(Sports Network) - The New Orleans Pelicans (yes, remember the new name) were
the big winners of last year's draft, selecting Anthony Davis first overall.
This year, the results weren't terribly encouraging, but they choose sixth.
Davis and Robin Lopez make up a decent big man combination, and Eric Gordon and
Ryan Anderson provide great shooting. Greivis Vasquez improved into a
legitimate NBA point guard. Austin Rivers, the 10th pick last year, is still
seen as a possible long-term solution at the point.
The Pelicans can really wait and see how the first five picks shake out, then
go from there. New Orleans can take any position with the exception of power
forward - Davis' spot - and make a case that it's worthwhile.
With so much confusion at the top, coupled with the potential for wheeling and
dealing, not much can be said with any confidence about what direction the
Here's what we know, to some degree - the first seven picks will probably be
Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore, Otto Porter, Alex Len, Anthony Bennett, Victor
Oladipo and Trey Burke.
That means, the Pelicans can get one of those talents. Realistically, Noel,
McLemore and Porter will most assuredly be off the board. That leaves the
remaining four in play.
Also, if New Orleans doesn't view Rivers as the future at the point, and Burke
is off the board, that brings Syracuse sophomore Michael Carter-Williams into
Players under contract: G: Eric Gordon; F: Ryan Anderson; C/F: Anthony Davis;
C: Robin Lopez; F: Jason Smith; G: Austin Rivers; G: Greivis Vasquez; F: Lance
Thomas; F: Darius Miller; G: Brian Roberts; G: Terrel Harris
Free agents: F: Al-Farouq Aminu; G: Xavier Henry; G: Roger Mason; C: Louis
Recent Draft History:
2012: Anthony Davis (1), Austin Rivers (10), Darius Miller (46)
2011: Josh Harrellson (45)
2010: Cole Aldrich (11)
2009: Darren Collison (21)
2008: Darrell Arthur (27)
Draft picks: 1st round (6th overall)
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