The New Orleans Pelicans might not be off to an ideal starting to their 2016-17 NBA season, but they do boast a roster stacked with some of the most exciting young players in the league. Anthony Davis has been unstoppable throughout the first 2 weeks of the season averaging a double double, including putting up more than 30 points per night. Even with these impressive numbers, Davis’ Pelcians have still not been able to register a win so far this season.
After spending the past 2 seasons in his hometown of Chicago playing with the Bulls, this season saw the signing of E’Twaun Moore to the Pelicans squad to provide some additional support to the New Orleans backcourt, as well as filling the hole left by departing point guard Eric Gordon.
Moore has stepped up to the challenge posting career high stats across the board to date this season. Slotting into a starting role on such a young team, Moore says that he just wants to be able to be a contributor for his team on a nightly basis. “I just keep burning – putting up shots and just trying to help the team win. Just trying to be aggressive.”
Monday saw the Pelicans roll into one of their hardest road games for any team as they came into Oracle Arena to take on the Golden State Warriors. Although they couldn’t walk away with the win, Moore still managed to add 15 points and 5 assists.
During the pre season, New Orleans joined the Houston Rockets in China to take part in the NBA Global Games. Speaking about the chance to play for fans in China, Moore says it’s was an amazing experience, and he didn’t realize that there were so many basketball fans over there.
“It was pretty cool, I had a good time and I went to some cool cities. The architecture of the buildings was nice and it was a fun trip.” Moore continues “I was surprised how much they love basketball. Everyone there was basketball crazy. The games were packed, the fans supported the games and it was pretty cool.”
A part of being a pro athlete that has become ever more prevalent over the past few years has been interacting with fans on social media. Most players are very active across Instagram and Snapchat, but not Moore.
It was only in September this year, 6 years after starting his professional career that Moore finally embraced Instagram, and he tells us that his manager was the one that convinced him to make the jump into the photo sharing world, but he’s been enjoying it.
“My friends always tell me about it. They’re saying ‘Instagram’s cool – you should do one’. I was like, nah, it’s a distraction. All you be doing is is looking at pictures and stuff. It’s been pretty cool so far though. I get to keep up with my friends, see what they’re doing as well as some of my other basketball friends in the NBA too.”
As the season progresses, Moore seems to be slotting into his role with the Pelicans like he has always been there – and he looks to be working on pushing that stat line to another level by the end of the year.
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