The New Orleans Pelicans had a roller coaster of a season. We’ve dealt with not having Jrue to start the season (don’t blame him for being there for his wife), to going on a pretty nice win streak upon his return. The ups and downs came very frequently. With that said, I’m going to lay out a few positives to take away from this 2016-2017 season.
First up is the improved leadership of Anthony Davis. Coming into this season it was widely known that Alvin Gentry wanted “the brow” to become the leader of this team. AD didn’t disappoint, he stepped up to his new role. When Buddy was going through the rookie funk mid season, AD sat him aside and sort of took him under his 7+ foot wings.
Second is the emergence of Jordan “Instant Grits” Crawford. Crawford was among the revolving door of 10 day contracts given out by the pels. From the first game, he came out guns blazing scoring in double figures. That eventually became a theme with Crawford as hes only had maybe a game or two where he hasn’t scored double figures for the pels. His much needed shooting resulted in a 2 year contract for the pels and a chance to prove to everyone in the league that he belongs.
Of course with the last point I’m going to point out the pels getting Demarcus Cousins! Cousins easily the best center in the league joined forces via trade with the most dominant power forward in todays NBA to form a 1-2 punch unlike any other currently out there. Boogie has made his presence known in the short sample size we have. Having someone able to demand a double team other than AD opens up the floor for all the role players. Also doesn’t hurt that he’s a walking 25+ points scorer while still picking up 13+ rebounds. Safe to say the 2017-2018 season for the pels is looking bright!
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