New Orleans Pelicans: The best of the best

The New Orleans Pelicans had a heartbreaking loss two nights ago against the Houston Rockets and lost by 3 points. The Pelicans had the game in their hands, but late in the fourth quarter the Rockets stole the win away from the Pelicans. Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis had a big night for the Pelicans. Gordon finished the game with 35 points and 6 assists. Davis finished the game with 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

Pelicans are in a rough spot right now and all the fans need an article to read that will bring them joy. Hopefully, reading this will make the fans forget about the streak the Pelicans are on for just a little bit. This article is going to tell you who the best players in Pelicans history are, according to me.

The players I will be naming have appeared in games for the Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Hornets, or New Orleans Pelicans. We all remember the greats that played for this franchise, but what lineup would make this franchise unstoppable? There are 5 players in my mind that I think would make a great starting lineup for this franchise.

POINT GUARD

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This franchise had one of the greatest point guards in the game and this guy may go down as one of the greatest point guards to play the game of basketball. He was always getting his teammates involved and had the sickest crossover anyone has seen. This great point guard had almost all his career highs with this franchise. His career high in point average was after the 2008-2009 season when he averaged 22.8 points per game.  His career high for assist average was after the 2007-2008 season when he averaged 11.8 assists per game. The start of the 2011-2012 season this franchise saw Chris Paul play for another team. It’s hard to be angry with Paul for leaving this team, but he did what he had to do. He may go down as the greatest point guard to play for this franchise. He did so much for this team and helped them get to the playoffs 3 times. In my book Chris Paul will be the greatest player to play for this franchise.

SHOOTING GUARD

I wish I could say that Kobe Bryant was the best shooting guard that this franchise has ever had, but I can’t. Bryant was selected 13th overall in the 1st round by the Charlotte Hornets, but was traded to the Lakers right after he was drafted. Kobe would’ve looked good in a Hornet uniform, but unfortunately he never got the chance to suit up for them.

There was a guy with the name of Dell Curry. Some of you might have heard of his son, who is unstoppable behind the 3-point line. Curry played 10 years for this franchise and he was a great role player for his team. This man was lights out from three-point land and now we know where his son gets it from. He is this franchise’s leader in points with 9,839 and franchise leader in three-pointers made with 929. He also is the franchise’s leader in games played and 5th in three-point percentage. When he played for this franchise he won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award in 1994. He was an incredible scorer and if I had to pick a shooting guard for my team Dell Curry would be at the top of the list.

CENTER

This center gave this franchise three wonderful years of basketball. He averaged 21.0 points a game, grabbed 10 rebounds a game, and blocked about 3 shots per game. During his time Alonzo Mourning was one of the best center’s in the game. His rookie year he averaged 21.0 points per game, 10.3 rebounds, and about 3.5 blocks a game. He was selected to the 1993 all-rookie team and finished runner-up for rookie of the year. Alonzo Mourning was part of the Hornets 1994-1995 season when they won 50 games and made the playoffs. Even though he was drafted by this franchise he spent most of his career playing for the Miami Heat. Mourning was an outstanding player and he is the best center to play for this franchise.

POWER FORWARD

This guy is young, but he is the future of this franchise. Some people may not agree with my decision, but I think this guy is going to be one of the greatest players to play for this franchise. Anthony Davis is a great young player and he can only keep getting better. For his career he averages 15.6 points per game and 8.8 rebounds a game, but this season he is playing out of his mind. He averages 19.8 points per game and he is bringing down 10.2 boards a game. To go along with those numbers he leads the NBA in blocks per game with 3.0. The best part about Anthony Davis is that he is only 20 years young and last year he made the 2013 all-rookie team. Davis is always in the highlights and will continue to show up on SporsCenter’s top 10 plays in the future. I would put Larry Johnson in this lineup, but he didn’t have to many good seasons when he wasn’t alongside Alonzo Mourning. Davis doesn’t have any other great big man alongside him and he is still getting the job done.

SMALL FORWARD

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Glen Rice didn’t start his career playing for this franchise, but the three years that he did he played very well. Each year he played for the Hornets he averaged 20 points a game or more. During the 1996-1997 season Rice averaged an impressive 26.8 points a game. When Rice was with this franchise he helped them get into the playoffs two times and Glen Rice may go down as the best scoring this franchise has ever had. When he played for the Hornets he averaged 23.5 points per game and he ranks seventh in points scored. Rice not only could play small forward, but he played some shooting guard as well. He did it all for this franchise and was a phenomenal 3 point shooter. At one point during his time playing for this franchise his 3-point percentage was only 3 percent below 50 percent. He could hit a 3-pointer on command and he will go down as one of the greatest small forwards to play for this franchise.

 

 

These are the five players that I think are the greatest players to ever play for this franchise. Some young and some old, but they all could and still can play the game of basketball. Will these five players always be on this list? Yes, probably, but hopefully in the future this franchise will produce many more great players.

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