• Nikola Mirotic
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Nikola Mirotic is averaging 22.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 3.5 triples per game on 56 percent from the field and 46 percent from behind the arc since shaving his beard nine games ago; the Pelicans have won all nine games.

    Mirotic and the Pelicans are on a roll as of late and Mirotic is making himself money – not from future contracts though. Thanks to his elite play since shaving Mirotic just signed a new advertising deal with the shaving products company Gillette. His play, along with the entire team, has given the Pelicans a new meaning to "fear the beard". New Orleans was looking for a boost late in the season so Mirotic decided it was time to shave the beard and in doing so his teammates are forcing him to shave before practice everyday if he had not already done so. The Pelicans have a tough second round battle with Golden State where Mirotic will have to keep up this play if they want even the slightest chance to win. If the Pelicans pull off the miracle and end up facing the Rockets in the conference finals it will make for the best facial hair versus non-facial hair match up you thought you'd never get.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter