IMO, if the Pelicans land Greg Oden with a 2-year deal, we could be anywhere between a 35 and 50 win team for each of the next two seasons.
We don't know how the new roster is going to mesh, but assuming Gordon plays at least 60 games the next two seasons (I know, big assumption), the Pelicans could have one of the best backcourts in the NBA. That's if Gordon, Evans, and Jrue can click and work as a fluid unit.
Regardless of how the backcourt pans out, we know Anthony Davis will continue to improve his game, and as he adds weight he will become a force to recon with. And if somehow, someway, Greg Oden's knees hold up and he puts in a solid 20 mpg for the Pelicans, they have a chance to be something special.
Lots of "if's", tons of ways these next two years could pan out (new roster is somewhat built around potential), but there is a chance that the Pelicans could be a scary team to face come playoff time the next two seasons. I'm pulling for us to take a chance on the guy.
We know there's a good chance that he won't provide steady minutes over the season, but that slim possibility that he might still have some left in the tank really excites me. I'm all in for giving him a shot, barring a thorough physical and workout (a given..).
ETA: I also think the same can be said if we don't add Oden, but I think our ceiling is probably a little lower than 50 for the next two seasons without him. Also think flipping Gordon for a big-time SF after this season could raise our ceiling as well, just not sure who is the best fit. Granger is getting older, is coming back from surgery, and although he's a great shooter, he doesn't see the court very well. Just my two cents.
This post was edited on 7/16 at 5:52 am