E’Twaun Moore off to fantastic start and has evolved well beyond glue guy role for New Orleans Pelicans

Nov 16, 2018 | by Preston Ellis, SB Nation

Let’s just be honest with one another: I am an unabashed E’Twaun Moore homer.

From his time in Chicago — and even earlier in Orlando, I have been absolutely infatuated with his basketball resiliency, his soft and steady scoring touch inside the perimeter, his unapologetic and instantaneous long-range trigger, and his penchant to do whatever the team asks, with little to no regard for his own preferences.

Even his hairline is spectacular!

A less than widely known fact, the New Orleans Pelicans offered life-changing money to a young player hailing from Purdue University who had earned less than four million dollars through his first five professional seasons of basketball. When he accepted a four-year, $34 million contract with New Orleans, Moore was considered to be the placeholder at shooting guard until Buddy Hieldwas ready to grab the reins. Moore has held tightly to his starting position through three seasons though, paying back general manager Dell Demps’ investment and then some with a team-leading 169 games since donning a New Orleans uniform.

Availability hasn’t been Moore’s only elite skill. His scoring threshold from beyond the perimeter stripe draws the most attention, and the faith afforded to him has paid off handsomely as he’s enjoying his best season to date with an absurd 49% shooting-stroke — and an even more grandiose 64% effective field goal percentage to go along with his 56% from the field overall. His three-point efficiency puts him fifth in the NBA among shooters with 50 or more attempts, and his ridiculous eFG% puts him just behind Joe Harris and Stephen Curry among all qualifying backcourt players.

For the first time in his career, Moore is averaging over 20 points per 100 possessions — 23.6 to be exact, or in other words, 1.30 points per shot attempt, leaving him in the upper tier of the NBA (93%) and prompting the question: Has E’Twaun been underutilized during his time in New Orleans, especially now?

We’ll circle back to that.

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