DRAFT TRADE: Acquired Jaxson Hayes (No. 8 pick), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (No. 17 pick) and Marcos Louzada Silva (No. 35 pick) from Hawks for De'Andre Hunter (No. 4 pick -- acquired in trade with Lakers)

DRAFT TRADE: Traded Alen Smailagic (No. 39 pick) to Warriors

DRAFT TRADE: Traded Jordan Bone (No. 57 pick) to Hawks; later traded to 76ers; then to Pistons

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David Griffin talks about New Orleans big Draft night.

Pre-Draft Analysis

Areas Of Strength
In the aftermath of the reported Anthony Davis trade, the Pelicans will be flush with young players with promise. Lonzo Ball was just beginning to jell when his 2018-19 season was done with an ankle injury. Brandon Ingram was also playing well before
deep venous thombosis ended his season. Josh Hart, who comes in the deal, is also a rotational-level player. All three will get a new start and also tutorials from veteran Jrue Holiday, one of a handful of two-way players who can make a difference on both ends. With E’Twaun Moore, the Pelicans are a decent enough 3-point shooting club as well.

Needs Work
Scoring and defense is all a work in progress again for a team that, two summers ago, advanced to the second round yet took a step backward last season. It’ll take more than this Draft to trigger a turnaround, but again, the Pelicans are in no hurry to make a big ripple. Given the right moves, it’ll happen soon enough.

A Stat That Matters

113.0 -- At the time of Anthony Davis' trade request, the Pelicans ranked fifth in offensive efficiency, having scored 113.0 points per 100 possessions. After that point, they ranked 27th offensively, scoring just 107.1 points per 100.

-- John Schuhmann

The Way To Go
There was instant jubilation within the franchise and throughout New Orleans when the Pelicans landed the top spot. This reaction only happens when where’s a clear-cut choice at No. 1, and no need to overthink the process. Zion Williamson is coming, and as a bonus the Pelicans also will have the No. 4 pick, thanks to the reported Davis trade. That pick can be used, or swapped. It’s a good option to have, and if they keep it, Jarrett Culver appears to be a safe choice.

Under Contract
G: Lonzo Ball (pending trade with Lakers)
G: Josh Hart (pending trade with Lakers)
G: Jrue Holiday
G: Frank Jackson
G: E’Twaun Moore
F: Solomon Hill
F: Brandon Ingram (pending trade with Lakers)
F: Christian Wood

Free Agents
G: Ian Clark (unrestricted)
G: Elfrid Payton (unrestricted)
G: Trevon Bluiett (restricted)
F: Cheick Diallo (restricted)
F: Stanley Johnson (restricted)
F: Darius Miller (unrestricted)
F: Julius Randle (player option)
C: Jahlil Okafor (team option)

> 2019 Free Agent Tracker

Recent Draft History
2018: Tony Carr (51)
2017: Dwayne Bacon (40), Edmond Sumner (52)
2016: Buddy Hield (6), David Michineau (39), Diamond Stone (40)
2015: Branden Dawson (56)
2014: No picks
2013: Nerlens Noel (6)

-- Shaun Powell


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