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Toney Douglas Gets a Second 10-Day Contract

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The revolving door at reserve point guard comes to a stop. Temporarily.

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Toney Douglas was signed on February 4th to his first ten day contract. After riding the bench for two games against the Oklahoma City Thunder Douglas was thrust into the backup point guard slot for three consecutive games prior to the All-Star break. That position has been a significant weakness for the Pelicans so far this season. Austin Rivers (traded), Gal Mekel (waived), Jimmer Fredette, and Nate Wolters (not signed after his second 10-day contract) have all been given the opportunity with limited success.

Comparing Toney Douglas to his previous five predecessors makes it clear that he is at least not a negative strain on the team. An average PER is 15.0, WS/48 is about .100, BPM (Box Score Plus Minus) is 0.0, and Value over Replacement Player is relatively self explanatory (the greater the number, the better). Douglas, while not a world beater by any metric, outpaces everyone else by leaps and bounds.

PER WS/48 BPM VORP
Austin Rivers 10.1 0.042 -3.4 -0.3
Gal Mekel 0.6 -0.237 -16.5 -0.2
Jimmer Fredette 10.9 0.035 -4.9 -0.3
Nate Wolters 3.5 -0.113 -6.9 -0.1
Toney Douglas 17.0 0.097 -0.1 0.0

All stats from Basketball Reference

It comes as no surprise that Douglas will be retained for a second 10 day contract.

Minutes are likely to be at a premium should Jrue Holiday return as rumored after the All-Star break. Holiday, Tyreke Evans, and Eric Gordon are likely to soak up over 90 minutes a game at the two guard slots. Dante Cunningham and Quincy Pondexter should be expected to utilize nearly all of the minutes at small forward. It is unlikely there are minutes available unless injuries strike again.

Douglas looks to be the most competent candidate for any spare minutes due to further injury or foul trouble. His defensive intensity is welcome not only on the court, but in practice where he is almost assuredly a favorite of Monty Williams. During the Indiana Pacers broadcast sideline reporter Jen Hale noted that Douglas did not even know the majority of the Pelican sets yet. This second contract combined with the additional practice time over the long break should give Douglas time to catch up.

If the Pelicans do not make a significant move during the trade deadline to occupy additional roster spots I would expect Douglas to stick around through the end of the season. Dell Demps, as he did with the Melvin Ely signing and Gal Mekel's contract, will likely push for a second unguaranteed year to turn Douglas into a  potential trade chip this summer.