Weakside Eyes: New Orleans Pelicans 2013 Offseason Changes

Published: July 9, 2013

Anderson for Asik Rumors

Would I do the Ryan Anderson for the Houston Rocket’s Omer Asik trade if I could? Yes, I would. Many, when looking at this deal, simply address the offensive side of the floor, as Anderson is a “stretch 4” who can shoot the ball . . . . What is being missed here is the answer to the question: “Who will rebound the missed shots?”

The Hornets were ranked #27 in the NBA in total defensive rebounds . . . they lack a center . . . the combination of Davis alongside Asik makes for a very nice defensive line. And let’s face it: the Pelicans need some rim protection . . . Asik can defend pick and rolls . . . help protect the lane/rim . . . rebound the ball defensively . . . improve your team defense. Yes, I know his free throw shooting needs a little work. Plus, Anderson cannot defend. “You are what your record says you are” . . . the Pelicans need a defensive upgrade at the center of their defense.

Maybe there won’t be a deal . . . but if I could make it . . . BINGO.

Holiday and Evans

The Hornets were ranked #26 in free throw attempts last season . . . both of these players can get to the lane/rim. Their off the dribble / change of direction game will improve that stat . . . .

The Hornets were ranked #24 in field goals made and #26 in field goal attempts . . . both of these players will increase your open floor chances and scoring from the guard / wing positions. It can also give you a scoring guard to come off the bench, thus giving you healthy depth.

The Hornets were ranked #22 in 3-point shot attempts and 19th in the total makes . . . both are capable enough 3-ballers. Again, their ability to create on their own is a vital need.

They will also help improve the overall pace of the game . . . the Hornets ranked last in number of possessions.

Eric Gordon

We all know he can play and score . . . flanking him with added quickness at the guard spot will only make things more playful for him . . . he can flourish with the added quickness that’s been added to the team. The Playoffs taught everyone, yet again, the need for having “escape game” players. Gordon, like Evans and Holiday, gives you much improved perimeter play that can force defensive rotations . . .

You Are What Your Record Says You Are

Talk about all the rebounding rates you want for Lopez, or + and – grades of anyone, your record tells you that you have work to do. The Pelicans need talent on the offensive end, and they need to improve their front line. They were not a very good jump shooting team (under 40 %). The Pelicans must go beyond their previous abilities.

Lots of Oomph, No Results

That sums up the Hornets last season: lots of effort but not enough results. Don’t confuse effort with winning. You want talent that creates activity that gives you results . . . you don’t win without talent. The Pelicans needed talent, and so far they are attacking that requirement. There is no room to emotionally attach yourself to a player that does not help you win. You have to know when to walk away from a player and walk towards a new one . . .

“What does not move is dead. What has speed and mobility has more possibilities, more life”

Gerry V is a 21-year NBA analyst, 17-year talk radio host, a 16-year coach, and current anchor for “Fox 8 New Orleans Morning Edition”, 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. and “Fox 8 News at Noon.” Follow Gerry V on twitter (@GVTalk).


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