Additional New Orleans Pelicans Info
The New Orleans Pelicans finished 2018-2019 33-49, tied for the second-worst record in the Western Conference with two other teams. That’s about all that can be said about last season for the Pelicans. Everything that happened to this franchise happened after the season was over. Star forward Anthony Davis demanded a trade, and got one, getting sent to the Lakers for point guard Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart, plus three first-round draft choices. Thanks to the lottery, the Pelicans owned the first overall selection as well. So lots of ammo for the franchise to find their way out of the basement with.
They started by selecting Duke power forward Zion Williamson number one overall. Thanks to another pre-draft trade, New Orleans ended up with the eighth and 17th selections overall as well. At number eight overall they selected center Jaxson Hayes from Texas. At 17 overall they ended up with shooting guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker from Virginia Tech. In free agency, New Orleans added sharpshooter shooting guard J.J. Reddick and power forward Nicolo Melli.
So far this season, Brandon Ingram is leading the way with 24.9 points per game. Right behind him is shooting guard Jrue Holiday at 19.6 points per game. This will be a long process for this franchise, but hopefully they are finally on the right track.
2017-2018 was another year of “frustration” for Pelicans fans if you want to call it frustration. Yes they finished with enough wins to barely make the NBA playoffs. In round one, they shocked the NBA world by upsetting the third seeded Portland Trailblazer in a sweep. That came before losing in round two to the Golden State Warriors. Pelicans fans feel that their frustration has more to do with the fact that New Orleans has the best big man in the game. That would be power forward Anthony Davis, who has very little to show, for his time in the Big Easy. So what did they do to try to correct their early playoff departure this off season?
Yes, they made the big trade midseason last year for center DeMarcus Cousins but he suffered a season-ending injury soon after the trade, and for the short time he was in uniform for the team, the duo of Cousins and Davis did not mesh well. Due to the Cousins trade, the Pelicans did not have a first-round draft choice, so they ended up having to do their work through free agency, of which, they did very little. They signed forward Julius Randle for two years and re-signed guard Ian Clark for one year.
In the past, DeMarcus Cousins has been quite vocal about his frustration with the organization. A lot of fans may not like it, but the NBA has become all about stars teaming up to form “Super Teams.” The Pelicans tried to start that effort last year with the Cousins trade, but that blew up in their face. One must wonder now if the Pelicans have given up, and are waiting for a team to offer a blockbuster deal for their disgruntled star.