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PELICAN PLAYER PROFILE: Quincy Pondexter

The Pelican’s Eye View is featuring a player a day on  the Pelican Player Profile. This series is introducing Pelicans or general basketball fans to the teams 2017 players & staff overall.

The Pelican Player Profile discusses player history, stats & current projections for the upcoming season while granting a familiarity with the pro. 

Here’s tonight’s PPP: Quincy Pondexter aka Q-Pond (#20) Height: 6-7 Weight: 225 lbs

Quincy Pondexter (29) was drafted 26th overall in the 2010 by the Oklahoma Thunder out of Washington. The draft rights of Quincy Pondexter were traded to the then New Orleans Hornets along with (PF) Craig Brackins in exchange for the draft rights to (C) Cole Aldrich and (SG) Mo Peterson. While at The University Of Washington Pondexter played 4 years & averaged 13.1 ppg 5.6 rebs with a 32.7% from beyond the three-point line in 136 games. The senior year for Q-Pond was pretty excellent as he averaged 19.3 ppg 7.4 rebs 53% fg & 35% from deep.

New Orleans Pelicans v Golden State Warriors - Game Two
OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 20: Quincy Pondexter #20 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots over Andrew Bogut #12 of the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter during the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 20, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Pondexter had quite a few accomplishments according to NBA.comWashington’s all-time career leader in games played (136), and finished third in scoring (1,786 points), fifth in field-goals made (652) and fourth in field-goals attempted (1,297)….As a senior, All-Pac-10 First Team and Pac-10 All-Tournament Team…His 695 points is the third-best single-season total in school history…Set a Pac-10 record with five player of-the-week honors…Finished third in the league in scoring (19.3 ppg) and rebounds (7.4 rpg), sixth in FG percentage (.528) and free throw percentage (.827)…Averaged 26.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in road sweep of Oregon and OSU…Averaged 23.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists vs. Ariz. and ASU…Named Co-MVP of Athletes in Action Classic…just to name a few..

Washington v New Mexico
SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 20: Forward Quincy Pondexter #20 of the Washington Huskies dunks the ball against the New Mexico Lobos during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at HP Pavilion on March 20, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Q-Pond averaged 2.8 ppg in 66 games before he was unceremoniously shipped to Memphis for (G) Greivis Vasquez in December of 2011. While in Memphis Quincy turned up his game getting better defensively playing alongside guys like (G) Tony Allen, All-Star (G) Mike Conley & (F) Zach Randolph. He averaged 5.2 ppg while shooting 42% from the field & 33% from long-range in 168 games during a 4 year tenure with The Grizzlies.

Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Five
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – MAY 15: (L-R) Quincy Pondexter #20 and Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrate in the final minutes of play against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 15, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Grizzlies defeated the Thunder 88-84 to win the series 4-1 and advance to the Western Conference Finals. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Pelicans obviously noticed him again this time trading (G) Russ Smith (to Memphis) and Austin Rivers (to Boston) for Quincy Pondexter. He had his best season as a pro once back with The Pells starting 28 of 45 games averaging 9.0 ppg shooting 45% from the field 43% from the 3 point-line while playing 28 mins a game.

The disaster hit as Pondexter went down with injuries that bench him for a 2 full seasons. It was reported that Q-Pond had several surgeries to repair damaged cartilage in his left knee.

He was quoted as saying: “It’s been unbelievable the last two years being hurt, and injured,” Pondexter told ABC30’s Tommy Tran. “We haven’t explained a lot, and a lot of that news will come out in the next few months about what’s happened and what’s transpired. But I’m working my tail off to get healthy and I’m looking forward to this next season and looking forward to redeeming the last two seasons that I’ve missed. I want to go out there and just play the game I love again.”

As you can tell Pondexter is ready for action this year & hoping for a lot of minutes in his final year (contract wise). The Outlook on Q-Pond is favorable because Solomon Hill is out for 6-8 months with a torn hamstring & Pondexter is the next man up preceded by Darius Miller. The Pelicans are sure to make a trade or sign a player with this recent development. By any account its time for Pondexter to face his destiny & see if he can be a starter & hold it down or move on to something else.

Other notable facts that the NBA is certainly in his blood as his father Roscoe Pondexter played college basketball for Lute Olson at Long Beach State before being drafted by the Boston Celtics in the third round (53rd overall) of the 1974 Draft and playing professionally for 10 seasons overseas…Uncle, Cliff Pondexter, was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the first round (16th overall) of the 1974 NBA Draft and enjoyed a three-year NBA career

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