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The way the New Orleans Pelicans reconstructed it’s team within the last 2 years is very impressive. Just one summer after finishing second-to-last in the West, the Pelicans have a very talented starting lineup. It started with picking Anthony Davis with the top selection in the 2012 draft and it didn’t take long to build around him. Not to say the Pelicans are done building a team, but what they have now can compete without a doubt. Let’s a take a look at New Orleans’ 2013-14 season preview:
Guards (B+): Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, Brian Roberts, Anthony Morrow, Austin Rivers
The Pelicans made an excellent draft day acquisition, trading their lottery pick for Jrue Holiday. An Eastern Conference All-Star last season, Holiday is a proven point guard. He’s a highly efficient all-around player who can do a bit of everything. He has a respectable jumper, pretty good court vision, and has active hands on defense. Eric Gordon has a true scorer’s mentality but has struggled to stay on the court the last two years with injury problems. Hopefully that changes this season. A healthy Gordon would be a big X-factor for this team. Rivers didn’t have a great rookie campaign but he has time to improve, playing in this deep rotation of guards. Brian Roberts was one of the more underrated backups last season. He’s great at getting his teammates involved and he puts in substantial effort on defense.
Forwards (B+): Tyreke Evans, Ryan Anderson, Al-Farouq Aminu, Jason Smith, Lance Thomas, Darius Miller (IR)
As well as Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans is another admirable talent who has been held back by injuries in the last couple seasons. Evans was excellent his first two years with Sacramento but his play, oddly enough, declined each year. I don’t think that’s too worrisome as the talent is definitely there and there haven’t been any major health conditions to be aware of. Evans’ natural position is shooting guard but he’s strong and athletic enough to compete with many small forwards. Ryan Anderson is starting the year off the bench but he’ll likely log the second most minutes at the forward position. All there is to know about Anderson is that he’s a deadly catch-and-shoot perimeter shooter. Even when he’s contested, he’ll fire up a three and often make it. Aminu has stuck around this organization since he was drafted. He should be a solid contributor, whether starting or coming off the bench.
Centers (B+): Anthony Davis, Greg Stiemsma, Jeff Withey
I’m aware Anthony Davis started at power forward in the preseason, alongside center Greg Stiemsma. But even if Stiemsma continues to start at center, he won’t play anymore than 20 minutes a game. With Anderson in the game, Davis is going to play center. Even with Jason Smith in the game, Davis will be the center despite his power forward label. The situation kind of reminds me of how the Wolves and Celtics treated Kevin Garnett’s position. Anthony Davis didn’t excel in his rookie season as much as some may have expected. However, he showed efficient all-around play, averaging 18.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, and 1.6 steals per 40 minutes.
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Defense (B-): Anthony Davis’ rebounding and shot blocking are the best facets of his game. Davis’ presence on defense is well-known with him and his freakishly long wingspan protecting the basket. Outside of Davis, the rest of the team consists of mostly average defenders. Holiday is a pretty good defender but Eric Gordon’s weak defense helps even that out. Ryan Anderson doesn’t exactly utilize his size on defense either. On top of all that, the Pelicans are probably going to run up and down the court a lot, limiting their defense to a certain point.
Shooting (A-): Again, Ryan Anderson is lights out. That’s all that needs to be said about him. Anthony Morrow is also one of the purest long range shooters but usually doesn’t get much playing time. The starting guard duo of Holiday and Gordon will really hurt teams with it’s mid-range shooting, as both players shoot very well in that area of the court. Davis is just an average jump shooter but he has the touch to become an efficient mid-range shooter someday.
Experience (B-): Although most of these players are very young, they’ve shown they understand the game. Players such as Holiday and Gordon understand their role and have no problem fitting into an offensive system. This team will only continue to improve as it gels together.
Standing – 12th West: I know…after I’ve been preaching about how talented this team is, I’m putting it four spots out of the playoffs. Trust me, it’s not what they don’t have. It’s what too many other teams in the West do have.
BEST OF MAXIM
It’s a pretty big night in Boston sports, but Wednesday night also marked opening night for the 2013-14 NBA season.
After the 2012-13 season, the New Orleans Hornets announced that the franchise was changing its name to the New Orleans Pelicans. On Wednesday night, the Pelicans introduced their new mascot — Pierre the Pelican.
The mascot designers, or whoever creates those things...
Anthony Davis is headed for breakout second season in the NBA, and he got off to a powerful start when he threw down this monster alley-oop against the Pacers.
The New Orleans Pelicans played the Indiana Pacers tough on Wednesday night, but eventually lost.
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The New Orleans Pelicans played the Indiana Pacers tough on Wednesday night, but eventually lost. However one of the most entertaining highlights was Pelicans’ Brian Roberts penetrating and then lobbing it high in the air to set up Anthony Davis for the high-flying alley-oop.
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When the announcement was made that the New Orleans Hornets were going to be renamed the Pelicans--which happens to be the state bird (Brown Pelican to be exact)--the new name largely drew one reaction--WTF?
When you think of a team mascot you think of things that will inspire people or put fear into the hearts of the enemy(I know it doesn't always happen that...
A few years back, during Southwest Airlines' "Wanna get away?" campaign, it ran an ad showing a rapper on stage bellowing out "Thank you, Detroit! We love you!" The crowd went silent and another member of the group whispered, "Detroit was last night."
Well, Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia was last year.
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Seems like everyone is pretty excited about the NBA season tipping off this week. There’s plenty of new faces in new places, one being former Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday, who is now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. I still can’t get over that name, Pelicans. Probably the least intimidating team name in history. Anyhow, Holiday took to the...
Tweet During the summer, the New Orleans Pelicans (lol) traded first round draft pick Nerlens Noel to the Philadelphia 76ers for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. Apparently, Holiday forgot that he plays for the Pelicans (lol) when he was addressing the home fans before Wednesday’s night season opener against the Pacers: Either Jrue had...
Jrue Holiday spent his first four seasons in the NBA with the Sixers, and was the focal point of the franchise before being traded away in a rebuilding effort this past summer.Although Jrue is embracing his position as a Pelican, he has not forgotten his Sixer roots, and while adressessing the Pelicans crowd in New Orleans on Wednesday night, Jrue made a small slip up: It seems Jrue...
Looking for the best alley-oop dunk of Wednesday night’s NBA action? We here at That NBA Lottery Pick have it for you.
It came during the New Orleans Pelicans/Indiana Pacers affair as Pelicans guard Andre Roberts found Anthony Davis for the soaring dunk:
Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson will miss 1-3 weeks with a toe injury. Anderson averaged 16.2 points and 6.4 rebounds a game for New Orleans last season.
According to the New Orleans Pelicans:
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that Ryan Anderson suffered a chip fracture in the second toe of his right foot. Team doctors examined Anderson after he experienced discomfort recently...
Former Sixers’ point guard, Jrue Holiday, accidentally had a mental lapse before his first game with the New Orleans Pelicans as he thanks fans for coming to the home opener “on behalf of the Sixers.” Oops.
h/t Ball Don’t Lie
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The new look, new name New Orleans Pelicans are all set to take flight this season amidst sky-high expectations, armed with a fortified roster and bolstered by a confidence building, 7-1 preseason.
The clouds of doubt about ownership are now banished: Wednesday night fans will see a New Orleans-themed team that drips with Crescent City references at every turn in its new branding...
Jrue Holiday must have watched the near quadruple double Michael Carter-Williams nearly put up, and got shook, because he totally committed a no-no last night while addressing Pelicans fans.
Holiday took a moment to address the home crowd in New Orleans as they celebrated their opening night debut as the Pelicans.
At some point during his speech, Holiday took a moment to thank the...
During Jrue Holiday's first game with the New Orleans Pelicans, he welcomed fans on behalf of the 76ers. Here's video of the hilarious fail.
Ryan Anderson has a chip fracture in the second toe of his right foot.
The New Orleans Pelicans will hold Anderson out 1-3 weeks to allow the injury to heal.