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2013-14 League Pass Legends: New Orleans Pellies

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The Pelicans, or as Zach Lowe says, the Pellies, had a pretty poor season last year, finishing second to last in a tough Western Conference. Unfortunately for the franchise, first overall pick Anthony Davis was sidelined throughout the season with various injuries and Austin Rivers may have had one of the worst statistical seasons of all time. And don’t forget Eric Gordon has barely played since he’s came to New Orleans. Whether he actually has a knee problem or he just really hates the franchise, they still have not been able to see the talented shooting guard at all. Remember, Gordon was pretty upset when they matched the Suns offer. Is his knee that bad? Who knows.

The Pelicans made a few puzzling moves this past offseason. They added the “quite talented yet can’t seem to put it all together” Tyreke Evans and also traded their rights to Nerlens Noel and a top five protected pick for young star guard Jrue Holliday. Assuming Gordon will be healthy, this gives the Pellies three players that like/need the ball in their hands at all times.

How is a team like this going to co exist? Can this very talented group of guards be able to play on the floor together? Although a three guard lineup may work out well in NBA 2k, lineups like that normally won’t fly in an ACTUAL NBA GAME. These are some issues that head coach Monty Williams is going to have trouble addressing.

Another thing I look forward to watching with this Pelicans squad is the emergence of Anthony Davis. Besides the injuries in his rookie season, Davis did have a pretty good year. When he was on the court, he averaged 13.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG, and 1.8 BPG, very respectable for a rookie. AD seems like a hard worker, so I will not be surprised if he takes another step this upcoming season. (He looked awesome in the Team USA Select Game.)

This Pelicans team will most likely not make the playoffs next year, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be an entertaining League Pass team.

Jake Weiner has his eyes on Rip City

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What’s up with the Pelicans?

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Thursday afternoon news broke that the Kings, Pelicans and Trail Blazers had agreed to a three team deal that had interesting implications for several players. The main components of the deal were as follows: The Kings sign and traded Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans. The Pelicans sent PG Greivis Vasquez to the Kings and big man Robin Lopez to Portland. Portland doled out some second round picks and some shit that nobody cares about.

For Sacramento, this trade is significant because in a way it signals the changing of the guard. The franchise has lived with the world’s largest black cloud hanging over its head for nearly the last decade, as the team has become a laughing stock in the league. Owned by the financially troubled Maloof brothers, the franchise seemingly made bad decision after bad decision. With a new ownership group, front office and coaching staff, some of those previous blunders are being undone. Letting Tyreke go is a bit of foreshadowing with how I believe the team will deal with DeMarcus Cousins.

But when taking a look at the Pelicans roster, it’s not hard to notice that this club is constructed more like a fantasy team than a team looking to vie for a playoff spot in the incredibly challenging and deep Western Conference. The Pelicans now employ three different players who:

1. Are all being paid over $10 million a year

2. Are not known for their ability to catch and shoot

3.  Are accustomed to having the ball in their hands all the time.

Even if Monty Williams is able to coax Tyreke into either coming off the bench or playing small forward, I believe it is going to be hard for this team to manufacture points. Yes, they still employ Ryan Anderson, a top shooter in the entire league, and who knows what year two of The Brow will look like, but the totally revamped backcourt in New Orleans is going to run into some trouble.

And this is just looking at the pure playing styles of all three of these guards. The personalities of these players also raise a lot of questions in a game where teamwork is indispensable. Eric Gordon, the big prize in the controversial Chris Paul trade from two summers ago, has not panned out like many NBA experts had predicted. While injuries have robbed him of the necessary court time to put his personal stamp on the team, there have been off the court episodes that have raised some red flags for the organization. Last year, as a restricted free agent, Gordon signed a giant offer sheet from the Phoenix Suns and then told members of the media that “Phoenix is where my heart is now.” When the Hornets (they were the Hornets back in those days) matched the offer sheet, Gordon was very upset. He missed the first several months of the 2012-13 NBA season with a mysterious knee injury that some people speculated was not as bad as Gordon was making it seem, using the injury as a way to force New Orleans to trade him.

While the Pelis (can I start that? is that cool?) may not be done wheeling and dealing, it seems as though this is going to be the core next season. For all I know, having so many capable pick and roll ball handlers could serve as an advantage that no other team can match up against. Austin Rivers could take a step forward, seeing as he literally cannot take any more steps backward.

The only sure thing is that this NBA offseason has been wild so far and is still far from being over.