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Last year was the season when the New Orleans Pelicans finally figured out the best way to use Anthony Davis and build a team around him. Even though DeMarcus Cousins went down with a season-ending injury, the Pelicans still won 48 games and reached the conference semifinals. The Hornets have the right pieces around Davis to allow him to reach his superstar potential. Now, there is no doubt about the kind of team that the Pelicans are. They will push the pace relentlessly and rely on their defense. The Pelicans' front office had a great offseason, making several key signings in an attempt to consolidate their position in the Western Conference. After many years of false starts, the Pelicans are now primed to be a consistent presence in the playoffs provided they can keep Davis happy and in town. Coach Alvin Gentry now has the right cast to run his system.

Pos Name Jersey Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. College
PG Jrue Holiday Jrue Holiday J. Holiday 11
#9 PG 1 6' 4" 205 28 6/12/90 10th season UCLA
PG Elfrid Payton Elfrid Payton E. Payton 4
#32 PG 1 6' 4" 185 24 2/22/94 5th season Louisiana-Lafayette
PG Frank Jackson Frank Jackson F. Jackson 15
2 6' 3" 205 20 5/4/98 Rookie Duke
PG Dairis Bertans Dairis Bertans D. Bertans 9
3 6' 4" 200 29 9/9/89 Rookie
SG Ian Clark Ian Clark I. Clark 2
#57 SG 2 6' 3" 175 27 3/7/91 6th season Belmont
SG E'Twaun Moore E'Twaun Moore E. Moore 55
#31 SG 6' 4" 191 29 2/25/89 8th season Purdue
SF Darius Miller Darius Miller D. Miller 21
#54 SF 2 6' 8" 225 28 3/21/90 5th season Kentucky
SF Stanley Johnson Stanley Johnson S. Johnson 3
#41 SF 3 6' 7" 245 22 5/29/96 4th season Arizona
SF Solomon Hill Solomon Hill S. Hill 44
#50 SF 3 6' 7" 225 27 3/18/91 6th season Arizona
PF Anthony Davis Anthony Davis A. Davis 23
#1 PF 1 6' 10" 253 25 3/11/93 7th season Kentucky
PF Julius Randle Julius Randle J. Randle 30
#19 PF 1 6' 9" 250 23 11/29/94 5th season Kentucky
PF Kenrich Williams Kenrich Williams K. Williams 34
1 6' 7" 210 23 12/2/94 Rookie TCU
PF Cheick Diallo Cheick Diallo C. Diallo 13
#70 PF 2 6' 9" 220 22 9/13/96 3rd season Kansas
PF Christian Wood Christian Wood C. Wood 35
3 6' 10" 214 23 9/27/95 3rd season UNLV
PF Trevon Bluiett Trevon Bluiett T. Bluiett 5
6' 6" 198 23 11/4/94 Rookie Xavier
C Jahlil Okafor Jahlil Okafor J. Okafor 8
2 6' 11" 275 22 12/15/95 4th season Duke

New Orleans Pelicans Roster Top 3 Questions

Anthony Davis leads the Pelicans, posting monster stats game in and game out. They added DeMarcus Cousins last year, but the fit with Davis has not exactly paid dividends. Cousins is a free agent coming up, and Davis played well with Nikola Mirotic when Cousins tore his achilles. Mirotic is a stretch four who struggled with his shot this season, but is a player that can be beneficial to the Pelicans moving forward. Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo round out the backcourt, and Holiday took a major step this past year, especially on the defensive side. Outside of these names, the Pelicans lack role players. E’Twaun Moore is a three point specialist, but not much more. Ian Clark, Darius Miller, and Emeka Okafor are not viable options in the long run. However, Cheick Diallo showed why he has a promising future if he can get more minutes on the court.

How Will Davis' Contract Situation Factor?

It cannot be stated firmly enough that Davis is the franchise. Next summer, he is eligible to sign a Supermax extension. The question is whether Davis will sign his extension at the first possible opportunity or whether he will wait. He has hired LeBron James' agents which has to make folks in the Big Easy feel uneasy. Davis was practically fully healthy last season and posted his second straight year averaging over 28 points and 11 rebounds per game. Even without Cousins, the Pelicans have put the best possible lineup around him. While Davis is still under contract for three more years, at some point, the Pelicans will have to deal him if they are not confident of signing him long-term. At the same time, winning is the best persuasion, so a repeat playoff berth could give Davis more confidence to put pen to paper.

Can Mirotic Repeat Last Season?

What a difference a season makes for Nikola Mirotic. Last preseason, Mirotic was in the headlines for being the victim of an assault by teammate Bobby Portis. After a trading deadline move to New Orleans, Mirotic became the missing ingredient that helped New Orleans rally without Cousins. Mirotic's game seems to compliment that of Davis. The two of them together on the floor give New Orleans an efficient offense. Now in the starting lineup, Mirotic has a continuous green light to shoot from the stretch four spot. If Mirotic can learn to play small forward, the Pelicans can get him and Julius Randle on the floor at the same time.

Will the Reclamation Projects Succeed?

The Pelicans made two potentially very smart signings in the offseason. Elfrid Payton never seemed to live up to his potential in Orlando, causing the Magic to perhaps prematurely throw in the towel on him. Jahlil Okafor has confounded the experts who saw him as an offensive force in the league. The Pelicans signed both to low-risk deals during free agency. If New Orleans can get any production from these two, it will be an added bonus to the second unit.