The New Orleans Pelicans have used both of their two-way contracts this offseason.
The first one was extended to guard Jose Alvarado, which I thought was a smart signing, as he brings defensive intensity and energy that should help the Pelicans be more competitive, even if it is just in practice and training camp.
The second two-way contract went to Daulton Hommes, and if you are like me, you looked at that name and said, “who?”
Daulton Hommes is a 6-foot-8 forward who went undrafted in 2019 and ended up playing for the Spurs’ G-League team before eventually ending up in the Italian League playing for Vanoli Cremona.
So what does Hommes bring to the table?
New Orleans Pelicans: Daulton Hommes can stretch the floor
Hommes does one thing very well that the New Orleans Pelicans desperately need and that is shoot the 3-point shot.
Hommes hit 42.7 percent from long range on 6.9 attempts per game, so this is a guy who has good size and can shoot it from deep.
Given that he is coming out of the Italian league (he is American) this description might bring back some bad memories of Nicolo Melli, but Hommes is far from Melli.
Not only is Hommes a better shooter, but he is an athlete, as you will see here on these two high-flying dunks.
Hommes has the athleticism to get up and down the floor and defend, two things that Melli couldn’t do in his wildest dreams.
As a two-way player, Hommes will spend time between the Pelicans’ roster and the Birmingham Squadron, the Pels’ G-League affiliate.
I think it is going to be difficult for him to crack the rotation given that the Pels have a lot of forwards, but if he can shoot at a high level and not kill them defensively, he could definitely get a call-up at some point if the Pels suffer an injury or need to shake things up.
Hommes’ two-way deal was another smart investment, as he provides insurance and a skill that the Pelicans desperately need, which is the ability to shoot accurately from 3-point range.