2015-16 NBA Preseason Power Rankings: No. 16 New Orleans Pelicans

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The Pelicans come into this season with some relatively high expectations. This team has not changed drastically from the team that snuck into the playoffs as the eighth seed before eventually getting swept by the Golden State Warriors. It was a first time experience for most players on the roster so expectations were low. This year is different.

The Pelicans are riding high on the shoulders of Anthony Davis who seems likely to improve even more this upcoming season. If Davis continues his play as one of the most dominant big men in the league, New Orleans should be back in the playoffs again.

What should fans look forward to this season?

The improved play of Tyreke Evans. Evans is a player who can guard the point guard, shooting guard, and small forward position making him a versatile bench player. Even though he may not be starting, expect Evans to still average around 15-16 ppg with 6 assists due to the fact he may be the team’s true sixth man. Health has been an issue for the Pelicans starting guards so Evans may have even more playing opportunity than some would think.

What is their projected starting lineup?

PG- Jrue Holiday

SG- Eric Gordon

SF- Dante Cunningham

PF- Anthony Davis

C- Omer Asik

Who can emerge as a star?

Even though he already is a star, Anthony Davis can improve even more this year. Davis is now being coached by Alvin Gentry who was with the Golden State Warriors last season. With Gentry, expect the Pelicans to play an even faster paced offense and score more points.

With the faster offense, Davis will be able to get even more shots under his belt. Davis is a mismatch for most power forwards in the West so his numbers could be some we haven’t seen in a very long time.

What will be their final record?

44-38

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