The New Orleans Pelicans finished this season with a record of 34 wins and 48 losses. While not an impressive win total, they did improve 7 wins from the previous season while simultaneously dealing with a myriad of injuries to its most important players. One of the key players that the Pelicans lost to injury this season was Jrue Holiday. Holiday was a 2013 All-Star who averaged 18ppg/8apg/4rpg/2spg shooting 43%/37%/75% for the Sixers last season. He is also known to be an above average defensive player. To acquire Holiday, the Pelicans sacrificed Nerlens Noel (the 6th pick of the 2013 NBA Draft) and a 2014 1st round pick. Although a highly questionable trade, especially now, the Pelicans believed they were creating a young core around the following players:
G - Jrue Holiday (23)
G - Eric Gordon (25)
G/F - Tyreke Evans (24)
F - Ryan Anderson (25)
F/C - Anthony Davis (20)
Evans was the only player who even cracked 70 games. The problem is with Holiday-Gordon-Evans all making 8 figure salaries, and Ryan Anderson not too far behind, they will be near capped out for the foreseeable future.
The question this thread poses is:
How do you see the future for the Pelicans? Are they a team that just needs time to grow together (Grizzlies-Pacers-Blazers) or are they a misconstructed roster that needs to be broken up before they lose their young star?