The NBA 30 in 30 is a look at each team as the coming 2013-2014 season approaches. This look reviews their current roster, last year's experience, new developments and a prediction as to where the organization will end at the conclusion of the upcoming year of NBA action.
A name change is a hope to change the culture of a team that has been struggling but the New Orleans Pelicans may be in for another year of hardship. The team formerly known as the New Orleans Hornets will improve over their performance from last year if everyone can stay healthy, however they will not make enough of a leap to be a threat to make the playoffs in the Western Conference.
Second year player Anthony Davis may be the most valuable player on this roster. Unfortunately for the Hornets he struggles with injuries that keep him off the court. Even still he averaged 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per outing last season. If he can stay on the court all year those numbers will surely increase; especially with Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday in the guard positions.
Jrue is coming off of an All-Star season and a surprise trade from the Philadelphia 76ers on draft day. Last year he brought in 17.7 points and 8 assists while leading the offense in Philly and those numbers were some of the best in the league. His abilities will surely improve the other players on the court which include Gordon who earned 17 points of his own.
The Pelicans have also put together a young but talented second team which will feature second year player Austin Rivers and Anthony Morrow.
The New Orleans Pelicans do not feature any player that is older than 27 years of age and that inexperience will cost them at key points of the year. They may be exciting to watch at some points, but this roster will continue to sputter as they work to build a new legacy under a new banner.
Expected Stating Lineup with 2012-2013 Stats
Jrue Holiday, PG: 17.7 PPG, 8 APG
Eric Gordon, SG: 17 PPG, 3.3 APG
Lance Thomas, SF: 2.5 PPG, 1.9 APG
Anthony Davis, PF: 13.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG
Greg Stiemsma, C: 4 PPG, 3.4 RPG
Expected Season Finish
13th in the Western Conference