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New Orleans Pelicans by the Numbers: Number 40

Life has many great questions. If a tree falls in a forest does it make a sound? Why do we drive on the parkway and park in the driveway? If Ryan Bowen is the only player to wear a number in New Orleans Pelicans franchise history and no one remembers it did it really happen? Fortunately we have some, well ok one, answer. Yes it did really happen, and no it didn’t really go well.

The First to Wear Number 40: Ryan Bowen, 2007-2009

The Most Recent to Wear Number 40: Bowen

The Number 40’s in Between: None

As can be expected by the fact that only Ryan Bowen has worn it in franchise history, the number 40 doesn’t have a long or impressive history. It came out for the first time on November 2, 2007 to welcome Bowen back to the NBA after a year in Europe that led to him playing for a bit in Spain and a bit in Israel. For 11:11 that game the number 40 ran around the floor playing really hard but not producing much of anything as Bowen finished with one point, one assist, one block, no rebounds and three fouls as the Hornets defeated the Portland Trailblazers by 20.

Things never really improved for Bowen that season as he finished with averages of just 12.5 minutes, 2.2 points, 1,9 rebounds and 1.5 fouls per game in just 53 games which somehow included four starts. Whatever he did that season though was enough to convince the team to bring him back for the 2008-2009 season that saw Bowen average 10.4 minutes, 2.2 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.8 personal fouls in 21 games before the team finally let him go.

By letting Bowen go the team put the number 40 back in storage and to this day no player has chosen to wear the number made immortal by Bowen, leaving the most interesting fact about the 40 being that it was worn by a player basketball-reference.com lists as a small forward-power forward-shooting guard. Just how impressive or sad that legacy is though is clearly found in the eye of the beholder.

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