New Orleans Pelicans Roster 2020 Pelicans Roster

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The New Orleans Pelicans were arguably one of the biggest winners of the offseason, and that’s even considering them trading away superstar Anthony Davis. It started when they pulled off an unlikely lottery victory, enabling them to draft Zion Williamson with the top pick in the draft and getting their new face of the franchise. This lucky turnout made it easier for the Pelicans to grant AD’s request to be traded, and they got a massive haul from the Los Angeles Lakers including Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and a treasure chest worth of first round picks and pick swaps that should allow New Orleans to bring in quality young talent for the foreseeable future. Additionally, they were able to sign veterans JJ Redick and Derrick Favors, a clear signal that the rest of the league is beginning to notice that the Pelicans are not only building for the future, but could perhaps be ready to contend sooner rather than later.

Pos Name Jersey Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. College
PG
Lonzo Ball
Lonzo Ball L. Ball
2
82
#53 PG 1 6' 5" 189 21 10/27/97 3rd season UCLA
PG
Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday J. Holiday
11
81
#21 PG 1 6' 2" 202 29 6/12/90 11th season UCLA
PG
E'Twaun Moore
E'Twaun Moore E. Moore
55
74
#71 PG 2 6' 2" 189 30 2/25/89 9th season Purdue
PG
Frank Jackson
Frank Jackson F. Jackson
15
72
#77 PG 2 6' 2" 202 21 5/4/98 2nd season Duke
PG
J.J. Redick
J.J. Redick J. Redick
4
80
#29 PG 3 6' 2" 198 35 6/24/84 14th season Duke
PG
Josh Gray
Josh Gray J. Gray
5
68
#107 PG 6' 0" 178 26 9/9/93 2nd season LSU
SG
Nickeil Alexander-Walker
Nickeil Alexander-Walker N. Alexander-Walker
0
72
#25 SG 4 6' 5" 202 21 9/2/98 Rookie Virginia Tech
SF
Josh Hart
Josh Hart J. Hart
3
73
#46 SF 2 6' 5" 213 24 3/6/95 3rd season Villanova
SF
Darius Miller
Darius Miller D. Miller
21
70
#35 SF 3 6' 5" 224 29 3/21/90 6th season Kentucky
SF
Zylan Cheatham
Zylan Cheatham Z. Cheatham
45
70
#85 SF 6' 5" 218 23 11/17/95 Rookie
PF
Brandon Ingram
Brandon Ingram B. Ingram
14
89
#4 PF 1 6' 7" 189 22 9/2/97 4th season Duke
PF
Zion Williamson
Zion Williamson Z. Williamson
1
85
#16 PF 1 6' 5" 284 19 7/6/00 Rookie Duke
PF
Kenrich Williams
Kenrich Williams K. Williams
34
74
#97 PF 2 6' 5" 209 24 12/2/94 2nd season TCU
C
Derrick Favors
Derrick Favors D. Favors
22
77
#39 C 1 6' 9" 264 28 7/15/91 10th season Georgia Tech
C
Jahlil Okafor
Jahlil Okafor J. Okafor
9
80
#71 C 2 6' 9" 273 23 12/15/95 5th season Duke
C
Nicolo Melli
Nicolo Melli N. Melli
20
79
#83 C 3 6' 9" 233 28 1/26/91 Rookie
C
Jaxson Hayes
Jaxson Hayes J. Hayes
10
77
#37 C 3 6' 11" 218 19 5/23/00 Rookie Texas

2019-2020 New Orleans Pelicans Roster Top 3 Questions

What to Expect from Zion?

Zion Williamson will make his NBA debut in October as perhaps the most highly touted prospect since LeBron James. His combination of athleticism, explosiveness, basketball IQ, and innate drive to get better is already drawing comparisons to some of the greatest to ever to play the game, and New Orleans figures that Williamson will be the franchise star for years to come. However, if there is anything that may hold him back early on in his career, it would be his lack of a consistent outside shot. The situation isn’t as bad as the likes of Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz, but it wouldn’t be surprising if defenses sag off and allow him to shoot from long distance as much as he would like rather than giving him open driving lanes.

Do They Have Enough Shooting?

Outside of newly acquired sharpshooter JJ Redick, the glaring weakness of this roster is the lack of 3-point shooting. Providing Zion with floor spacing will be imperative to his success while he develops his jump shot, and currently opposing teams will be able to clog the lane while leaving the rest of the Pelicans open from 3 because they aren’t posing a major threat from out there yet. This is where the improvement from guys like Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball becomes critical, since if they can become legitimate shooting threats from the perimeter then the Pelicans will be able to optimize their offensive potential.

Who Starts?

While Zion Williamson and Jrue Holiday figure to be locks, the rest of the starting lineup is up in the air for the Pelicans. On the wing, it appeared that newly acquired wings Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram were poised to earn the job, but it would be interesting if head coach Alvin Gentry will slide Redick into the starting shooting guard position in order to space the floor. This may halt the progression of their young guys, but it could lead to more immediate success on the court. At the center position, it looks like it will be a battle between Derrick Favors and rookie Jaxson Hayes, with the determining factor probably being whether the organization wants to prioritize winning now or long-term development.