Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans guard Jose Alvarado has evolved into becoming an imperative contributor to the team in his second season, writes Will Guillory of The Athletic in an extensive feature.

“A lot of people told me that the sophomore year is a slump year for some guys,” Alvarado told Guillory in an interview. “I wanted people to say, ‘Oh, he improved. What else can he do?’ … Obviously, the GTAs and playing defense is who I am. I accept that. But I’m also a complete basketball player. I can be a great point guard. I’m a knockdown shooter. I think there are a lot of things I can do on the court to help this team.”