This upcoming season looks like an up season for the revamped New Orleans Pelicans.
With their new name, logo, and colors, the Pelicans are looking to start this season with a bang with a few fresh faces. Some of the key additions to the Pelican’s team include Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans, and Anthony Morrow.
The Pelicans started the 2013 season by drafting Nerlens Noel and then immediately trading him to the 76er’s for Guard Jrue Holiday. This preseason, the goal for the Pelican’s was to get all of the new players to build chemistry with one another, which turned out to be a success after finishing the preseason 7-1.
“I knew with all the new faces and new additions it was going to be a competitive preseason,” Pelicans guard Brian Roberts said to The Times Picayune. “And it has been so far. I just want to make my mark and show my place on this team and help the team out in any way I can.
Fourth year Head Coach Monty Williams said that the team is anticipating a much better start for the Pelicans than they have in the past few years with a healthy Eric Gordon and new guard Jrue Holiday.
The Pelicans open up their season with six playoff teams in their first sixteen games featuring the Pacers, Grizzlies, Lakers, Spurs, Knicks, and Bulls.
This season looks like a whole new team including their new name and their new mascot, “Pierre the Pelican.” The team is ready and the entire greater New Orleans area is ready for the Pelicans to finally become a contender.
“I really believe this team will be better defensively. And also with Jrue Holiday, they can really make a run in the Western Conference,” St. Paul’s sophomore Connor Elliot said.
The Pelicans lost their first two games to the Pacers and Magic, but got their first win Saturday night against the Bobcats. Following last night’s six-point loss to the Phoenix Suns, the Pelicans meet the Grizzlies tonight in Memphis at 7:00 p.m.