The fearless rookie won the game against Kyrie Irving in Dallas.
The New Orleans Pelicans beat the Dallas Mavericks 118-108 in the 2023-2024 NBA regular season at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on the 14th (Korea time).마카오토토
New Orleans, which had to play a back-to-back schedule following the match against Denver on the 13th, had a large number of key players absent on the day. Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and C.J. McCollum, who lead the team’s attack, as well as Trey Murphy III, the team’s best shooter, did not participate.
However, despite the unfavorable situation where the physical burden is greater than usual, New Orleans won a valuable victory against Dallas, where Kyrie Irving holds out on the road.
Leading New Orleans to victory was fearless rookie Jordan Hawkins. Hawkins, who had a chance to start the game and played for 36 minutes and 34 seconds, scored 34 points, five rebounds, and four assists, including six three-pointers. The 34 points was a new career high, surpassing the 31 points recorded on Nov. 7.
Hawkins, who was born in 2002, is a shooting guard who joined New Orleans with the 14th overall pick in the 2023 NBA draft, and accurate outside shots are the biggest weapon. Although he is still young and has ups and downs in his field pitching efficiency due to his lack of experience, it is a resource that can show his explosive power on a burst day.
Hawkins, who was once listed in the top five Rookie of the Year ladder players by playing a lot of time when McCollum and other key players were injured at the beginning of the season, has yet to secure a spot in the rotation as there are many good guard resources such as Jose Alvarado and Dyson Daniels on the bench in New Orleans.
Still, as he clearly demonstrated his strengths and gave the team one win in a difficult situation, Hawkins is more likely to receive a push from the club whenever the opportunity comes.
With the victory, New Orleans has 24 wins and 16 losses to rank sixth in the Western Conference. If Hawkins’ growth makes the bench more solid than it is now, New Orleans has a better chance of surviving the fierce ranking battle.