For the New Orleans Pelicans number 2 has an interesting history. The first few times it was issued the number was attached to a pretty forgettable player (beyond a great nickname) before catching on to a few flash in the pan fun seasons before settling back into forgettable player territory in the most recent issuing. Thanks to those two middle guys the number probably ranks as one of the better ones in franchise history, but that says more about some of the other numbers than it does about 2.
The First to Wear #2: Stacy “Plastic Man” Augmon, 2003-2004
The Most Recent to Wear #2: Darius Miller, 2013-2014
Number 2 got off to a bit of a boring start when Augmon played in it for 139 games over two seasons after the Hornets moved to New Orleans. Augmon was a solid but unspectacular player who had a better year in his last season in the 2 jersey in 2003-2004 when he played in 69 games and averaged 5.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game before heading to Orlando to finish his career.
After Augmon the jersey moved to Dan Dickau and Jannero Pargo for a few years of random mostly bench point guard minutes that most people have already completely forgotten. After a year off when Pargo left the jersey returned to use for another backup point guard as Darren Collison used the number to provide a bit of fun in a bad situation in 2009-2010. Collison, filling in for the injured Chris Paul, started 37 games for the Hornets that season and averaged 18.8 points, 9.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds in a role as a starter for the team.
Collison was traded the next season though and Jarrett Jack moved into his role and number, taking the number 2 and again provided fans with a bit of fun from the number 2 jersey off the bench in relief of Paul. Before his time in New Orleans was over Jack hit some big shots for the Hornets, including one against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round Series to seal a victory in 2011.
After Jack left Darius Miller got his shot at the 2 jersey but so far he has been unable to make it standout as the recent point guards have. Miller will have a shot this season though as the Pelicans look for depth at small forward, giving Miller his best chance yet to be a part of an NBA rotation.
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