NBA Season Preview: New Orleans Pelicans

Sam Amico


Camp Location:Pelicans Practice Facility, Metairie, La.

Coach:Alvin Gentry, second year with Pelicans; 13 years overall; 365-422.

Last Season:30-52, did not make playoffs.

Key Returnees:Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans, Omer Asik, Alexis Ajinca, Dante Cunningham, Jrue Holiday, Tim Frazier, Alonzo Gee, Quincy Pondexter.

Key Additions:Buddy Hield (rookie, Oklahoma), Terrence Jones (Houston), Chris Copeland (Milwaukee), Langston Galloway (New York), Solomon Hill (Indiana), E’Twaun Moore (Chicago), Lance Stephenson (Memphis).

Key Losses:Ryan Anderson (Houston), Eric Gordon (Houston), Luke Babbitt (Miami), Norris Cole (China), Bryce Dejean-Jones, Toney Douglas (free agent), James Ennis (Memphis), Jordan Hamilton (Tofas), Kendrick Perkins (free agent).

Outlook:It's Anthony Davis and a bunch of guys who are nice role players and nothing more. Welcome to another year of Pelicans basketball. Perhaps the best hope outside of Davis? Buddy Hield, a rookie who may be a little undersized to play shooting guard in the NBA. In other words, Hield is another question mark in a long line of them in New Orleans. You have to wonder -- in these days of guys switching teams simply because that's what they were taught in AAU -- how much longer Davis will be here. All that said, Davis alone can make this a team to watch. But let's be honest, it's not going anywhere.