New Orleans Pelicans Player News: All Positions

News: Williams (bacK) has been undergoing treatment at Pelicans facilities during the NBA's ongoing hiatus and will be ready to practice when the season resumes, Christian Clark of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Williams has appeared in just 35 games this season due to a back injury and coach's decisions. The back issue looks to be behind Williams at this point, but the 25-year-old may still find himself on the outside of coach Alvin Gentry's rotation once the Pelicans are back playing again.
News: Despite the Pelicans' practice facility being closed due to coronavirus, the NBA granted a special exception to the organization allowing Williamson to receive treatment there, Christian Clark of reports. Executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin noted, "They weren't able to do any court work during that period of time, but they were able to get the [flexibility] work in needed on the table, and so that was important."
Impact: The organization has been vocal about the amount of training that Williamson needs to do to prevent injuries, including teaching him better ways to run, jump and land. Unsurprisingly, flexibility is also part of that regimen. Due to a torn meniscus, Williamson didn't make his NBA debut until Jan. 22 against the Spurs.
News: During an April 30 conference call, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry spoke on the possibility of Williamson facing a minutes restriction if the NBA returns to play this season. "We'll have those conversations," Gentry said. "Obviously, his health will be the number one priority, but the restriction was really off after his first 5-6 games. So, he was playing the minutes that he would normally play, considering with any situation really. But, it will be something that we talk about when we do resume and as far as how it looks for Zion from a minute standpoint, and we'll do that really with some of the other players."
Impact: At this point, it's unclear if the Pelicans will even have to cross this bridge, but if the league does resume regular-season play, Williamson would be in a unique situation. After missing the first several months of the season, he made his debut on Jan. 22 and hit the ground running, playing in 19 of the team's next 20 games. As Gentry noted, Williamson quickly shed his initial minutes limit and was routinely seeing 30-plus minutes beginning in early February. Prior to the suspension of the season on Mar. 11, Williamson held averages of 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 29.7 minutes per contest (19 games). He scored at least 20 points in 14 of his final 15 games.
News: Alexander-Walker told Daniel Sallerson of the Pelicans Radio Network in a podcast appearance Wednesday that he's no longer sporting a hard cast to protect his fractured right wrist.
Impact: Alexander-Walker had been sporting the cast for nearly five weeks before trading it out for some softer protection. With the rookie guard's fractured wrist having healed as expected, he'll avoid surgery, which likely would have spelled an end to his season. He'll still have to complete some strengthening exercises with the wrist before the Pelicans sign off on him playing, but he could be back to 100 percent when the NBA season resumes.
News: Favors averaged 8.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and one assist in nine games since the All-Star break.
Impact: Favors finished in double figures in three of nine games since the break, recording two double-doubles over that stretch. As the team's starting center, he'll consistently see around 25 minutes on a nightly basis once NBA action resumes.
News: Williamson's game with the Pelicans at Sacramento on Wednesday has been postponed, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The game won't be played as a cautionary measure after the NBA announced earlier in the evening the season will be suspended after a player tested positive for coronavirus. The game was originally expected to go on as previously scheduled, but one of the scheduled referees officiated a game with an infected player earlier this week.
News: Williams (coach's decision) didn't see the floor Sunday in the Pelicans' 120-107 win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Williams was inactive for 25 consecutive games due to a back injury before he received the green light to dress for Friday's 110-104 win over the Heat. He didn't see action in that game, and he didn't shed his warmups Sunday, either, as the contest remained relatively competitive throughout. Williams' lack of usage indicates that he's simply not part of coach Alvin Gentry's regular rotation regardless of his health.
News: Ingram had 15 points (6-12 FG, 0-2 3PT, 3-5 FT), 12 rebounds and seven assists in Sunday's win over Minnesota.
Impact: Ingram took only 12 shots in 40 minutes, but he pulled down double-digit rebounds, while functioning as a playmaker. Ingram's seven assists tied for his most in any game since early January.
News: Ball had 18 points (7-13 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 0-1 FT), eight assists, five rebounds and two steals in Sunday's win over Minnesota.
Impact: It was another strong all-around effort for Ball, who was coming off of a 16-point, nine-rebound, eight assist effort in Friday's win over Miami. Ball's four three-pointers Sunday give him 21 over the last four contests.
News: Williamson had 23 points (9-15 FG, 1-1 3PT, 4-6 FT) and seven rebounds in Sunday's win over Minnesota.
Impact: After an "off game" (17 points) in a win over Miami on Friday, Williamson returned to form Sunday, topping 20 points for the 14th time in his last 15 games. The rookie has been incredibly consistent as a scorer and rebounder, but he hasn't offered much in terms of assists, and he's offered even less in the defensive categories.
News: Holiday put up a season-high 37 points (13-20 FG, 3-8 3P, 8-9 FT), nine rebounds and eight assists in Sunday's win over Minnesota.
Impact: Holiday had one of his best all-around games of the year, leading all players in scoring and nearly netting a triple-double. It was the fourth 30-point game of the year for holiday and only his second since mid-January.
News: Alexander-Walker has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right wrist and will be sidelined indefinitely, Andrew Lopez of reports.
Impact: It remains unclear when Alexander-Walker suffered the injury, but he'll be out for an extended period while recovering. Considering he hasn't been a regular part of the rotation since late January, the absence shouldn't affect coach Alvin Gentry's gameplan significantly.
News: Alexander-Walker is out for Sunday's game against the Wolves due to a right wrist injury.
Impact: The nature and severity of Alexander-Walker's injury are not yet clear, though he was absent from practice Saturday and was spotted with a cast on his wrist, Andrew Lopez of reports. The young guard has played a total of 20 minutes in the Pelicans' last 19 games, so his absence is unlikely to affect the team's rotation.
News: Redick (hamstring) is not expected back until after the Pelicans' upcoming road trip, Andrew Lopez of reports.
Impact: It looks like Redick's earliest possible return date will be March 16 against the Hawks. The veteran sharp-shooter did take part in shooting drills at Saturday's practice, but it looks like the team will err on the side of caution before allowing him to return.
News: Redick (hamstring) was able to take part in shooting drills during Saturday's practice session, Andrew Lopez of reports.
Impact: While Redick's participation in Saturday's practice is encouraging, the team hasn't updated his official timetable for return. The veteran shooting guard remains roughly a week away from a re-evaluation and, depending on the results, could be held out further into the future.
News: Hart generated 19 points (6-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 28 minutes off the bench during New Orleans' 110-104 victory over Miami.
Impact: Hart's 19 points represented his highest total since mid-December and his third-best showing of the season. His playing time has fluctuated greatly, but he is a consistent rebounder for a guard and the kind of player that could occupy a fantasy roster spot over a struggling forward. Hart now has nine double-doubles this year.
News: Holiday piled up 20 points (7-13 FG, 3-5 3pt, 3-6 FT), six assists, six rebounds, three steals and a block in Friday night's 110-104 win over Miami.
Impact: Playing 150 minutes over the previous four games, Holiday has been up to the challenge, averaging 19.0 points, 8.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds during that stretch. A top-eight fantasy asset at the point guard position, Holiday now has at least six assists in 11 consecutive showings.
News: Ball supplied 16 points (6-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, eight assists, a steal and a block in 36 minutes Friday during the Pelicans' 110-104 win versus the Heat.
Impact: Ball has posted at least five assists and five rebounds in seven straight games. He has also gotten hot from distance, connecting on 17 of his last 28 three-point tries. Ball is averaging 23.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 2.7 steals through four games in March.
News: Williamson scored 17 points (7-9 FG, 3-4 FT), along with six rebounds, two assists, the blocks and a steal in 32 minutes Friday night during the Pelicans' 110-104 win over Miami.
Impact: Don't be sad that it ended, smile because it happened. Williamson's streak of 20-point games ends at 13 --- the NBA record for a teenager. Ironically, it happened on a night where the rookie was excellent from the field. The Pelicans are now just 4.0 games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, which is a promising trend for Williamson's usage for the remainder of the season.
News: Ingram finished with 12 points (4-20 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 30 minutes during the Pelicans' 110-104 Friday night victory over the Heat.
Impact: The stat line doesn't show it, but Ingram played a major role in securing the win for New Orleans. Being 2-of-17 from the field, Ingram proceeded to nail a clutch two and a contested three to keep the Pelicans in front by a bucket prior to the incessant fouling of the closing minute beginning. The fearlessness is a silver-lining on nights where Ingram can't find his stroke.
News: Williams (back) is available for Friday's game against the Heat, Andrew Lopez of reports.
Impact: Back soreness has prevented Williams from playing since Jan. 6, but he's finally available to make a return. That said, with the Pelicans mostly healthy at forward, it might be difficult for him to carve out a significant role.
News: Williams (back) is probable for Friday's game against the Heat.
Impact: Williams is on track to play for the first time since Jan. 6, assuming he checks out OK during pregame activities Friday. With Zion Williamson healthy, Williams may not see significant run when he does returns.
News: Jackson posted 12 points (4-7 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), two rebounds and one assist across 21 minutes during Wednesday's 127-123 overtime loss to the Mavericks.
Impact: With JJ Redick (hamstring) out and Josh Hart seeing just 13 minutes and struggling from the field, coach Alvin Gentry decided to dust off Jackson. He provided a nice boost off the bench in 21 minutes, scoring in double digits for the first time since Feb. 11 and the 11th time this season. That said, fantasy owners shouldn't count on Jackson seeing enough minutes to be fantasy relevant on a consistent basis.
News: Williamson finished with 21 points (9-18 FG, 3-5 FT), six rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 127-123 loss to Dallas.
Impact: Williamson scored at least 20 points for the 13th consecutive game; however, he was unable to reach the heights of the previous night. The Mavericks packed the paint in an attempt to at least slow Williamson down, and it worked for the most part. Despite the somewhat quiet night, the fact he played 35 minutes on the second night of a back-to-back is very encouraging. The offense is clearly right where it needs to be, and the defensive production is close, as evidenced by Tuesday's performance. As soon as he puts everything together, he is likely to be considered a first-round fantasy option.
News: Favors tallied 10 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-2 FT), 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 127-123 loss to the Mavericks.
Impact: Favors recorded a double-double in 32 minutes, the most he has played since mid-January. After what can only be described as a feeling-out period, Favors appears to be getting used to sharing the court with Zion Williamson. He has now scored in double-digits in three straight games, averaging 10.7 points and 11.3 rebounds over that period. His ceiling is certainly capped given his role in the Pelicans offense; however, he is still worth rostering in most formats.
News: Ball ended with 25 points (9-19 FG, 7-11 3Pt), 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in 40 minutes during Wednesday's 127-123 loss to the Mavericks.
Impact: Ball matched his career-high with seven triples, once again flaunting his fantasy-friendly game. The Pelicans are pushing for a playoff spot, and Ball is going to be getting heavy minutes, at least for the foreseeable future. Over the past month, Ball is flirting with first-round value, and it appears he is finally beginning to put things together alongside a number of players who can be considered ball-dominant.
News: Williams (back) won't be made available for Wednesday's game against Dallas, Andrew Lopez of reports.
Impact: Although Williams hasn't played since Jan. 6 and will remain out Wednesday, he's purportedly nearing a return. His next opportunity comes Friday against Miami.
News: Williams (back) is questionable for Wednesday's game against Dallas.
Impact: Williams hasn't played since Jan. 6 due to a lower-back issue, but the fact that he's being considered questionable for Wednesday's game in Dallas suggests he's inching closer to a return. Look for his status to clear up closer to tipoff.
News: Ball accumulated 26 points (9-12 FG, 7-10 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block across 33 minutes during Tuesday's 139-134 loss to the Timberwolves.
Impact: Ball tied his season-high seven made threes in the fast-paced contest, and he was also a force defensively. With the performance, he also became just one of 14 players this season to post a game with at least 26 points, eight assists, three steals and one block. Over Ball's past 10 outings, he's averaging 12.6 points, 8.5 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 34.5 minutes. Plus, he's shot 42.9 percent from distance.
News: Ingram delivered 24 points (9-17 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four assists, three rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 139-134 loss to the Timberwolves.
Impact: Ingram's numbers have suffered a dip due to Zion Williamson's emergence as a reliable scoring threat, but the former Laker has still managed to top the 20-point plateau in three of his last four games. Since missing three games before the All-Star break, Ingram has averaged 22.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.
News: Holiday registered 27 points (10-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-9 FT), 12 assists and 10 rebounds in 38 minutes during Tuesday's 139-134 loss to the Timberwolves.
Impact: Holiday extended his streak of double-digit scoring performances to nine games, but he has also posted value as an elite facilitator during that span. The veteran point guard has registered double-digit assists five times during that stretch and is averaging 19.4 points with 9.8 assists during that nine-game period.
News: Williamson posted 25 points (10-19 FG, 5-9 FT), eight rebounds, four steals, three assists and one block in 33 minutes during Tuesday's 139-134 loss to the Timberwolves.
Impact: Zion has scored at least 20 points in each of his last 12 games, and he has reached that mark in 14 of his first 16 games this season -- those are numbers you seldom see in a rookie player who's yet to turn 20. Williamson has been recently cleared for back-to-back games, meaning he should find himself in the starting lineup for Wednesday's tilt against the Mavericks.
News: Williamson has been cleared to play in both games of back-to-back sets going forward, Andrew Lopez of reports.
Impact: The Pelicans haven't had any back-to-backs since Williamson returned, but there is one upcoming, as New Orleans plays Tuesday against the Timberwolves and Wednesday against the Mavericks. According to Lopez, the medical team "will monitor what he can and cannot do minutes-wise." So it's possible Williamson will be given a reduced workload Wednesday to play it safe.
News: Williams (back) is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves.
Impact: Williams returned to practice last week, but he's on track to miss another game as he continues to recover from a back injury. He hasn't played since Jan. 6 against Utah and remains without a timetable for return.