In the time that Jrue Holiday was not with the New Orleans Pelicans, they went 2-10. Since he has been back they have gone 4-1. I do not think this is coincidence.
Since Jrue Holiday returned from his personal issues, the New Orleans Pelicans have been a far better team.He has improved their record from 2-10 to now being 6-11. If he can continue to help the Pelicans like this then they will be back near the 500 mark, fighting for a Playoff berth.
So why are the Pelicans a better team now that Holiday is back? For starters, the Pelicans did not have a true point guard to back up Tim Frazier who has been massive so far this year. Secondly, he does what the team needs when the team needs it.
Frazier has been averaging 30.9 minutes per game. In that time he has been producing 11.9 points, 8.0 assists which is sixth in the league and 0.9 steals per outing. These are really good numbers but as is the case with the rest of the New Orleans team, there was no one to pick up the slack for the rest of the game.
Enter Holiday. Now the injury bug has hit New Orleans pretty badly. Quincy Pondexter, Tyreke Evans, Alexis Ajinca, Dante Cunningham, Lance Stephenson and Holiday have all been out at some point for medical or personal reasons. That is a fair list for only 17 games played this season.
Anthony Davis has a large portion of scoring and rebounding taken care of for New Orleans. He is also the center point for the Pelican defense. Frazier has ball movement. Frazier, Terrence Jones and E’Twaun Moore share a portion of the scoring load.
However, if any one of them were not on their game prior to Holiday coming back then the Pelicans did not have the ability to cover the gap.
Since Holiday has come back, he has scored in double figures in three games, had four or more assists in every game. On the defensive end, he has had more than one steal a game and a block in all but one.
One thing that has been really important for the Pelicans is his shooting percentage. In the first game back Holiday shot 8-of-14 for a 57 percent field goal percentage.
The second game back he shot 9-of-17 for a 53 percent field goal percent.
Davis is shooting at an incredibly high percentage. He is hitting 11.1 shots of 21.7 attempts. This is a field goal percentage of 51 percent and a 31.5 points per game average.
The second best number on the team is Jones who is connecting on 4.4 shots from 9.1 attempts for a 48 percent shooting percentage. He has an 11.1 points per agme average on the season.
Holiday is connecting on 6.5 shot on 13.5 shots per game for a 48 percent shooting percentage. The difference is that he has a 16.3 points per game average.
With Holiday shooting like he is, teams can no longer just focus on one player in Anthony Davis, they have to concern themselves with Holiday as well.
When Holiday, Davis and Frazier are on the floor together the Pelicans have good ball movement and an ability to score from almost any player.
With Holiday back in the line-up, the Pelicans are a force. This also means that the Playoffs are possible for the team that had the equal worst record in the league just four games ago.