5 Biggest Positives For New Orleans Hornets' 2015-16 Season

By Chipper Murphy

The New Orleans Pelicans had a disappointing season as Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans and Ryan Anderson all missed significant time due to injury. It spoiled the first season under head coach Alvin Gentry, brought in to build in on last season’s surprise playoff appearance. Still, these five positives can be taken away from the season that was.

5 Biggest Positives For New Orleans Hornets\' 2015-16 Season
← Tip: Use keyboard arrows to navigate →

5. Alvin Gentry Is The Right Coach

Alvin Gentry Is The Right Coach Credit: Getty Images
It was one season, and an injury ravaged one at that. Alvin Gentry was the right hire to turn the offense around. When he has a healthy team, the results will change.

5. Alvin Gentry Is The Right Coach

It was one season, and an injury ravaged one at that. Alvin Gentry was the right hire to turn the offense around. When he has a healthy team, the results will change.

4. They Made Their Threes

They Made Their Threes Credit: Getty Images
The Pelicans need more three-point shooters to complement Gentry's up-tempo style, because when they took them this season they made them at a 36 percent clip. That number was good for ninth in the NBA.

4. They Made Their Threes

The Pelicans need more three-point shooters to complement Gentry's up-tempo style, because when they took them this season they made them at a 36 percent clip. That number was good for ninth in the NBA.

3. They Took Care Of The Ball

They Took Care Of The Ball Credit: Getty Images
Despite playing at a fast pace, the Pelicans rarely made mistakes. They were sixth in the league in turnover percentage.

3. They Took Care Of The Ball

Despite playing at a fast pace, the Pelicans rarely made mistakes. They were sixth in the league in turnover percentage.

2. They Were A Great Defensive Rebounding Team

They Were A Great Defensive Rebounding Team Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Anthony Davis, Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca all had defensive rebound percentages of higher than 25 percent. The Pelicans were fourth in defensive rebound rate. If only they could've stopped teams more.

2. They Were A Great Defensive Rebounding Team

Anthony Davis, Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca all had defensive rebound percentages of higher than 25 percent. The Pelicans were fourth in defensive rebound rate. If only they could've stopped teams more.

1. They Were Good In The Pick And Roll

They Were Good In The Pick And Roll Credit: Getty Images
According to NBA Stats, the Pels were in the 79th percentile in points per possession when a player was the ball handler in the pick and roll. the This was due largely in part to Jrue Holiday. If he could just stay healthy.

1. They Were Good In The Pick And Roll

According to NBA Stats, the Pels were in the 79th percentile in points per possession when a player was the ball handler in the pick and roll. the This was due largely in part to Jrue Holiday. If he could just stay healthy.

You May Also Like