Aug 1, 2013; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans players Jason Smith (14) and Ryan Anderson (33) and Anthony Davis (23) and Jrue Holiday (11) during a uniform unveiling at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the New Orleans Pelicans By the Numbers Series

I am a weird sports fan. I am fully aware of it but it hit me again the other night when I was sitting around the other night and started to wonder how many of the new additions to the New Orleans Pelicans roster will be able to keep their most recent jersey number in this coming season.

After some research (as it turns out Omer Asik, Jimmer Fredette, Patric Young and John Salmons should all be able to wear the number they have most often or most recent, with just Russ Smith having to change) I stumbled upon the franchise number list on basketball-reference.com. From there I found myself searching out the numbers worn most often by good players in franchise history and the numbers with the fun and funniest players to have worn them.

Born out of that is the new series that we are starting today called Pelicans By the Numbers. Every day for the next few weeks (with a bit of a break for the schedule release posts we have planned when that comes) will be a breakdown of every number worn in New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Hornets, and New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets histories. Who was the first person to wear number 2? Who was the last to wear number 54? It should be a fun ride down memory lane for the most part and could lead to some fun discussions about who was the best player to wear each number. Except for number 43, we all know Linton Johnson was the best player in franchise history to wear that one.

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