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The New Orleans Pelicans will restart their season on July 30 when they face the Utah Jazz as a ninth-place team 3.5-games behind the eighth place Memphis Grizzlies. One of the reasons that the NBA extended the total amount of teams to 22 at the Orlando Bubble was because of rookie sensation Zion Williamson and the Pelicans. When play stopped New Orleans was showing strong improvement that had many believing that they would overtake Memphis for the final playoff spot in the West. Williamson is averaging 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in just 19 games.

If this is how the season ends, the New Orleans Pelicans are sure to be disappointed. It appeared as if the Pelicans were ready to turn the corner and announce themselves as one of the teams to watch next season, and some playoff seasoning would have done this team good. Zion Williamson only returned from an injury that kept him out for the first half of the season in January, but that gave the rest of the squad time to build cohesion. New Orleans was set to challenge for a playoff spot over the final month of the regular season, yet now everything is in doubt.

The Pelicans are currently 28-36, and they are tied with two other teams that are 3.5 games behind Memphis for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. New Orleans was favored to earn that spot due to a much easier schedule than the rest of its rivals, but that hangs in doubt along with everything else now that the season is on hold. This team is scheduled to play just one more opponent with a winning record this campaign.

New Orleans Pelicans at a Glance

NBA Championship Odds: +10000

Western Conference Odds: +5000

New Orleans Pelicans Upcoming Schedule

July 30: Utah Jazz

August 1: LA Clippers

August 3: Memphis Grizzlies

August 6: Sacramento Kings

August 7: Washington Wizards

August 9: San Antonio Spurs

August 11: Sacramento Kings

August 13: Orlando Magic

Season Review

This is a completely revamped New Orleans roster from what we saw last year. Anthony Davis brought the Pelicans back three of the main pieces to this year’s team and three first-round draft picks, and that gives this franchise plenty of hope for the future.

Brandon Ingram has been the best player on New Orleans this season. He was the primary player that the Pelicans got in return for Davis, and he has shined in the Big Easy, leading the team with 24.3 PPG while making 46.6 percent of his field goals. Ingram is also an excellent perimeter shooter for a big man with 38.7 percent shooting from three.

Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart were the other two players that came over from Los Angeles, and both Ball and Hart have been major contributors. Ball leads the team with 7.0 APG, while Hart is an above-average defender that can crash the boards as a guard. Neither player is a great three-point shooter, but the Pelicans have enough great perimeter shooters. The Pelicans are sinking 37.2 percent of their triples this season.

Williamson has played less than 20 games this campaign, but he has already excited the residents of New Orleans about what’s to come. The No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft is making 58.9 percent of his field goals, and he is averaging 23.6 PPG and 6.8 RPG. His inside-outside game is just as good as we saw in college, leading to Williamson being the most hyped rookie in the NBA since LeBron James came into the league in 2003. The main question is whether he can stay healthy given his unparalleled athleticism for a player with his frame.

Jrue Holiday is the only major contributor that was on the team last season. Holiday is the Pelicans’ third-leading scorer with 19.6 PPG, and he helps out in all phases of the game. The veteran guard is averaging 4.9 RPG and 6.9 APG, and he leads the Pelicans in steals.

New Orleans doesn’t have much of a bench, but the Pelicans are excellent when Ball, Williamson, Holiday, Ingram, and Derrick Favors are on the floor. They have the best net rating in the NBA for all fivesomes that have reached the minimum number of minutes played together to make the list, and that’s something considering how recently this lineup was formed.

The Pelicans might continue to be without their best three-point shooter when the season gets back underway though. J.J. Redick has been projected to miss at least one month with a strained hamstring that he suffered in late February, and New Orleans will miss his touch. Redick is knocking down 45.2 percent of his three-point attempts this season.

This team is one of the handful of squads with a better road record than a home record, but that could change if the season starts up again. New Orleans would likely register a winning record in its remaining slate, potentially making it back to the postseason.

New Orleans Pelicans Seasons (2002)

YEAR RECORD PLAYOFFS
2018-19 33-49 -
2017-18 48-34 Lost Second Round
2016-17 34-48 -
2015-16 30-52 -
2014-15 45-37 Lost First Round
2013-14 34-48 -
2012-13 27-55 -
2011-12 21-45 -
2010-11 46-36 Lost First Round
2009-10 37-45 -
2008-09 49-33 Lost First Round
2007-08 56-26 Lost Second Round
2006-07 39-43 -
2005-06 38-44 -
2004-05 18-64 -
2003-04 41-41 Lost First Round
2002-03 47-35 Lost First Round
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