New Orleans Pelicans sign James Ennis for the remainder of 2015-16 season

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The New Orleans Pelicans has signed forward James Ennis for the remainder of the 2015-16 season. The Pelicans management announced the signing on Saturday, mentioning that the terms of the deal are undisclosed according to team policy.

Ennis was originally signed on 30th March. In the six games since then, the 6-feet-7, 210 pounds forward has averaged 11.3 points, while shooting .440 from three-point range, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per contest. He started in six games.

James Alfred Ennis played for Iowa Energy in the NBA’s D-League before joining the New Orleans Pelicans. In the NBA Development league, he appeared in 24 games this season, posting averages of 18.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals in 33.3 minutes per contest, according to the League’s official site.

Ennis was the 50th overall pick out of the Long Beach State by Atlanta Hawks in the 2013 NBA draft. Ennis has played 81 regular season games in his NBA career until now, featuring for three teams; the Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies and the New Orleans Pelicans. He averages  4.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in the league so far.

Good news for the Pelicans’ fans and the management is that Ennis has developed his 3-point shooting to a certain extent. After splitting time for the Heat, Grizzlies, Pelicans & D-league, the forward is emerging as a versatile player.

“I’ve put in a lot of work on my 3-point shooting,” Ennis said, according to the Advocate. “I (was) really focused on it when I went to Memphis. I started shooting a lot before and after practice. When I was in the D-League, I was shooting a lot of 3’s, too. It’s been showing. The work I’ve been putting in is paying off.”

“I’m kind of a versatile player,” Ennis said. “People didn’t really know I could play defense, but I knew I could play defense. That’s what I’m trying to show, show all the teams that I can guard the best player there and (do) the little things. Little things add up.”

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