NBA Power Rankings #10: New Orleans Pelicans
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New Orleans is coming off of a 44-38 season which gave them the sixth seed in the Western Conference. In the playoffs Jrue Holiday had a coming out party and Anthony Davis should the league that he can be the main guy for a successful playoff team. While they may have lost Demarcus Cousins in free agency, the combo of Holiday and Davis along with a few key role players should be able to make noise in the West.
Last season Anthony Davis was able to finish third in MVP voting as his personal statistics and team success finally matched up for him to get serious looks for the award. Davis will be able to build off of the 2017-2018 campaign and will be in the MVP race yet again as the Pelicans fight for chance to get back into the playoffs. "The Brow" has the kind of talent that can single handedly carry a team to the playoffs and we've seen him do it before.
Thankfully for the Pelicans this year, they won't have to do that. Jrue Holiday is a former All-Star is is coming off of a phenomenal playoff series against the Trial Blazers (23.7 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 6.3 APG) and will look to bring that success into the upcoming regular season. Will he be able to average that throughout the whole season? No, probably not. However, he should be able to be somewhere in between that range and his clip from last year's regular season (19.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 6.0 APG) it should be enough to give Anthony Davis a quality running mate which is necessary In the star studded West.
This is the deepest team that Anthony Davis has played on in his NBA career. Holiday obviously is a great player, but past that you've got solid role players such as Julius Randle, Elfrid Payton, Nikola Miritic, Solomon Hill, E'Twuan Moore, and Ian Clark. Those names may not stand out individually, but collectively they should make for a good enough supporting cast to give AD some space on the court and help the Pelicans land in that 45-50 win range.