The New Orleans Pelicans ended 14 games beneath .500 this past year, but the 2014-15 campaign must see them vault above the break-even mark.
That is a significant improvement, though it’s as much a statement on the franchise’s rotten luck per year ago as anything else. Jrue Holiday and ryan Anderson missed portions of the season with knee and back injuries. Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon lost time as well.
Better luck on the injury front, alongside the addition of Omer Asik at the center, should propel the Pelicans forward as they grow into a team worthy of Davis’ presence. This year marks a critical developmental milestone for The Brow and the organization.
Though not a championship-caliber team, the Pelicans should now move themselves into the postseason conversation:
Sean Highkin of ProBasketballTalk writes:
Whether they have enough to really get there is a different discussion, and it’s hard to point to a single team from last year’s playoff harvest that’s very likely to fall out. But 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 constructing a skyscraper, and it would probably be sensible to get in on the ground floor.

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