The New Orleans Pelicans have been switching off with the Houston Rockets for leading the NBA in total three-pointers made, a massive improvement for New Orleans after the team finished 22nd overall during the 2018-2019 season. The Pelicans are shooting .377% from three tied for fourth in the NBA while the Rockets are shooting .340 at the bottom of the league.
There are ten players on the Pelicans who are averaging at least 1 three-pointer a game. Five players are averaging at least 1.8 threes or more a game- in the table below.
|JJ Redick||Brandon Ingram||Lonzo Ball||Josh Hart||Jrue Holiday|
The Pelicans have increased their three-point production partly from new addition JJ Redick. Redick is in the first year of a two year deal worth $26.5 million. The 35-year old Redick is averaging the most three-point field goals per game for his entire career. Redick is averaging a whopping .471% from three, which would be the second-highest of his career. It is currently the best three-point shooting season of Redick’s career.
The most drastic change to their three-point shooting comes in the Anthony Davis haul from the Los Angeles Lakers. Three of their top five three-point shooters come from that trade: Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart. All three attempted more three-point shots this season with New Orleans while their three-point field goal percentage has also increased.
Brandon Ingram has taken his offensive game to the next level in his first season for the Pelicans. Ingram is averaging a career-high 2.3 threes a game. Prior to this season, Ingram hadn’t averaged more than 0.7 threes a game. Ingram is shooting a career-high .418% three-point percentage. Ingram shot .329% from three in his three seasons with the Lakers.
Lonzo averaged 1.7 three-pointers over his two seasons on the Lakers. Lonzo is averaging 2.3 threes this season taking more shots while also shooting a career-high .359% from behind the arc. His three-point shot has improved in his first season with New Orleans.
Josh Hart averaged 1.3 three-pointers per game during his two seasons with the Lakers. This season Hart is averaging a career-high 2.3 threes a game while attempting a career-high 5.9 three-point shots per game. Hart is shooting a career-high .377% from downtown. The former 30th overall pick has established himself as a quality player in his first season for the Pelicans.
The Pelicans have started poorly at 6-14 without 1st overall pick Zion Williamson. However, the young players on the team have shown growth and they are a premier three-point shooting team. Regardless of whether or not the Pelicans make the playoffs this season, they have some pieces that could help build something special in New Orleans.