After one year with Anthony Davis, the Pelicans tried to skip rebuilding and may have stumbled in the process
The New Orleans Pelicans may not be good at drafting but at least they're doing something about it by trading lottery picks for proven players.
The New Orleans Pelicans made a big decision on draft night last summer. Packaging their lottery pick (or Nerlens Noel, as it turned out to be) in a deal for All-Star Jrue Holiday set them on a fast rebuilding track, one quite different from the likes of the 76ers, Bucks and Jazz.
[caption id="attachment_8167" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Dec 4, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday (11) reacts after hitting a shot against the Dallas Mavericks
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The New Orleans Pelicans like to run pick-and-rolls a lot. In fact, through their 29 games so far this season, they've used it in 35.3 percent of their offensive sets because it's been that good to them. A lot of that has to do with the fact that they acquired the pick-and-roll fiend that is Jrue Holiday in the off-season.
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Basic individual statistics never appropriate actual on-court value. To a certain degree, all players are
It took over 62 minutes and three overtimes of basketball, but a winner was finally decided in the Chicago Bulls (7-9) - New Orleans Pelicans (9-8) match-up on Monday night.
With the game knotted up at
Resume: 17.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.0 assists (4th in league), 1.6 steals, 37.5 minutes, 43% FG, 37% 3PT, and 75% FT… Team record in games played: 34-44 (0-4 without)… All-Star
[caption id="attachment_5071" align="alignright" width="300"] October 13, 2012; Atlantic City, NJ, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) drives against Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday (11)