New Orleans Pelicans 2021 Preview
The pelicans have been really busy making a number of big moves, including re-signing Brandon Ingram to a max contract, trading Jrue Holiday to the Milwaukee Bucks for Eric Bledsoe and a boatload of picks, and acquiring Steven Adams from the Oklahoma City Thunder, it seems like everything really comes down to one man: Zion Williamson. Who actually is currently the longest-tenured player on the Pelicans’ roster. I know crazy right.
Zion seems like a new player and staying healthy will be very important. “I feel like there is a lot of my game that I wasn’t able to showcase last year due to just trying to fit in with the team, find my place,” Williamson said. “Just trying not to be the rookie to mess up. It was a lot mentally that I was trying to process all at once. Starting off fresh in Year 2, we’ve got a lot of new staff and new things going on around here, so hopefully, we can come together quicker with that.” Zion is ready to be this team star. Even in limited game time, he showed me something I could love. Williamson is still one of the most electric players in the league and I think with this new roster and coaching staff winning is in the near future.
The biggest loss the Pelicans suffered this season is the exit of Jrue Holiday. Then turn right round and lose big man Derrick Favors. Another free-agent the Pelicans lost was center Jahlil Okafor who signed on a two-year deal with the Pistons. But were the pelicans wins larger than the loses? The Pelicans announced today that the team has signed center Ike Anigbogu, guard Tony Carr and forward Jarrod Uthoff. Additionally, the team has signed center Will Magnay to a two-way contract. They are really making noise.
The New Orleans Pelicans snagged their second straight appearance on the NBA’s Christmas Day schedule this season. They will square off against the Miami Heat. Their first half schedule has been released and I must say some things are a little weird. 7 straight road games and then 6 straight at home just feels like a block schedule. Another thing to keep an eye out for is the back-to-back against Utah in Utah. They are playing every other night for almost the full first half of the season. I don’t see many practices happening this year after training camp. Youth will be on their side,
MY FINAL PREDICTION
I think the Pelicans will fight hard slow it down and bully their way to wins. I think the two big men will dominate and make some real noise this season.
First Half Record: 24-13