We begin with the team that kicked off the offseason in earnest back in June. Are you ready to jump on the Pelicans bandwagon? It’s time. We thought it was time last year, but then the entire roster got hurt, and the dreams were deferred. Then New Orleans dealt Houston a first-round pick for Omer Asik, taking last year’s “win now” approach and doubling down on it.
Now it’s time to double down with them. Go all in. Grow a unibrow. Get the angry pelican tattooed on your chest. Paint your house that ugly bronze alternate color they chose for some reason.
I believe in the blueprint. Everyone got hurt last year, which made the Pelicans’ offseason look like a flop, but when the core players were healthy, as Kevin Arnovitz pointed out in February, “The Pelicans’ desired closing unit — [Jrue] Holiday, [Eric] Gordon, [Tyreke] Evans, [Ryan] Anderson, [Anthony] Davis — dominated the league offensively this season before its members started dropping like flies, scoring an ungodly 123.5 points per 100 possessions.”
Losing Anthony Morrow this summer will hurt, Monty Williams is still a question mark as a coach, and it’s unclear if they’ll ever be able to move Gordon. But while 15 other teams made bigger moves this summer, the Pelicans are quietly sitting there waiting to explode in a few months.
Even the Evans contract that everyone mocked looks 10 times better after he went for 17.4 points and 6.4 assists per game following the All-Star break. Compare Evans’s four years for $44 million to what Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons are getting, and suddenly $11 million a year is decent.
Oh, and Davis. Trusting the Pelicans’ blueprint from the last two summers could look incredibly stupid 12 months from now, but King Brow is the biggest reason I feel confident. He’s the next guy to be in the Durant-LeBron conversation, maybe the only real challenger to the throne for the next five years. And in case you forgot, the Sonics/Thunder with Durant won 20 games, 23 games, and then … jumped to 50. Get in on the Pelicans.
GRADE: B-PLUS, PLUS AN ALIEN WITH BASKETBALL SUPERPOWERS
We all need something to feel optimistic about. If we dont resign AD when the time comes, I'm completely giving up on nba basketball.
I'm only half given up as of now.
Sorry for my lack of sunshine and rainbows with every post. Like everyone else I'm cautiously optimistic, but I'm keeping it real. We only have AD another 4 years if memory serves me correctly btw. It'll be here before you know it. Keep your fingers crossed.
No, it's the lack of me posting everything as sunshine and rainbows about the pelicans that has you upset.
quote:if you're gonna be all doom and gloom at least be entertaining about it. I've grown to love and appreciate danman
No, it isn't. You routinely take the most pessimistic possible spin whenever a new story or line of discussion comes out. I can't tell if you're one of those fans who thinks he has to downplay everything good and talk up everything bad so he can be "unbiased" and ends up just being unreasonably negative, or if you're actually just an absurd pessimist about everything, but your posting is really fricking annoying because all you ever do is whine and try to make everything look doom and gloom. General life lesson, if you think you're the only one being realistic and everyone else around you is optimistic (or pessimistic, but in this case optimistic) to the point of delusion then you're probably wrong and need to reassess.
this dude sounds like he sincerely believes everything he's saying tho...