The New Orleans Pelicans ended 14 games under .500 last year, but the 2014-15 effort must see them vault above the break-even mark.
That’s a significant improvement, 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 huge portions of the season with back and knee injuries. Eric Gordon and anthony Davis lost time Too.
Better luck on the injury front, alongside the huge inclusion of Omer Asik in the middle, should propel the Pelicans as they develop into a team worthy of Davis’ existence. This season marks a critical milestone for The Brow and the organization.
The Pelicans should move themselves into the postseason dialog though not a championship-caliber squad:
Sean Highkin of ProBasketballTalk writes:
Whether they’ve enough to actually get there’s a different conversation, and it is difficult to point to one team from last year’s playoff harvest that’s likely to fall out. However, if Davis is as good as he’s going to be and everybody else stays relatively healthy, they have got a opportunity.
The Pelicans are constructing a skyscraper, and it will probably be sensible to get in on the ground floor.
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