NEW ORLEANS – There was not much to cheer about for fans of the New Orleans Pelicans this year, as the team finished in last place in the Southwest division for the third straight season with a record of 34-48.
While this is the time of year that struggling teams like New Orleans can build a strong future through selecting prospects in the draft, the franchise does not have that luxury as general manager Dell Demps traded away all of the Pelicans picks in the 2014 Draft last year to acquire point guard Jrue Holiday from the Philadelphia 76ers.
“Players that are coming into the league right now are so young now,” said Demps in a recent interview. “I like the guys that we have on our roster.” [quote from NOLA.com]
While Demps says that he is happy with the current roster of the Pelicans, the team has shown that they are not capable of competing in a tough division that is host to the defending world champion San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, and Dallas Mavericks; teams that all made it to the postseason this year.
Right now more than ever, the Pelicans could really use a pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. However, with just ten days until the selection and no moves yet to be made, it looks as though New Orleans will not be partaking in this year’s festivities.
~Jordan Cope (@JordanCope26)