As we head into the 20s in the “New Orleans Pelicans by the Numbers” series we find ourselves in a very familiar position, a number that has been worn by a bunch of mediocre role players throughout its entire history. For number 20 that history started early in the 2004-2005 season before taking a long break and returning for three straight seasons with three different players from 2010 until 2013.
The First to Wear Number 20: Alex Garcia, 2004
The Most Recent to Wear Number 20: Henry Sims, 2013
The history of the number 20 got off to an inconspicuous start in June of 2004 when the Hornets claimed Alex Garcia off waivers from the San Antonio Spurs and gave him the number. Garcia only played in eight games for the Hornets, totaling just 146 minutes and 44 points before being waived in late December.
With Garcia gone the number 20 sat in storage for a while before it was broken out for Quincy Pondexter, a first round draft pick acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Pondexter had a respectable season in the number 20, shooting 36 percent from three in his limited minutes as a rookie. But the season wasn’t enough for the Hornets as they moved Pondexter to Memphis for Greivis Vazquez.
With Pondexter gone the number 20 was given to mid-season signing Chris Johnson, a human pogo-stick who appeared in seven games in the jersey for a total of 82 minutes and 23 points before being waived by the Hornets. Most recently the number went to Henry Sims for a two game stint at the end of the 2012-2013 season during which Sims played just under 5:00 of game time and tallied four points on two of three shooting from the field to go along with two rebounds before also being sent packing.
Like many numbers in New Orleans history there really isn’t any reason to remember the number 20 at this point and time. Pondexter showed a bit of promise in his one season in New Orleans and in the jersey but outside of that the number has been seen on the court for token minutes at the end of games by terrible players. In the end though things could be worse, it could be number 18 with history just based on Solomon Jones.
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