The New Orleans Pelicans finished 14 games beneath .500 this past year, but the 2014-15 effort must see them vault over the break-even mark.
That is a significant improvement, even though it’s as much a statement about the franchise’s rotten luck a year past as anything else. Jrue Holiday and ryan Anderson missed portions of the year with back and knee injuries. Eric Gordon and anthony Davis lost time Too.
Better luck on the injury front, alongside the addition of Omer Asik at the center, should propel the Pelicans forward as they grow into a group worthy of Davis’ existence. This year marks a developmental landmark for the organization along with The Brow.
Though not a championship-caliber team, the Pelicans must move themselves in the postseason dialog:
Sean Highkin of ProBasketballTalk writes:
Whether they’ve enough to actually get there is a different conversation, and it is hard to point to a single team out of last year’s playoff harvest that’s likely to fall out. But if Davis is as good as he’s going to be and everyone else stays relatively healthy, they’ve got a chance.
The Pelicans are building a skyscraper, and it will probably be sensible to get in on the ground floor.
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