[2017-18 NBA Preview] New Orleans Pelicans

The NBA season is almost here. While the majority of people think the NBA season is already over before it even begins (let’s just go ahead and crown the Golden State Warriors right now, right?). we still have to let the season play out because YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN, RIGHT?

What if the Warriors are involved in some kind of freak accident and everyone gets hurt?

Well, the league just opened up for all 29 other teams to win the whole thing.

Even though I personally believe it would take a plane wreck to take the Warriors down, there are some NBA teams out there that think they have the tools and weapons to do exactly that.

Are the New Orleans Pelicans one of those teams? Probably not. Look, I want to like what the Pelicans are bringing to the table this season, but it’s hard to trust this team. They went out and shocked the NBA world last year when they traded for DeMarcus Cousins. Every NBA expert immediately assumed that the pairing of Cousins with Anthony Davis would be a surefire way to turn the franchise around. In a league where the big man is slowly dying and everyone is playing smaller ball with more speed, it was an interesting approach to things and in my opinion, it’s not going to work. One of these guys is going to have to go (DeMarcus Cousins) if the Pelicans are looking to make it back to the post-season for the first time in three years. New Orleans needs immediate upgrades at the point guard and small forward positions before they can even think about competing with the NBA’s big boys. If these guys can find a way to do that, I’ll officially be on this team’s bandwagon. First of all, Anthony Davis is a beast and is one of the NBA’s best players in one of the NBA’s worst markets. Let’s give this guy some actual talent. Not a hot-headed center and a point guard who no one wants to play with (Rajon Rondo). Until then, Davis is going to be wasting away in New Orleans. Is there any hope for this team this season? All signs point to it being a potential disaster this year in New Orleans, but what if I’m wrong and everything turns into gold this season?

Do the Pelicans actually have the talent to crack the playoffs in the Western Conference?

LET’S FIND OUT!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 27-55 (2012-13), 34-48 (2013-14), 45-37 (2014-15), 30-52 (2015-16), 34-48 (2016-17)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2014-15 First-Round vs. Golden State Warriors

Last Playoff Series Win: 2007-08 First-Round vs. Dallas Mavericks

Last NBA Finals Appearance: Never

NBA Championships Won: None


 

Head Coach:

Alvin Gentry

Overall Record: 399-470

Record With Team: 64-100

Playoff Record: 12-9


 

The Squad:

Starters (with averages for last season):

PG: Rajon Rondo (7.8 PPG, 6.7 APG, 5.1 RPG, 13.6 PER)

SG: Jrue Holiday (15.4 PPG, 7.3 APG, 3.9 RPG, 17.1 PER)

SF: Darius Miller (3.1 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.9 APG, 7.3 PER)

PF: Anthony Davis (28.0 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 2.2 BPG, 27.5 PER)

C: DeMarcus Cousins (27.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 1.1 BPG, 25.8 PER)

Bench:

Alexis Ajinca (C), Ian Clark (PG), Solomon Hill (SF), E’Twaun Moore (SG), Tony Allen (SG), Dante Cunningham (PF), Omer Asik (C), Frank Jackson (PG), Cheick Diallo (PF), Jordan Crawford (SG)


 

Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Anthony Davis (28.0)

Rebounds Per Game: Anthony Davis (11.8)

Steals Per Game: Jrue Holiday (1.5)

Assists Per Game: Jrue Holiday (7.3)

Blocks Per Game: Anthony Davis (2.2)

Turnovers Per Game: DeMarcus Cousins (3.6)


 

The Prediction:

37-45

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