Reasons To Be Excited About Training Camp: No. 20 Chemistry
Leading up to the official start of New Orleans Pelicans training camp Oct. 1, we’ll be counting down 20 reasons to get excited for basketball season on Pelicans.com.
No. 20: ChemistryIn the span of just 15 months, the New Orleans Pelicans have dramatically improved their talent base, adding young players such as Anthony Davis, 20; Ryan Anderson, 25; Jrue Holiday, 23; and Tyreke Evans, 23 – all since June 2012. In a comprehensive article this summer, ESPN.com ranked the Pelicans second of the 30 NBA teams based on players ages 25 and under (Oklahoma City topped the list).
Now it’s time to fit all of these promising individual puzzle pieces together. That process will begin in earnest on Day 1 of training camp, with the team’s new players attempting to blend with Pelicans returnees and establish chemistry.
There’s no doubt that for the Pelicans to be successful and make a significant leap in the standings in 2013-14, sacrifices will have to be made, whether it’s in terms of shot attempts or minutes. Anderson (16.2 points per game in 2012-13), Holiday (17.7), Evans (15.2) and Eric Gordon (17.0) each averaged more than 15 points per game last season, which may not be repeatable with them all playing on the same team, particularly if Davis (13.5) likely fills a larger offensive role.
Training camp should be an intriguing period for the Pelicans to experiment with different lineups and combinations in an attempt to determine how best to attack opponents with their vastly upgraded firepower.