New Orleans Pelicans Analysis

Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by RealGM Staff Report

May 18, 2021 2:30 PM

The Jazz jumped from ninth in Net Rating last season to first in 20-21. Read more »

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The NBA's New Play-In Class Structure, And Who's Feeling It

by John Wilmes

May 11, 2021 2:13 PM

The eight-team play-in zone is all of the following: extra competitive padding, extra competitive pressure, confusing, ephemeral, purgatorial, and a new benchmark for ascendancy. Read more »

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Isaiah Thomas And The Struggle To Let Go

by Micah Wimmer

Apr 13, 2021 8:52 PM

It does not appear likely that Isaiah Thomas will be a vital cog on a winning team again, but knowing something and accepting it are two different things. The awareness that all athletic glory is inherently fleeting does make its passing any easier to bear. Read more »

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2020-21 NBA Season Preview: Southwest Division

by Keith P Smith

While the Mavericks appear to be the only playoff lock in the division, the Rockets, Spurs, Grizzlies and Pelicans should all at least be in the Play-In mix. Read more »
Thirty Futures: New Orleans Pelicans

by Colin McGowan

There are players who come along every decade or so, and they invent a new grammar, sometimes even a new language of basketball. With Zion Williamson, we merely want the time to understand it. Read more »
Luka, Zion And Chasing The Blogger's High

by Jonny Auping

You can't call what Luka and Zion make basketball fans feel "nostalgia" because a lot of them aren't old enough to have felt anything like it before. They have a complete mastery of not knowing what's going to happen next. Read more »
Longform Zion Williamson Is On Hold

by Colin McGowan

The reasons the Pelicans have given for restricting Zion Williamson's minutes are not the explanation your basketball-starved brain wants to hear. The sensible option is rarely the fun one. Read more »
ZIon Williamson And The NBA's Potent Escapism

by John Wilmes

Zion Williamson is the star the NBA is most relying upon as it returns to television with the pandemic still raging, peddling a stranger, more austere version of the product its audience is used to. Read more »
Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by Christopher Reina

We look at the trajectory of every team in the NBA in terms of how they rank in the category. Read more »
2019-20 Southwest Division Preview

by Keith P Smith

On the Grizzlies' exciting rebuild, Houston's big gamble on Russell Westbrook, Dallas seeing what they have in Doncic and Porzingis, the Pelicans in Year 1 of the Zion era, and the Spurs doing very little but outperforming expectations yet again. Read more »
Thirty Histories: New Orleans Pelicans

by Colin McGowan

The Pelicans' situation has been unstable ever since the franchise relocated from Charlotte in 2002, and especially since Katrina. This excruciating state of limbo unfortunately defines the Pelicans. It's difficult to say where they belong. Read more »
2019 Western Conference Offseason Chatter From Summer League

by Keith P Smith

With so much turnover this offseason, and another exciting draft class, teams had lots and lots to say. Read more »
The Potential Of Zion Williamson Vs. The Draft's Inherent Uncertainty

by Micah Wimmer

A year ago, Zion Williamson was projected to go No. 7. Now he's going No. 1 and expected to be a surefire Hall of Famer. In this way, Zion is more of a myth than a man at this point, more potential than actuality. Read more »
New Orleans Pelicans: 2019 NBA Offseason Preview

by Keith P Smith

This offseason is all about finding the right Anthony Davis (and possibly Jrue Holiday trade) to immediately begin building around Zion Williamson. Read more »
Zion Will Take It From Here

by Colin McGowan

The mechanism that brought Zion Williamson to the NBA isn't perfect, but it's what we have and it won't matter if he's as good as advertised. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2019 Cap Space for All 30 NBA Teams, Version 2.0

by Keith P Smith

The Knicks, Clippers, Hawks, Kings and Lakers project to have the most cap space this offseason. Read more »
The NBA's Not-So-Great Flux Of 2019

by Colin McGowan

The business of the NBA, it seems more and more every year, is business rather than basketball, and the second thing- the reason we're all here in the first place- is suffering for it. Read more »
Anthony Davis Decides To Choose His Own Destiny

by Colin McGowan

We know how awesome Davis can be because he has to do so much for the Pelicans, but we also do not have a solid idea of how awesome Davis can be when everything is a little bit easier on him. Read more »
The Ballad Of Boogie Cousins

by Micah Wimmer

DeMarcus Cousins now single-handedly provides a reason for fans otherwise tired of Golden State's dominance to cheer for the Warriors, adding a patina of fun and joy to their seemingly inevitable Finals triumph. Read more »
2018 NBA Offseason Review: Southwest Division

by Keith P Smith

On the offseason moves by the Mavericks, Rockets, Spurs, Grizzlies and Pelicans. Read more »
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