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New Orleans Pelicans


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Full NameNew Orleans Pelicans

Nick NamePelicans

Founded2002

GroundSmoothie King Center

Prominent PlayersZion Williamson, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Jonas Valančiūnas, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart

ABOUT

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.

 

Pelicans History


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


SeasonDivision FinishConference FinishRecordPlayoffs
2020-214th11th31-41-
2019-205th13th30-42-
2018-194th13th33-49-
2017-182nd6th48-34Lost Conf Semifinals
2016-174th10th34-48-
2015-165th12th30-52-
2014-155th8th45-37Lost First Round
2013-145th12th34-48-
2012-135th14th27-55-
2011-125th15th21-45-

 

Current Roster


Sl. No.PlayerPositionJersey No.
1Zion WilliamsonForward1
2Brandon IngramGuard14
3Nickeil Alexander-WalkerGuard6
4Jose AlvaradoForward15
5Devonte' GrahamCenter4
6Josh HartGuard3
7Jaxson HayesGuard10
8Willy HernangómezCenter9
9Daulton HommesForward34
10Herbert JonesForward5
11Kira LewisCenter13
12Didi LouzadaGuard0
13Naji MarshallForward8
14Trey MurphyGuard25
15Tomáš SatoranskýForward31
16Garrett TempleGuard41
17Jonas ValančiūnasGuard17


Head Coach: Willie Green



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