2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players the New Orleans Pelicans Should Target

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2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players the New Orleans Pelicans Should Target

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USA TODAY Sports- Rick Osentoski

The New Orleans Pelicans are in a tough spot when it concerns the draftt, because they traded their first round pick to get Jrue Holiday. It does not mean they can't try and get back into the mix, but it would probably require trading one of their young assets.

Anthony Davis is certainly not on the block, and he might even be the least trade-able player in the league. It is a shame that his performance has been hidden a bit by the Pelicans' bad record this season. It does seem that brighter days are ahead with "the Unibrow" patrolling the paint. Now, they just have to put the pieces around him in order to turn this into a contending squad. The closest this organization ever came to the Finals was when Chris Paul took them to the Western Conference Finals, and they would certainly be closer to returning if they could give Davis a guard to run with like CP3.

This slideshow will mainly look at second round talent, but we will also throw a couple blue chippers in the mix as well. If you do not agree, then feel free to hit me up on twitter. Just know that I am quite stubborn in most of my opinions, and it is often hard to push me off of my original instinct.

For any depressed basketball fans in New Orleans, just know that it is a lot warmer where you live then in Chicago, where they are considering changing the name from Lake Michigan to Glacier Michigan.

Thanks as always for reading, and enjoy.

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5. Adreian Payne

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Payne has been working hard for the Michigan State Spartans, and one day he will be drafted by an NBA team. Whether that team is the Pelicans still remains to be seen, but his toughness on the court is difficult to teach.

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4. Doug McDermott

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This is probably the only lottery pick on this list, because the Pelicans would likely need to trade up to get McDermott. He is a special talent though, and my belief is that McDermott will have quite a long career.

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3. James Michael McAdoo

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McAdoo's motor has been challenged at times, but his talent is hard to deny. He would most likely be a bench option for the Pelicans, but he could be an excellent backup for Davis. One more (former) Tar Heek follows on the next slide, but I wonder if you can guess it before you click.

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2. PJ Hairston

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Hairston was playing for the D-League after his troubles earlier this season with the UNC Tar Heels; he is a player with excellent shooting touch and would help the Pelicans tremendously with his floor spacing. Promise that is all for the Heels on this list.

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1. Cleanthony Early

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The Wichita State Shockers are the only undefeated team left in the country, and Early has been a huge part of that. At 6-foot-8, he would give Davis another quality forward to throw the ball too. Now, we will just have to see if the Shockers can go undefeated in the postseason too.

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