New Orleans Pelicans Lottery Day Discussion Thread

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Published: May 21, 2013
Can Monty afford another season without a playoff birth?

Today can unofficially be deemed the first day of the New Orleans Pelicans offseason, as the first domino is set to fall down at 7:30 tonight. The Pelicans own an 8.8% chance at securing the first overall pick in the 2013 draft and have a 55.3% chance of drafting in the top five. As Ryan Schwan has pointed out, a top five pick is more likely than not going to produce a player that is either a good starter or a star, so history says that securing a top five pick likely bodes well for the Pelicans.

The Pelicans draft odds are below. Sign up for Livefyre and leave your predictions below as to what pick you think we will get and who you think we will take with that pick. Anybody who guesses both will be in the running for a very special prize!

And prior to the draft, hear about all the Pelicans possibilities by watching our Live Google Chat from last night and catching up on our Missing Piece series from this season.

Pelicans Draft Odds

1st – 8.8%

2nd - 9.7%

3rd  – 10.7%

4th – 0%

5th – 26.1%

6th – 36%

7th – 8.4%

8th – 0.4%

 

Remember, leave your predictions below.

231 comments
504ever
504ever

Slight Revision #6 and Porter, although I'll admit C.J. McCollum and trade down are also in the picture now.

daThRONe
daThRONe

Honestly I can see the Wizards trading up or doing a draft and trade with Cavs for Noel. Also I wouldn't be shocked if the Cavs drafted Porter #1 out right. From the reports I read Cleveland is really high on Porter.

daThRONe
daThRONe

Well I'm half right so far.

LaNative
LaNative

What happens if the Pierce/Bradley trade happens?  I was hoping for Burke, but don't think it's a strong possibility that he is there at six.  All of this has gotten confusing to me....I bow out.  I'll keep reading comments for clarity.

Edbballin504
Edbballin504

IMO the 2 teams that hold the cards for the entire draft are ORL @ 2 and CHA @ 4. CLE (1) is easy, Noel. I think ORL (2) reaches and goes Burke at 2. WASH (3) is another easy one with hometown hero Porter. CHA (4) should go McLemore but I could see them reaching for Bennett. Then PHX (5) will take Oladipo. We are the odd team out. I would guess Demps and Monty work out Shabbaz, and if he doesnt work out then we trade the pick for a vet or trade down by adding GV or Lopez to swap picks with CHA.

JayDogon
JayDogon

I feel like with Cleveland winning and thus probably almost surely ending the chance they will take Otto Porter Jr there's a good chance that he or Oladipo could fall at 6. We could of course trade it for Bledsoe or add Lopez, Vasquez or a future pick to move up but I went in thinking we would be in a good position regardless of what pick we got and I still think that.

mrcatz22
mrcatz22

So who's going to be on the bench for Cleveland? Thompson and Varejo will be handling it until Noel gets healthy but what about after. It'd be hard to sit Varejo if he imitates what he was doing last season pre injury and thompson still has a lot more potential for growth

spatching23
spatching23

I say with the 6th pick we take Eric Bledsoe...

BowToTheBill23
BowToTheBill23

Bold prediction: Neither Irving nor 1st pick will ever win a ring in Cleveland. (I know really going bold here lol).

ryan07
ryan07

if burke doesn't go number 2 to orlando, he may fall to us, charlotte has kemba, clev has irving, phoenix has dragic, wash has wall


twowatt8
twowatt8

365 days until we earn the draft rights to Andrew Wiggins~

BowToTheBill23
BowToTheBill23

Don't think Cavs take Noel. If they really want to make a run next year, don't think they'll take Noel.

jsl05
jsl05

Cavs lineup 2014-2015

Irving

Waiters

James (LeBron)

Thompson

Noel

Jmiles562000
Jmiles562000

The way I see it Orlando still won. Get melcmore anyway.

Mkerrigan1
Mkerrigan1

Cavs are taking Noel!! No questions asked!!

tylerswalker
tylerswalker

Top 3 picks are in the east...guess that's good


eMariii123
eMariii123

I'm gunna say either Porter or Oladipo will still be there at 6.... hoping for Oladipo!


mrcatz22
mrcatz22

Maybe there'll be another surprise jump like deon waters and Dipo will slip to 6

fearthepelicans
fearthepelicans

So I'm guessing it will be either Len, Bennett or McCollum.

ryan07
ryan07

noooo, so if Mclemore, Noel, Porter, Burke and Dipo are gone. Where do we go???


spatching23
spatching23

How about those Charlotte Hornets???

mrcatz22
mrcatz22

@LaNative  

Well if the organization is trying to project Rivers as the PG of the future why go and draft a PG. Or even if they are going for a Jennings/Bledsoe, it just seems to be crowding that position. The way I see it is that we need a SF or a good defender which would be Porter  or Dipo. If neither are there, we could trade down to get multiple picks (whether that be for this year or next) and draft someone who fits one of those two criteria. This draft may not have that one superstar but it has a lot of underrated quality that could have some unnoticed talent. I just don't want to see us crowding up the PG position or the PF if they drafted Bennet.

NOLA_P
NOLA_P

@Edbballin504 I really hope Charlotte goes for Bennett! Maybe they will see him as their new Larry Johnson since the name change and what not...lol!  That would be sweet cause then the Suns would have there choice of McLemore & Oladipo and we get the other.  I would love this scenario!!!!

JayDogon
JayDogon

@Edbballin504 If we offered Orlando 6 and Vasquez I think there would be no way they decline.

NOLA_P
NOLA_P

@JayDogon Yes but then the Wizards will take Porter cause they need a 3.  McLemore will go to the Hornets if he was to fall and Oladipo will go to the Suns! Wizards getting into the top 3 messed up everything for us, but hopefully one of those teams that could use a big falls in love with Bennett, Zeller, or Len! Then I could see Oladipo maybe falling to us.  If not maybe Burke, Len, Shabazz, Zeller, or Bennett will be our pick.  If they think Bennett can play the 3????


JayDogon
JayDogon

@mrcatz22 they'd likely hope he returns to that form so they could trade him before the deadline

spatching23
spatching23

@twowatt8 oh god, I know he's great but I dont think I can do another year of this...

daThRONe
daThRONe

I think they end up taking Porter. It's there only need and they are high on him. Noel has more than enough question marks to justify passing on him as if you needed one.

Mkerrigan1
Mkerrigan1

Shabazz or trade. I pray no Len or zellar!!

ryan07
ryan07

Lets hope Michael Carter Williams continues to climb up draft boards

LaNative
LaNative

@mrcatz22 @LaNative , I hear ya about the PG position, however, there are so many questions marks surrounding Austin Rivers.  But, maybe his year of experience will help.  You think?

JayDogon
JayDogon

@NOLA_P if that were to happen and I would much rather either trade the pick for Bledsoe (Or draft someone for the Clippers with an agreement for Bledsoe) or trade back and get 2 first rounders or a first of this year and one of next.

mrcatz22
mrcatz22

@LaNative @mrcatz22  

From what I saw from rivers at the end of the season (before the injury), I'm much more hopeful that he can contribute as a combo style guard but he needs another year or two of experience before I would consider him ready to be a consistent starter. And then it depends where Monty wants to play him too. We do need a PG but I don't think we should get it from the draft, someone more seasoned would be better in my books

JayDogon
JayDogon

@Edbballin504 I was hoping for top 4 to insure we got McLemore, Oladipo, OPJ or Noel but I knew that no matter where we landed we would have a myriad of options whether it be trade it for Bledsoe or even trade back to acquire an extra first in this or next year's draft

spatching23
spatching23

@MikeStanley1 Why would they pass New York? They were the 2 seed, Bucks require less rebuilding to be competitive than Cleveland...