Stats & Info: New Orleans Hornets

Anthony Davis at his most dominant

March, 16, 2014
Mar 16
Anthony Davis had a tremendous game on Sunday.
Anthony Davis had one of the NBA’s biggest games this season in the New Orleans Pelicans’ win over the Boston Celtics.

He was the first player to have a 40-point, 20-rebound game since Dwight Howard had one for the Orlando Magic against the Golden State Warriors on January 12, 2012.
Anthony Davis
Davis was 12 for 12 from the free throw line. He’s the first player to score 40 points and be perfect from the free throw line (with at least 10 attempts) since Larry Bird in November 1987.

Davis was the first to have a 40-20 game against the Celtics since Shaquille O’Neal on March 21, 2003.

The Elias Sports Bureau notes that at age 21, Davis is the fourth-youngest player to have a 40-20 game, trailing only 20-year-olds John Drew (who had two in 1974) and O’Neal, who had one in 1993.

Davis has set career highs in scoring in each of his last two games (he had 36 points on Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers). He’s averaging 32.3 points per game in his last six games.

How has Davis gotten on this hot streak? Sunday it was about his work in the paint, where he made 11 of 13 shots. During this six-game run, he’s shooting 67 percent in the paint (he was making 58 percent prior to this stretch).

Draft becoming a Kentucky showcase

June, 29, 2012
Kentucky's Anthony Davis (New Orleans Hornets) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Bobcats) went 1-2 in the 2012 NBA draft, marking the first time in the common draft era that college teammates were selected with the first two picks.

Overall, Kentucky had six players (Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb, Darius Miller, Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist) drafted in the first two rounds, a high for any school in the first two rounds in the common draft era.

In the past three years, Kentucky has had a total of 14 players drafted, a high for a school over any three-year span, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Including Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky coach John Calipari can now claim to have coached seven top-five picks in his career. And three of those picks have gone No. 1 overall (Davis, John Wall, Derrick Rose).

Davis became the fifth player to be drafted No. 1 overall after winning a national championship, joining Danny Manning, James Worthy, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Davis averaged just 14.2 points per game in his lone collegiate season. It's the lowest scoring average by a top overall pick in his final college season in the common draft era, just less than the 14.5 points per game Patrick Ewing averaged in his final season at Georgetown.

And Davis is the third consecutive freshman to be drafted with the top pick, having been preceded by Kyrie Irving in 2011 and Wall in 2010.

Teammates being drafted in the first round was a theme in this year's draft.

North Carolina, Duke, Connecticut, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Washington joined Kentucky as schools with multiple players taken in the first round.

It's the most schools with multiple first-round picks in a single draft in the common draft era.

From that list, North Carolina, Kentucky and Connecticut all had multiple players selected in the top 15. It's the first time since 1998, and just the third time in the common draft era, that three schools had multiple selections in the top 15.

North Carolina also had multiple top-15 picks in 1998, along with Arizona and Kansas. In 1981, Maryland, Utah and Notre Dame each had multiple players go in the top 15.
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Josh Hamilton
1. HAMILTON MAKES HISTORY: Josh Hamilton became the 16th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a single game on Tuesday night in Baltimore. He is the sixth player in American League history to do it, and the first since Carlos Delgado in 2003.

2. VERY RARE OCCASION: This is the first time in major league history that a pitcher has thrown a perfect game and a hitter has hit four home runs in a game in the same season. Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox threw a perfect game earlier this season.

3. ANOTHER RECORD FOR HAMILTON: Hamilton's 18 total bases are an AL record, one shy of Shawn Green's MLB record of 19 in his four-homer game on May 23, 2002. The previous AL record was 16, done eight times.

4. COLLISON HELPS PACERS ADVANCE: The Indiana Pacers advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a win over the Orlando Magic. It is Indiana's first series win since the First Round in 2005 versus the Boston Celtics. FROM ELIAS: Darren Collison (23 assists, one turnover in series) is the first player in 22 years to have at least 20 assists and one or fewer turnovers in a playoff series. John Paxson did it for the Chicago Bulls in 1990.

5. THREE NBA TEAMS STILL FIGHTING: The Pacers were able to advance, but the Los Angeles Lakers, Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers were unable to close out their respective series, as each team lost its Game Five and must play on in the First Round. FROM ELIAS: This is the first time three teams avoided elimination on the same day since April 30, 2003. The Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Hornets and Portland Trail Blazers all won Game Fives on that date - only the Pistons used the momentum to come back to win the series (beat Magic in seven games).

6. DEVILS ADVANCE DESPITE ODD TREND: FROM ELIAS: The New Jersey Devils lost the opener of their conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia Flyers, then won the next four games. Even though Philadelphia scored the first goal in each game, New Jersey is the fourth team in NHL history to win four games in which their opponent scored the first goal in one series. Also, the Devils are the first team to do that in four consecutive games in one series. The other clubs with four such wins one series were the 1956 Detroit Red Wings (vs Toronto Maple Leafs), 1991 Edmonton Oilers (vs Calgary Flames) and 1995 Red Wings (vs Chicago Blackhawks).