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Accelerating the clock: New Orleans PELICANS Season Preview

Starting Five: PG Jrue Holiday, SG Eric Gordon, SF Al-Farouq Aminu, PF Anthony Davis, C Greg Stiemmsma
 
Key bench players: G/F Tyreke Evans, PF Ryan Anderson, SF Anthony Morrow, C Jeff Withey
 
Offseason additions: Holiday, Evans, Stiemmsma, Morrow
 
Offseason subtractions: PG Greivis Vasquez, C Robin Lopez
 
FACT OR FICTION: “New Orleans Pelicans” has a good ring to it.
 
FICTION. Let’s move on.
 
FACT OR FICTION: The Pelicans did the right thing by trading for Jrue Holiday.
 
FACT. Potential is a funny thing. It’s impossible to put value on an unknown, so it allows us to overvalue just for the sake of doing so. Nerlens Noel, drafted #1 overall by New Orleans but subsequently traded to Philadelphia, is brimming with potential, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Today’s rim protectors are more valuable than ever because the league is moving toward efficient offenses. For example, the pick and roll is designed to give the ball-handler a plethora of options that result in high percentage shots, such as layups, corner 3s, and any open shots that may force the defense to foul. Furthermore, pairing Noel with Anthony Davis would give the Pelicans TWO protectors, which is a sweet fallback whenever the opposing offense forces one of them into a high-PnR situation.… Read more...

Instant Trade Analysis: Tyreke Evans to the New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans get: G Tyreke Evans, C Jeff Withey
 
Sacramento Kings get: PG Greivis Vasquez, two 2nd round picks
 
Portland Trailblazers get: C Robin Lopez, PG Terrel Harris
 
One of the worst kept secrets in all of basketball came to pass today, as Tyreke Evans was finally signed and traded to the New Orleans Hornets from the Sacramento Kings with a new four year, $44 million dollar contract. In return for their cooperation in not matching Evans’ offer sheet, Sacto received 2013 Most Improved Player runner-up Greivis Vasquez. The Portland Trailblazers completed the deal, sending 2013 second round pick C Jeff Withey to NOLA and taking on Robin Lopez. … Read more...

Instant Trade Analysis: Jrue Holiday to New Orleans, Nerlens Noel to Philly

Philadelphia 76ers get: C Nerlens Noel, 2014 protected first-round draft pick
 
New Orleans Pelicans get: PG Jrue Holiday, PG Pierre Jackson (2013 42nd overall pick)
 
There were around a dozen trades last night, and similar to the Nets-Celtics deal, this pact between the Sixers and newly christened Pelicans declared a direction for both franchises.
 
The Sixers, a team one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals two seasons ago, were blowing it up.
 
The Pelicans meanwhile, are looking for their rebuilding movement to bear fruit just two years after it started.
 
Whether or not this deal is labeled a win or a bust for Philly completely depends on what you think of Jrue Holiday. The Pelicans’ first ever starting point guard just finished his breakthrough season, leading the Sixers in scoring (17.7 ppg) and assists (8.0 apg) and making his first All-Star game appearance. He was one of the lone bright spots for an awful year in Philadelphia in which Evan Turner’s development once again stagnated, coach Doug Collins resigned and all Andrew Bynum headlines revolved around his hair. Holiday was a very good, though perhaps not elite, two-way player whose excellent defensive chops resembled how well he orchestrated a limited Philly offense. … Read more...