Team RankingPTS/GOPP PTS/G
Southwest Division110.8 (2nd)111.5 (5th)
Western Conference3rd14th
Power Rankings
Their value signings like E'Twaun Moore and Solomon Hill should help, but they still need to figure out what do with Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans and Omer Asik. One thing's for sure, though. Everyone's sleeping too deep on a player as talented as Anthony Davis at this point.
(D) -- Injuries cost them any fallback position, but they were routed from the battlefield because they could not defend in the first place. A drastic reconsideration of what this team is and how it's designed is in order for the summer.
If I told you they had more injured players than wins this season, you'd have to think about it for a second, right? It wouldn't automatically be absurd on its surface. That's how bad they've been, and how many guys are on the shelf.
I think management had the best of intentions with how they maneuvered to build around Anthony Davis, but the result is the same. Davis' growth has stagnated and it's looking very much like early-KG years. The Pelicans need to spend a week after the season reevaluating everything they think about this team and how it's put together.
They just lost Anthony Davis for the year, but I'd rather not talk about it. The Pelicans beat the Clippers with eight guys, hung with the Blazers in Davis' last game and embarrassed the Kings before that. If New Orleans was playing meaningful games, a lot more people would be talking about how great Jrue Holiday has been.
They've lost eight of 10, which is great for their tanking efforts. Bigger picture, however, they need a complete remodel of their approach. The question is whether that's going to require new architects.
As is their pattern this year, the Pelicans responded to having a slim window to make a playoff run by throwing up all over themselves. It's time to shut down Anthony Davis for the year and focus on next year.
It's time to start shopping for a whole new approach to surround Anthony Davis with a better team. Being 5.5 games back with 24 to go sounds doable, but they need the entire universe to tilt in their direction to make the playoffs.
Anthony Davis actually put up 59 points and 20 boards. That's a thing that happened. It was a nice reminder of how dominant The Brow can be in a season where that's easy to forget.
The Pelicans slipped defensively again and are now back down to 27th in the league. They had made strides but are now 24th in defense over the past month again.
2017-18 Team Leaders
PPGDeMarcus Cousins, C26.1
RPGDeMarcus Cousins, C12.5
APGJrue Holiday, PG5.6
FG%Anthony Davis, PF57
FT%Jrue Holiday, PG82.2
3P%E'Twaun Moore, SG48.3
BLOCKSAnthony Davis, PF45
STEALSDeMarcus Cousins, C44
MPGJrue Holiday, PG36.8
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