The New Orleans Pelicans have caused quite a stir with 131 and 149 points in the first two games of the NBA season. The team of head coach Alvin Gentry plays, on the one hand, a breathtaking pace, but they are also incredibly creative. The big man trio of Anthony Davis, Nikola Mirotic and Julius Randle is currently swimming against the tide – very successfully.
Anyone who has followed the first week of the new NBA season with at least one eye has certainly noticed that both the scoring and the pace have risen enormously. It’s a trend that should be kept in mind and that will probably be confirmed over the season. Many teams only play with one traditional Big, and the smaller rule changes have an impact on the scoring explosion.
It is pettishly whistled, the players are now even more protected, the shot clock begins after an offensive rebound now (as by the FIBA) at 14 and not in 24 seconds. That means more ball possessions and of course more spectacle.
The New Orleans Pelicans had the fastest pace in the league in the past games. They generated just over 101 possession per game. It’s safe to say that the pace will go down a bit when the first signs of fatigue appear in the middle of the season, or when several back-to-backs are pending for the teams, but the trend towards faster play will be confirmed.
The Pelicans are again in the top 3 of the pace this season (108.75 possession per game) and confirm this trend – or not?
The fact is, New Orleans scored in its two games of the season, 149 points against Houston Rockets and 131 against Sacramento Kings. However, this can be explained not only by significantly more possession but also by an efficiency, as the offensive rating of astronomical 127.9 points to 100 possessions is definitely showing it.