New Orleans Pelicans: 5 Players Who Will Make You Forget All About The “Hornets”

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5 Players The Pelicans Can Count On

5 Players The Pelicans Can Count On
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27-55 is the record the New Orleans Hornets ended last year with, but this team isn’t the Hornets anymore, and it looks a bit different then what was on the court last year. Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans are new faces who the New Orleans Pelicans can expect to help their team this season. The Pelicans need more than just Holiday and Evans in order to improve this season. Starting shooting guard Eric Gordon has been injury prone just about his whole career, so his health is a major factor this season, as well.

With no Robin Lopez in 2013, there are some major changes inside the paint for the Pelicans. Ryan Anderson goes from first off the bench to starting power forward. That means Anthony Davis is now the full-time starting center. Outside of those two, there isn’t much depth on the interior. The two rookies from last year, Brian Roberts and Austin Rivers, are back again this year hoping to build upon their rookie campaigns.

Al-Farouq Aminu is currently the starting small forward, but how well he plays on the court determines just how many minutes he will get this season. With the acquisition of Tyreke Evans, when he’s healthy and ready to play, he can play three different positions and small forward is of them. Evans will take minutes from Al-Farouq if he isn’t able to hold his own on the court, but with the lack of interior depth, he could still see playing time, but at power forward instead.

The Pelicans should be better this year, but if these five players step up, they’ll definitely be better than they were last season.

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Jeff Withey

Jeff Withey
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With no Robin Lopez on this Pelican team, the interior isn't very deep. If this second-round rookie can impress, he can become the main backup for the big men on this team.

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Tyreke Evans

Tyreke Evans
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Although he's currently injured, Evans can be Mr. Versatility for the Pelicans due to his ability to play point guard, shooting guard and small forward.

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Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon
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Starting the season healthy is the first thing Eric Gordon can do to improve this team. The second thing is play good ball. He can score with the best of them and that's what the Pelicans will need.

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Jrue Holiday

Jrue Holiday
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Holiday is coming to New Orleans from Philadelphia. His job will be to score when needed, but he has to make sure he can create enough opportunities for the likes of Evans, Gordon and Davis to get the ball. He should be able to increase his assists playing for the Pelicans.

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Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis
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Anthony Davis takes over full time at center this season. If he's able to put all of his skills together this year, he'll be able to help the Pelicans a lot more than he did in year one.

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  • loudlikepat

    Davis is starting at PF, Steisma is starting at C. Anderson and Evans are coming off the bench.