New Orleans Pelicans 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
New Orleans Pelicans 2016 Preview
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The New Orleans Pelicans won just 30 games last season and now the pressure is on Alvin Gentry to turn things around. Remember, the Pelicans made the playoffs in the last season under Monty Williams and the franchise can’t keep wasting the youth of Anthony Davis.
Can the Pelicans get back in the playoff conversation?
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Here is your 2016 New Orleans Pelicans NBA preview.
Key Player Losses: The Pelicans lost their second-leading scorer and sharpshooter in Ryan Anderson, who spent the last four seasons in New Orleans. Anderson averaged a career high 17 points last season and he’s a career 37.7 percent shooter from deep. Eric Gordon leaves after five seasons with the Pelicans, as he racked up more than 3,300 points and 700 assists during that span, however, health was an issue. Luke Babbitt spent three seasons in New Orleans and made 43.6 percent of his threes during that stretch.
Key Player Additions: New Orleans added a handful of role players during the offseason including E'Twaun Moore, Terrence Jones, Solomon Hill and Langston Galloway. Jones is a capable double-digit scorer and can do a lot of the dirty work in the paint when on the court. Moore is coming off his best shooting season of his career and could thrive in an expanded role. Galloway was a bright spot at times for the Knicks and Hill was a consistent player who defended well in his three seasons in Indiana.
Draft: The Pelicans got one of the more NBA ready players in Buddy Hield, who has the potential to be an All Star caliber player. Hield is a flat out scorer and a guy who isn’t afraid of the moment. Hield is also an extremely hard worker and very mature at 22 years old. Hield is somebody who can help the Pelicans right away and should see key minutes off the bench at shooting guard.
Overall: Injuries didn’t help the Pelicans last season at all. When healthy, New Orleans can once again be one of those final teams competing for a playoff berth. The Pelicans added depth with a bunch of free agent signings, and the team would go a long way if Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans can play a full season. There’s also some guy named Anthony Davis who masks a lot of weaknesses and can help steal games by himself. It’s going to be another up-and-down season for the Pelicans, but if healthy, this is a club that can keep their nose in the playoff convo until the very end.