Five things to know about Pelicans G Norris Cole

1)      He’s achieved the extreme rarity of reaching the NBA Finals in every year of his career. Cole won a ring in both 2011-12 and 2012-13 as a backup point guard for the Miami Heat. Last season, Cole and the Heat’s reign atop the league came to an end in the championship round. San Antonio bested Miami in five games.

2)      By a wide margin, Cole has the most NBA postseason experience among current New Orleans players (60 games). In fact, the 21 playoff games he appeared in during the 2013 postseason alone is more than every other Pelican’s career total aside from Omer Asik (33 games) and Quincy Pondexter (25).

3)      In his first three seasons, Cole was almost exclusively a reserve, starting just 12 times in 227 regular season games. However, he started 23 times for Miami this season out of 47 appearances.

4)      Born in Dayton, Ohio, he was a little-known prospect coming out of college at Cleveland State, but emerged after pre-draft workouts as a first-round pick in 2011, the 28th player chosen overall.

5)      Cole enjoyed postseason success in college as well. On March 20, 2009, Cole led 13th-seeded Cleveland State to a first-round NCAA Tournament upset over fourth-seeded Wake Forest (a team that featured future pros Jeff Teague, Al-Farouq Aminu, James Johnson and Ish Smith). It was the Vikings’ first March Madness win since 1986. Cole scored a game-high 22 points.