Who is the only player on the Pelicans current roster who, while he was on the floor, the Pelicans had a net positive points scored versus points allowed margin during *away* games?  If you said Anthony Davis, guess again.  If you said Jrue Holiday, guess again.  If you said DeMarcus Cousins, guess again.  All stats courtesy of bkref.com.

The answer to the lead off question  is Jordan (Instant Grits) Crawford, who joined the team late and only played in 10 away games (19 games total).  It bodes well for the Pelicans that he will be back again next season.

When we talk about net points margins we’re talking about the team’s net points while the player was on the floor.  It doesn’t mean the player scored any points or that he made any stops, it just means the team scored this many points subtracted by that many points scored by the opponents.  Turns out Instant Grits was the only current player to score a positive (+2) net points advantage during away games.  (The only other player was Hollis Thompson, who appeared in 5 games.)

For *home* games it was a different story.   There were 8 Pelicans with positive net points margins in home games.  These were AD, Hill, Holiday, Moore, Cousins, Hollis Thompson, Jordan Crawford, and Jarrett Jack.

In the following table we have all the players net points numbers for all games (both home and away), but restricted only to those players who played 200+ minutes on the season:

Rk Player Net PTS
1 Anthony Davis 49
2 Jrue Holiday 35
3 Jordan Crawford 15
4 DeMarcus Cousins 5
5 Solomon Hill 2
6 Dante Cunningham -48
7 Terrence Jones -53
8 Alexis Ajinca -60
9 Omer Asik -60
10 Tyreke Evans -73
11 Langston Galloway -73
12 Tim Frazier -84
13 E’Twaun Moore -110
14 Donatas Motiejunas -120
15 Buddy Hield -153

Jrue Holiday has just been signed to a contract extension.  Was it a good signing?  By the above numbers, the answer would be, I think, yes.  He had the 2nd highest net points margin (+35) on the team, just behind AD (+49).  The Pelicans are a much more effective team with Holiday on the floor, as opposed to Tim Frazier (-84) or E’Twaun Moore (-110) or Buddy Hield (-153).  (Bear in mind Cousins and Crawford weren’t with the team the whole year, and these are total net points for the entire season we’re comparing.)

To correct for the number of minutes played we can break down these numbers by “per 48 minutes played”.  Why 48 minutes?  That’s the length of the game, assuming no OT periods.  Here is the per 48 minutes table, similar to the above:

Rk Player Net PTS
1 Jordan Crawford 2
2 Anthony Davis 0.8
3 Jrue Holiday 0.6
4 DeMarcus Cousins 0.3
5 Solomon Hill 0.2
6 Dante Cunningham -1.3
7 Tim Frazier -2.6
8 Terrence Jones -2.6
9 Langston Galloway -3.1
10 E’Twaun Moore -3.2
11 Alexis Ajinca -4.5
12 Omer Asik -5.2
13 Buddy Hield -6.2
14 Tyreke Evans -7.2
15 Donatas Motiejunas -11.4

I should reiterate (so I will) these numbers are not based on what the player did himself, but rather they are based upon what the team did while the player was on the floor.   If a player happens to be in a part of the rotation that includes mostly backups, his net points margin will probably suffer, for example, if he always comes in while AD and Holiday are on the bench.

As a team, the Pelicans scored 8556 points while allowing 8728 points for a net of -172 points.  AD’s +49 margin lead the Pelicans, but was only 123rd in the league.  All of the top 6 players in this stat played for the same team (Golden State), so clearly it is heavily weighted in favor of players who played on winning teams.   If we break it down by total net points margins 5 of the top 6 were on the Warriors team.  The only 2 non-Golden State players in the top 7 were Chris Paul and LeBron James.  Steph Curry was #1 with a whopping +1016 net points margin in games when he was on the court.