The New Orleans Pelicans ended 14 games beneath .500 last year, but the 2014-15 effort must see them vault over the break-even mark.
That is a significant improvement, even though it’s as much a statement on the franchise’s rotten luck a year past as anything else. Jrue Holiday and ryan Anderson missed huge portions of the season with knee and back injuries. Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon lost time.
Better fortune on the injury front, alongside the huge inclusion of Omer Asik at the center, should propel the Pelicans forward as they develop into a group worthy of Davis’ existence. This season marks a critical landmark for Your Brow along with the organization.
Though not yet a championship-caliber squad, the Pelicans should now move themselves in the postseason conversation:
Sean Highkin of ProBasketballTalk writes:
Whether they have enough to actually get there’s a different discussion, and it’s hard to point to one team out of last year’s playoff harvest that is very likely to fall out. But if Davis is as good as he is likely to be and everybody else remains relatively healthy, they have got a opportunity.
The Pelicans are constructing a skyscraper, and it would probably be sensible to get in on the ground floor.
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