Metta World Peace on the road to a new NBA career
The Portland Trail Blazers guard is coming off of a breakout season in which he averaged 14.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.
But the New Orleans Pelicans forward has also been one of the league’s most efficient scorers, averaging 31.4 points per game.
His production has come with a noticeable increase in minutes, but he has also struggled to find the right role.
This season, he was benched by coach Alvin Gentry in favor of veteran guard Ryan Anderson.
That leaves Metta as the team’s primary ball-handler in the paint, but his defensive presence has been a problem.
This past season, Metta appeared in just 36 games and shot a career-low 35 percent from 3-point range.
Metta averaged 6.5 points per contest and shot just 28.1 percent from the field, but had his best game against the Lakers in a 106-95 victory.
He shot 7 of 10 from beyond the arc in that game, and has struggled with his shot in the last four games.
“I’ve had to adjust to it, so it’s hard to do too much with it,” Metta said.
“We’ll see how that goes, but I think there’s a lot of good things to come with it.”
Metta’s next stop might be another spot on the Pelicans’ roster.
Pelicans GM Dell Demps said he expects Metta to sign a five-year contract extension this offseason.
Mephedo, 27, is currently the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft.
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