Five things to know about the Pelicans on Day 7 in Las Vegas

by Jim Eichenhofer

1)      Read more about the potential impact of the frontcourt pairing of All-Star power forward Anthony Davis and new Pelicans 7-foot center Omer Asik.

2)      Peruse a behind-the-scenes photo gallery from Asik’s first visit to the Pelicans’ practice facility in Metairie.

3)      The first-ever Pelicans vs. Hornets game will take place in NBA Summer League today, at 3 p.m. Central (1 p.m. Pacific). According to, the Round of 16 tournament game will be broadcast live on NBA TV, ending New Orleans’ 0-fer in terms of live TV games in Las Vegas. If the seventh-seeded Pelicans advance with a win today over Charlotte, each of their remaining games will be broadcast live by NBA TV.

4)      If New Orleans wins today, it will play Saturday in the quarterfinals (tentatively at 3 p.m. Central) against New York or the D-League Select team. If the Pelicans lose today, they’ll be dropped into Friday’s consolation round (tentatively at 7 p.m. Central). The semifinals are Sunday, with the championship being held Monday night.

5)      Russ Smith is leading the Las Vegas summer league in assists (7.7 per game). Read about the second-round draft pick’s adjustment to the pros and the knack he’s showing for finding open teammates.