New Orleans Pelicans: Stocking stuffers

I have always dreamed of managing a professional sports team, more precisely an NBA team. Wouldn’t matter which NBA team, but more preferable a team that I could start a rebuilding process with. In no way, shape, or form is myself capable of managing a team at the moment, though my General Manager Mode in NBA 2k14 may tell a different story.

The New Orleans Pelicans are having a roller coaster season. One night they will play great basketball and the next night the team will look lifeless. One game the whole roster is healthy, the next game nobody is healthy. The NBA season is a grueling one. For playoff teams the health meter gets even shorter and shorter for players.

The Pelicans are not in any form going to make the playoffs, especially being on a seven game losing streak. On my watch it’s time for stocking stuffers! Before we proceed with putting mini presents into the Pelicans stocking, we need to identify how this is going to work. I will write a sentence out on a piece of paper (please imagine), explain it in this article and then put the information into the Pelicans blue and gold stocking (please imagine). Ready. Set. Go.

Dear Pelicans organization,

I wish the first round draft choice had been Trey Burke, instead of the crippled Nerlens Noel.

Trey Burke is averaging 12.6 PPG, 5.4 APG and 3.2 RPG this season. Burke is making a strong case for 2014 Rookie of the Year. He has started all, but two games for the Utah Jazz and has scored in the 30s once this season. Point guard has been the position that has tripped up this Pelican team this year. With Burke running the point guard and Anthony Davis down low, this team would be in a better position at the moment. Not to mention the Pelicans would also have no Burke, Trey (usable)worries of getting back that draft pick from the 76ers, because there would’ve been no reason to trade for Jrue Holiday. It’s almost impossible to predict averages for the players being drafted and I get that. When a team drafts a player, it’s ideal for the player to have some contribution to the team going into the next season. If Burke would’ve landed in New Orleans, there is no doubt in my mind he would be having an even better season then he is having now. He has great handles, can be productive from the three-point line and can make smart decisions with the ball. Whether he is setting players up to find an open shot or getting to the rim, Burke would look good in blue and gold.

Dear Pelicans organization,

Please find Anthony Davis some help, because when his contract is expired, he may be gone for good.

Do I even have to explain myself on this stocking stuffer? Probably not, but I will anyway. One of the youngest, one of the greatest, one of the most athletic players is in the palm of this organizations hand. Yes, I did say greatest. Davis is having yet another stellar season and it’s only his second year! Crazy I know. He is averaging 20.2 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.49 SPG and he leads the league in blocked shots per game. Now that’s something to be proud of, like Montgomery Gentry says. Davis is a stud and he will continue to grow into his role as a star player. At some point down the road he is going to have the option of becoming a free agent. The Pelicans can’t let that happen. This team needs to find some help for Davis. I think with this strong draft class coming up would be a great opportunity to grab some young talent. The free agent market is another way the Pelicans can pull some players to New Orleans. I think that with Davis being an All-Star this season and with how young he is, that other players would enjoy playing alongside him.

Dear Pelicans organization,

Keep on keeping on.

This team has one goal in my mind at this point of the season. Keep on losing games. That sounds terrible to say, because that should never be the mindset of any sports team. Although, when this team made a deal that said in order to keep next year’s draft pick your team has to finish with one of the top five worst records in the league, than do that. First off, this team should’ve never made that deal. They did, so now they have to pay the consequences.

Mr. Burke is on a mission right now with a failing squad. Mr. Davis would love to have a healthy point guard with a mission statement. Burke has that and would’ve been a nice piece to the Pelicans puzzle. Davis may end up skipping town, but if the Pelicans keep on keeping on, younger talent may be headed for New Orleans. PS, now that’s the way to stuff a stocking.