into a true contender.