Anthony Davis has scored more points than any player in the NBA this season with 148. He’s second in points per game at 37 a contest (behind Russell Westbrook). He’s averaging 13.2 rebounds a game (third best in NBA). He’s averaging three blocked shots per game. He has been efficient doing all of this — his PER of 38.7 leads the league in this young season.
Davis has been a flat out beast.
And the Pelicans are 0-4.
Davis is getting no help, and while he wouldn’t throw his teammates under the bus, he was clearly frustrated after the loss to the Bucks, speaking to William Guillory of The Times-Picayune.
“We had too many mental breakdowns,” Davis said. “We’re not talking out there and so, therefore, we have mental breakdowns that gave them easy layups at the basket and open shots….
“It’s definitely frustrating. We can’t get a win, it’s frustrating,” Davis said. “Whatever we need to do, we need to do it fast.”
Davis wasn’t the only one frustrated.
“I thought we played hard, but we’ve got to start playing a lot smarter,” said Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry. “We just have too many defensive breakdowns…We’ve got a lot of work that we’ve got to do. We’ve got to get better defensively. It doesn’t matter, we can get 113 every night, but if we’re going to give up 117, mathematically, that doesn’t add up.”
Statistically — and it’s a very small sample size — the Pelicans have been middle of the pack defensively this season, but are 26th in the league offensively. That said, the defense hasn’t been consistent at all — with the game close late Tuesday the Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo got a fairly easy lay-up than an uncontested three back-to-back. There are breakdowns, and the Pelican’s offense right now (without Jrue Holiday to guide it) can’t make up the ground.
It may be a frustrating season all around in New Orleans.