About New Orleans Pelicans
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The only word that comes to mind when looking at the New Orleans Pelicans roster is talent. Although, Anthony Davis left for LA, the Pelicans drafted Zion Williamson #1 overall to partner him with a ransom sent back by the LA Lakers. Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart are now all part of the Pelicans' young core to play alongside the generational talent this Zion is.
The Pelicans didn't stop there. A number of NBA veterans jumped at the chance to be a part of the special team that New Orleans is trying to form. Jahlil Okafor, sharpshooter JJ Reddick and low post player Derrick Favors are all NBA players with plenty left in the tank. They want to prove that the teams that gave up on them made a mistake. All three come to the Pelicans with a point to prove. On top of that, the Pelicans were delighted to find out one of the best players in the NBA Summer League could now make their regular season roster. Nickeil Alexander-Walker will look to make an impact from day one and definitely has the talent to do it.
True Pelicans fans are excited for the impact this will have one of the franchise's most endeared players. Jrue Holiday has been through great times with New Orleans as well as some difficult times. He will be the unquestioned floor general as the Pelicans look to mesh young talent with experience veterans. This team will be fun to watch! Get your Pelicans tickets today to see them take the court at the Smoothie King Center!
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.
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