Entering the 2013-14 NBA season, it feels as though there is something different beginning to emerge — the kind of team that you just feel is going to be different than those around it. In the New Orleans Pelicans, an aura has slowly begun to form, currently invisible to the naked eye but right before your eyes if you choose to stare at it long enough.
In Anthony Davis, we have the next Kevin Garnett already tying his sneakers each night in a Pelicans jersey. In Jrue Holiday, there lies a defensively stout All-Star level point guard who fails to draw a significant reaction from anyone and is accepted at the level designated for him by all.
In Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans, the Pelicans possess two excellent perimeter talents that have each had the label of future superstar thrust upon them. In the duo, they have a pair that is a mere lucky run of health away from regaining the swagger, the edge and the cockiness that made can’t-miss talents instead of names in trade rumors.
It only gets better once you realize the four of them are 20, 23, 24 and 24.
Translation: the NBA better had ready itself for the storm that is going to come from the south that will engulf the league with showers of 3-pointers, blocks, hustle plays, clutch baskets, division titles, NBA finals appearances and golden rings that are all but written in the Pelicans’ future.
As with anything that one becomes good at or achieves in life, there will be bumps in the road. With the Pelicans, that challenge begins first and foremost with time. As the San Antonio Spurs took the better part of a decade to become the telepathically connected beings they appear to be on the basketball court, so must the Pelicans sit and wait as seasons unite the four talented stars in New Orleans.
The ingredients are present for the future that is to come and the players are slowly moving along. Already this season, Davis has emerged into the superstar we all knew was inevitable, Holiday has further cemented his status while Gordon is slowly beginning to trust the body once more and rebuild the mind. Meanwhile, Evans looks to finally land both feet firmly in his new home and dazzle as he did for the Sacramento Kings in Arco Arena.
The time draws ever nearer — the arrival of the next great franchise destined to entertain and draw our attention for the next decade has come upon us.