New Orleans Pelicans are an American Basketball team competing in the Western Conference Southwest Division of the NBA. The Pelicans were founded in 2002 and play their home games at Smoothie King Center. The New Orleans Pelicans are yet to win an NBA Championship or a Conference Title.
The New Orleans Pelicans were originally established as the New Orleans Hornets in 2002 when the Charlotte Hornets relocated to New Orleans. In 2005, the franchise temporarily relocated to Oklahoma City due to Hurricane Katrina.
In 2013, the New Orleans Hornets renamed themselves the New Orleans Pelicans and the Charlotte Bobcats (renamed the Charlotte Hornets in 2014) reclaimed all records the Charlotte Hornets held from 1988-2002.
Pelicans in Recent Years
The Pelicans have one of the greatest what if teams. During the 2017-2018 season they had Anthony Davis, Prime Boogie Cousins, Jrue Holiday, and Rajon Rondo on the same roster. Boogie suffered a career altering injury and the core of the team was traded. AD was traded to the Lakers in 2019 and Jrue was traded the next offseason to the Bucks.
The new-look Pels were very young and exciting as they had also drafted Zion with the number one pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. During the 2019-2020 season, Zion’s debut was delayed but he came and had an instant impact and Brandon Ingram won the Most Improved Player Award. The 2020-2021 Season was a disappointing one as the Pelicans were not able to improve much on their previous season’s record.
During the 2021 offseason, Lonzo Ball was a restricted free agent but the Pelicans decided not to re-sign him and he moved to the Bulls. They also fired Alvin Gentry and brought in Willie Green to be the head coach. The roster seems to have worsened and the Pelicans seem that they will undergo another losing season.
New Orleans Pelicans Record - Last 10 Seasons
|Season||Division Finish||Conference Finish||Record||Playoffs|
|2017-18||2nd||6th||48-34||Lost Conf Semifinals|
|2014-15||5th||8th||45-37||Lost First Round|
|Sl. No.||Player||Position||Jersey No.|
Head Coach: Willie Green