• Rebuilding Mistakes Part 1: When Teams Just Can’t Let Go

    Winning in the NBA is hard. There are no guaranteed paths to sustainable winning or a championship, but there are many pitfalls along the way that make the task even more...

  • TRADES TRADES TRADES

    Everybody get in here! Trade season has begun. This past week we received our first dose of major Pelicans trade news – the Pelicans are shopping around Lonzo Ball, JJ Redick,...

  • The Three Biggest Questions The Pelicans Face This Season

    We made it. The Pelicans open their season tonight against the Tampa Bay Raptors and it’s hard to believe we are finally here. After a complete overhaul during the off-season which...

  • Your Guide To The Coaching Rumors

    Tyronn Lue Ty Lue has been associated with the Pelicans before Alvin Gentry was even fired. With reports indicating the Pelicans had their eye on Lue since the 13 game losing...

  • It’s Time To Slow Things Down

    As I watch the Portland Trailblazers get hammered by the first seeded Lakers on national TV, I can’t help but think how far away the Pelicans are from competing. The NBA...

  • What Is The Best Way To Draft?

    Data driven deep dive into draft strategy.

  • A Small Win for the Pelicans at the Deadline

    The 2020 NBA trade deadline came and went and the Pelicans did not participate in a single transaction. You maybe wonder, how do the Pelicans “win” if they didn’t do anything?...

  • Connection Vs. Creation

    In October, I wrote in detail about Lonzo Ball and his potential role on the Pelicans. While my main point of contention was around the antiquated positional label, “Point Guard”, I...

  • Brandon Ingram’s Max Contract

    It’s officially 2020 and by now it is amply clear that Brandon Ingram is in line for a maximum contract in July. The Pelicans and Ingram had an opportunity to agree...

  • Structuring The Al Horford Deal

    Introduction: At this point there is enough smoke around the Pelicans and Al Horford that this warrants a post. The purpose of this post is to flesh out potential structures for...

  • Why David Griffin Is Serious About Keeping Anthony Davis

    Imagine you have a team with an all-star caliber guard in his prime, a lottery pick in the draft, a couple intriguing young players, and a fair amount of cap space....

  • Building Gayle Benson

    Intro The moment Anthony Davis made his desires for greener pastures known to management, Dell Demps was on borrowed time. Seven years of team building came crashing down with a single...

  • The Scarlet Agency: How The Pelicans Have Gained Control of The Narrative

    It was late Friday night when the bombshells started dropping. Shams, then Woj, then Shams, then Woj again. Outside of head coach Alvin Gentry being thrust into media scrums due to...

  • Catching The Next Wave

    NBA trades are like waves. Each team hopes to catch the biggest one and they are largely unpredictable. I’ve argued all season that the Pelicans go out and catch the biggest...

  • The Beal Deal

    (This article is a collaboration between Mason, Shamit, and 42.) An important part of this season, and retaining Anthony Davis for at least another season, is improving the roster. Bradley Beal...

  • Dissecting the Defense

      Stop me if you have heard this before – the Pelicans have a lackluster defense. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve certainly heard the bemoaning for weeks. If you...

  • Chasing Big

    Intro The Pelicans have put together perhaps the most productive 3 big rotation the league has seen in a long time. The sheer versatility of the trio poses an interesting challenge...

  • Pelicans Scoop: Needs

    18 games in – what do you categorize as the Pelicans’ biggest position of need?   Shamit – With news that Elfrid Payton is now out for 6 weeks, the Pelicans...

  • Pelicans Scoop: Systemic Concerns

      Do you have any systemic concerns around the team?   Shamit – Defense is a concern at the moment but I think it is a symptom of changing personnel. With...

  • In The NO Episode 6: The Pelicans Beat The Brakes Off The Rockets

    First pod of the season. Mason and Shamit react to the Pelicans whooping the Rockets on opening night. Listen on iTunes Listen on Spotify RSS Feed Direct Download

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