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New Orleans
2012-13 Season Stats
W-L 27-55
PCT .329
DIV 5-11
CONF 15-37
HOME 16-25
ROAD 11-30
Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson make a nice inside-outside combination up front, but the Pelicans could use Al-Farouq Aminu to take a big step forward.
Are there enough basketballs in that Pelican pouch to keep Eric Gordon, Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans satisfied? They'll be able to fill up the hoop.
Davis is a stopper in the middle when he wants, but the rest of the outfit only pretends, which is why they ranked 28th last season. Much room for improvement.
Whichever of the Gordon-Holiday-Evans trio doesn't get the starting nod should come off the bench with opportunities and a lot to prove.
Another reshuffling of the deck will make things tough on Monty Williams again. A good teacher, but in Year 4 the heat is on to get out of the cellar.

It's a new beginning for the NBA in New Orleans. The nickname changed, the colors changed, the uniforms changed. All of that was because the ownership changed and new boss man Tom Benson, after winning a Super Bowl with his Saints, didn't buy in to languish in last place. The expectation is for the Pelicans, with their high caliber backcourt of Holiday, Gordon and Evans, to mesh with last year's No. 1 overall pick in the draft , Anthony Davis, to pull the franchise out of the slums of the lottery.

The buzzword of coach Williams for his three years on the job has been defense, but the Pelicans rarely gave an indication that they were familiar with the concept a year ago, ranking 28th out of 30 teams in defensive efficiency. Davis has all the tools to live up to his billing as a stopper up front, but there were too many times when he didn't seem interested. If Williams can light the fire under his franchise player every night, maybe the rest of the Pelicans will take the hint.

-- Fran Blinebury

2012-13 Team Rating
Offense Defense
105.7 110.1
16th Overall 28th Overall