The New Orleans Pelicans finished 14 games under .500 this past year, but the 2014-15 campaign must see them vault over the break-even mark.
That is a substantial improvement, though it’s as much a statement about the franchise’s rotten luck per year ago as anything else. Jrue Holiday and ryan Anderson missed parts of the season with back and knee injuries. Eric Gordon and anthony Davis lost time.
Better fortune on the injury front, alongside the massive addition of Omer Asik in the center, should propel the Pelicans forwards as they develop into a group worthy of Davis’ presence. This season marks a critical landmark for the organization and Your Brow.
The Pelicans should move themselves into the postseason conversation though not a championship-caliber squad:
Sean Highkin of ProBasketballTalk writes:
Whether they have enough to really get there is a different discussion, and it is hard to point to one team out of last year’s playoff harvest that’s very likely to drop out. However, if Davis is as good as he’s going to be and everyone else remains relatively healthy, they’ve got a chance.
The Pelicans are building a skyscraper, and it would probably be sensible to get in on the ground floor.

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