The New Orleans Pelicans just played their final home game in the year 2013 on Monday night when they took on the red hot Portland Trail Blazers. Portland is one game back of the Western Conference leader Oklahoma City, while New Orleans is on the outside looking in with a record of 13-15 on the year, four games out of eighth place in the West.
The Pelicans have had a very strong year compared to last year. Last year at this point the Pelicans were still named the Hornets and their record was an awful 7-23. There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Pelicans have improved dramatically over the last year. The Pelicans started off their 2013-2014 season a little rough by losing their first two games of the year, but they have bounced back with win streaks of two and three games. The only problem the Pelicans are having is they can’t bounce back after a loss. Only once have they showed the city of New Orleans that they can lose one night and then win their very next game.
I give the Pelicans the solid grade of a B-
It hasn’t been an easy ride for them. They are playing in the considerably tougher conference, and Anthony Davis is playing very well when he is healthy; he has played 20 games for the Pelicans averaging 19.1 PPG, 10.4 RPG, and leads the league with 3.1 BLKPG. Ryan Anderson has surprised people with his scoring ability this year, the whole guard situation has been working out for them, and Jrue Holiday finally realized he plays for the Pelicans not the 76ers.
New Years is one of the most fantastic times of the year for any professional sports team. It’s a new beginning for the teams at the bottom of the sea. It’s the time of trying to find the deals on the trading block for the teams in the middle of the pack, so they can try to make a run into the playoffs. And it’s a long timeout for the teams at the top.
The Pelicans are a team that sit right in the middle of the pack, they are ranked 11th in the Western Conference and they are ranked 4th in the Southwest Division. They are one of the teams that need to start thinking about the trade deadline. The Pelicans’ main New Years Resolution needs to be making a big move before the trade deadline. The Pelicans have some very great guards on their roster, but in order for the Pelicans
to make a run in the playoffs they may need to trade at least one of them. The Pelicans have five players who are considered centers; they need to look for another power forward or even a more productive small forward. The trade I would like to see the Pelicans make is sending Eric Gordon and Greg Stiesmaa to the Pacers for Danny Granger and Lance Stephenson. Not saying this is going to happen, but it is a trade that works out and benefits both teams very well. The New Orleans Pelicans have some work to do for the New Year, but anything is possible.