Take everything you previously thought you knew about the Pelicans and throw it out the window. This year, their starting lineup is completely shaken up from the 2018/19 campaign and they are shaping up to be an incredibly exciting team to watch this year. After landing the first pick (Zion) in the lottery, fans eagerly awaited what would happen with Anthony Davis. One big trade with the Lakers set the Pelicans up with draft picks galore and a slew of new players added to their lineup, but no more Anthony Davis.
After enduring a season ending abdominal injury that put him out of the lineup last year, Holiday will return this season with a new supporting cast. Before his injury, he was averaging a cool 21.2 points per game with 7.7 assists. Those assist numbers had him rated at 9th overall in the league. Unsurprisingly, Holiday has dominated Summer League this year, putting up crazy points game after game. I wouldn't be surprised if shaking up the players around him this year puts him on pace for a career year.
SG: JJ Redick
Ah, JJ Redick, the guy you absolutely hate to see in the opposing team's lineup when you sit down to watch your favorite team. Not necessarily because he's dominant, but he always seems to get hot behind the arc at the most inconvenient (for other teams) times. He was upsetting opposing fans even back in his Duke days. As his stint with the 76ers came to a close in free agency this year, the Pelicans were able to scoop him up which I absolutely love for them. Having a player as dangerous behind the arc as he is with Zion on the boards will make for tough defensive possessions for other teams.
SF: Brandon Ingram
Coming over in the A.D. Lakers trade, Brandon Ingram will suit up at the small forward position for the Pelicans this year. Ingram's season was cut short at 52 games last year due to a shoulder injury, but before that he was averaging 18.3 points per game with 5.1 rebounds. He'll fit in nicely with this refurbished Pelicans lineup, getting good looks on the boards and helping the team power through offensive possessions. I like this pickup for the Pelicans.
PF: Zion Williamson
You would have had to have been living under a rock to miss the hype following Zion around his season with Duke last year into the NBA draft. Zion averaged 22.6 points per game for Duke with an astounding FG% of 68.0 on the year. His physical build matched with his sheer, raw athletic abilities are unlike anything we've seen in the game of baseball before. There's so much to say about Zion that there's almost nothing to say, if that makes sense, but just know that everyone around the country (and presumably the world) will be tuning into Pelicans' games to see how this kid pans out in the NBA.
C: Derrick Favors
After just having finished his 9th season with the Jazz, Derrick Favors will suit up in a Pelicans jersey in his first game of 2019. He's currently probably the weakest link in the Pelican's starting 5, but that doesn't mean he's horrible. He's a pretty average center who averaged 7.4 rebounds per game last year which put him at 48th overall in the NBA. His 11.8 points per game is nice, but it's nothing to write home about. If him and Zion can develop a good chemistry in the paint, I don't see this front court being stopped.