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About  New Orleans Pelicans

History of the New Orleans Pelicans

Formerly the New Orleans Hornets, the New Orleans Pelicans have been an NBA franchise since 2013. Prior to the move to New Orleans, the New Orleans Hornets were the Charlotte Hornets. After a series of misfortunate events involving owner George Shinn, the team moved to New Orleans in 2002. Now Charlotte was left without a team but the NBA promised a franchise returning to the area, which later became the Charlotte Bobcats. The Hornets opened their inaugural season in New Orleans on October 30, 2002. They finished their first season in New Orleans with a record of 47-35 which allowed them to advance to the playoffs – but were beat by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round. In 2004, New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. This caused the franchise to temporarily move its operations to Oklahoma City for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. During this time the team was known as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. The Hornets were able to return to New Orleans permanently for the 2007-2008 season where they experienced their best season yet. They finished the regular season with a record of 56-26 and also won their first division title in the Southwest Division. New Orleans went on to beat the Dallas Mavericks in the First Round of the playoffs but then lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the Semifinals.


The Hornets continued to have successful seasons but never made it past the Semifinals in the playoffs. Then in 2010 the NBA purchased the franchise from George Shinn for $300 million. A few years later, the owner of the New Orleans Saints, Tom Benson, purchased the franchise from the NBA for $338 million. Benson announced that he would change the team name to the Pelicans for the 2013-14 season after Louisiana’s state bird, the brown pelican. During this time the franchise acquired soon to be star player Anthony Davis in the 2012 NBA Draft from Kentucky. Once the team officially became the New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte changed its name back to the Charlotte Hornets. New Orleans experienced a playoff drought form 2011-2014. Then in the 2014-15 season the Pelicans were able to end their drought. They met the Warriors in the First Round but unfortunately lost in four games. Since then the franchise has continued to improve and grow. Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday are poised to lead the team back to the playoffs after making it in 2015 and 2018. The Western Conference is always tough, and without much help the Pelicans struggled in 2016 and 2017. Davis is ready to take another step in his development as a great player and hopefully stay in the MVP discussion this season. Find New Orleans Pelicans tickets today to see if he can lead the turnaround.


Most Recent Season

Prior to the 2017-18 season, the Pelicans acquired Frank Jackson from Duke in the 2017 NBA Draft. The Pelicans finished the regular season 48-34 which placed them second in the Southwest Division. They swept the Portland Trailblazers in the First Round, making it their first series win since 2008 and first playoff sweep in franchise history. In the Conference Semifinals the Pelicans matched up with the notorious Golden State Warriors. The All-Star team outplayed the Pelicans and New Orleans lost the series in five games. The Pelicans’ playoff run had ended, but it only gives them more motivation to play harder in the upcoming season.


Upcoming Season

After the 2017-18 season, DeMarcus Cousins signed with the Warriors and Rajon Rondo signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Pelicans signed quite a few players for the upcoming season including Jahlil Okafor from the Brooklyn Nets, Troy Williams from the New York Knicks, Julius Randle from the Los Angeles Lakers, and Elfrid Payton from the Phoenix Suns. Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, and Emeka Okafor will all be returning for the 2018-19 season with the Pelicans. Will the Pelicans be able to return to the postseason for the second year in a row? Come on down to the Smoothie King Center to find out. The Pelicans season will kick off on October 17th at the Toyota Center against the Houston Rockets. Their first home game of the season will be on October 19th against the Sacramento Kings. To find tickets for your favorite NBA team, TicketNetwork is the place to be! TicketNetwork is your access for all New Orleans Pelicans tickets, whether it is a home or away game. Watch the Pelicans play live to fight for a chance to return to the playoffs with tickets from TicketNetwork!