Pelicans News Around the Web (8-2-2021)

Pelicans defy recent draft trend, add pair of players with vast college experience

We’ve somehow reached the point in NBA draft conversation where any prospect who spends more than a couple years in college draws confused looks and skepticism. A point where – as New Orleans first-round pick Trey Murphy put it Friday – even a player who’s only 21 years of age is deemed “old.”

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NBA free agency: What will the New Orleans Pelicans do at point guard?

The New Orleans Pelicans have a big decision to make about what to do at point guard, which happens to be the deepest position in this year’s free agent class.

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Five things to know about Pelicans forward Trey Murphy III

His NBA draft stock improved perhaps as much as any NCAA player’s as a result of the 2020-21 season. As ESPN analyst Mike Schmitz described of Murphy, he was “maybe the biggest riser.

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Pelicans' Trey Murphy III says shooting will get him on the floor, defense will keep him there

For all of high school and the start of college, Trey Murphy III did not consider making it to the NBA an inevitability. Until his sophomore year at Rice, he did not even view it as probable.

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Five things to know about Pelicans forward Herbert Jones

His addition marks the second straight year that New Orleans has selected a University of Alabama product in the NBA draft, after the Pelicans chose point guard Kira Lewis Jr. at No. 13 overall in 2020.

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