New Orleans Pelicans Roster 2020 Pelicans Roster

24-32, 5th in West Southwest

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 Jrue Holiday Jrue Holiday J. Holiday 11
#27 PG 1 6' 2" 202 29 6/12/90 11th season UCLA
PG Lonzo Ball Lonzo Ball L. Ball 2
#39 PG 1 6' 5" 189 21 10/27/97 3rd season UCLA
PG Frank Jackson Frank Jackson F. Jackson 15
#69 PG 2 6' 2" 202 21 5/4/98 2nd season Duke
PG E'Twaun Moore E'Twaun Moore E. Moore 55
#76 PG 2 6' 2" 189 30 2/25/89 9th season Purdue
PG J.J. Redick J.J. Redick J. Redick 4
#29 PG 3 6' 2" 198 35 6/24/84 14th season Duke
PG Josh Gray Josh Gray J. Gray 5
#101 PG 6' 0" 178 26 9/9/93 2nd season LSU
SG Nickeil Alexander-Walker Nickeil Alexander-Walker N. Alexander-Walker 0
#46 SG 4 6' 5" 202 21 9/2/98 Rookie Virginia Tech
SF Josh Hart Josh Hart J. Hart 3
#28 SF 2 6' 5" 213 24 3/6/95 3rd season Villanova
SF Darius Miller Darius Miller D. Miller 21
#48 SF 3 6' 5" 224 29 3/21/90 6th season Kentucky
SF Zylan Cheatham Zylan Cheatham Z. Cheatham 45
#67 SF 6' 5" 218 23 11/17/95 Rookie
PF Zion Williamson Zion Williamson Z. Williamson 1
#14 PF 1 6' 5" 284 19 7/6/00 Rookie Duke
PF Brandon Ingram Brandon Ingram B. Ingram 14
#15 PF 1 6' 7" 189 22 9/2/97 4th season Duke
PF Kenrich Williams Kenrich Williams K. Williams 34
#79 PF 2 6' 5" 209 24 12/2/94 2nd season TCU
C Derrick Favors Derrick Favors D. Favors 22
#25 C 1 6' 9" 264 28 7/15/91 10th season Georgia Tech
C Jahlil Okafor Jahlil Okafor J. Okafor 9
#66 C 2 6' 9" 273 23 12/15/95 5th season Duke
C Jaxson Hayes Jaxson Hayes J. Hayes 10
#75 C 3 6' 11" 218 19 5/23/00 Rookie Texas
C Nicolo Melli Nicolo Melli N. Melli 20
#77 C 3 6' 9" 233 28 1/26/91 Rookie

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.