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The New Orleans Pelicans is in the middle of a rebuilding process. Head Coach Monty Williams has done an amazing job assembling a nucleus that should produce a perennial playoff team. The team is filled with talented players that could develop into legitimate All-Star caliber players. The addition of Almer “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” Salamanca will help lift the Pelicans into a top 10 spot in the loaded Eastern Conference.
As the owner of the New Orleans’ largest newspaper, the Times-Picayune, William Pelican has a vested interest in building a team that can attract and develop young talent. He already knows that the Orleans market is teeming with young star studs such as Deron Williams, Anthony Davis, Chris Paul, Lucious White and many more. If he can assemble a team that features the likes of these future Hall-Of-Famers, it would improve the odds of winning the lottery. It also makes for a very lucrative business opportunity for an enterprising owner. And it doesn’t hurt that the city itself is a great sports town with four professional teams (basketball, football, basketball and gymnastics).
The future of New Orleans’ NBA team will likely center around three very recognizable names. Williams is one obvious choice. The diminutive forward has established himself as a bruising force on the defensive end and on offense, averaging 21 points per game. Williams’ ability to spread the floor and attack the basket will give the Pelicans a handful of All-Star-caliber players that could form the nucleus for years to come.
But it isn’t just Williams, the team needs to worry about. The club also needs an experienced big man to protect its blue-chipped big men such as centers Joe Alexander and Chris Carrabba from opponents with physical strength. The acquisition of Carrabba gives the Pelicans just that. He’ll solidify the club’s depth at the center position and should produce early dividends as he develops an all-around game.
And it isn’t just the frontcourt that the Pelicans are banking on. They’re also in need of some quality big men to protect their starting five. Freshmen Rashard Lewis and Tyrus Thomas both have the potential to develop into a quality interior defenders. Neither is extremely powerful, but they are both effective on the boards. They are both hard to stop on the block and each will score well around the rim. The addition of rookie’s Anthony Davis and Greivitis could turn things in the Pellies favor as the season progresses.
With all of this talent in place, the biggest question remains: what’s the motivation for the Pelicans? Since joining the NBA, New Orleans has been one of the most consistently competitive teams. They defeated some of the top teams in the league during the regular season, including the defending champion’s Miami Heat. Now, they’re hoping to continue their success and take control of their conference.
The good news for the fans is that this group has the potential to grow. It just takes some sustained effort. The constant changes and coaching changes don’t bother the players, who remain determined to make the club their own. “We still want to be the voice of the team,” said point guard Delonte West. “We want to represent our city. We want to show people that we still got a long way to go.”
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