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Griffin talks up Nicolo MelliMarch 23, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Pelicans VP of Basketball Operations David Griffin talked up Nicolo Melli on the "Pelicans Playback" pregame show, including his on-court chemistry with Zion Williamson and Lonzo Ball. Analysis: "[Melli] is absolutely essential when Zion's on the floor, from a spacing standpoint," Griffin said. "When you see the relationship between those three growing, it just exponentially improves our team." Melli's 3-point percentage jumped from 33.3% to 39.1% following Zion's debut, as he benefitted from a ton of open looks with Zion forcing defenses to collapse the paint. Melli was getting 23.3 minutes in his last 10 games before the shutdown, averaging 9.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.8 triples.

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