• IMG_0329

    Breaking Down Omer Asik’s Defensive Game Winners

    Earlier in the season I broke down the game winning shot Tyreke Evans had against the Toronto Raptors. Last week Omer Asik decided he wanted to win the Pelicans a game...

  • Game Recap Win 4

    Moleskin Moments: Pelicans Out-Ugly Nuggets for the Win

    The Pelicans have been finding ways to win since Jrue Holiday reaggravted his injury, and Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson both went down against Miami. Winning home games when role players...

  • tyreke img

    Anatomy of a Win (And Watching a Winner Being Built.)

    When the Miami Heat vs. the New Orleans Pelicans was picked to be the ESPN game, I doubt they had yesterday’s game in mind. Anthony Davis and Chris Bosh both being...

  • omer_asik_trade_not_happening[1]

    Optimizing Omer: Part 2

    In Part 1 of this series, I outlined Omer Asik’s role, which is to defend, rebound, and protect Anthony Davis. He is accomplishing this role, yet is subject to a high...

  • Omer Asik

    Optimizing Omer: Part 1

    How quickly we forget. After consecutive seasons of atrocious defense, the Pelicans are in the midst of a defensive revival. It’s not that they’re fantastic – they rank 21st in Nylon...

  • Asik

    Evaluating Project Asik-and-Destroy

    For two years, the Pelicans struggled to find a center to play next to Anthony Davis. Last season, the Pels featured the 3 headed monster of Withey, Stiemsma, and Ajinca. Before...

  • Omer Asik

    Starting Slow and Finishing Weak

    Through the first month of this season the Pelicans have hovered right around .500. We’ve seen some good, some bad, and unfortunately, the surprisingly unsurprising happened and injury has again thrown...

  • Eric

    Piecing Together the Pelicans Rotation Without Gordon

    Eric Gordon is out indefinitely with a torn labrum. Depending on whether he needs surgery or not, Gordon could miss two weeks, or the majority of the season. He has started...

  • IMG_0329

    Some of My New Orleans Pelicans Claims After 5 Games

    In the past couple of weeks, I’ve raised some points and made some claims about the New Orleans Pelicans. Let’s do quick check-in after 5 games, see what’s happening. About the...

  • Pelicans go big

    Pelicans Go BIG Against the Magic

    For 69 beautiful seconds in the 4th quarter last night, the Pelicans line up featured the three-headed monster of Davis, Anderson, and Asik… at the same time. The gigantic lineup included...

  • Asik

    Omer Asik and Defending the 2-Point Shot

    I get it. I get the three-point thing. I get why teams do it (it’s efficient, adds entropy to the offense). I get why analysts grab onto it with a white-knuckled...

  • Monty Williams

    In Defense of Being Young

    Aside from having seemingly every player injured for significant portions of the season, there has been nothing more frustrating in the last 2 seasons than watching opponents carve up New Orleans...

  • kevin-durant-tyreke-evans-nba-oklahoma-city-thunder-new-orleans-pelicans-850x560

    Is Small Forward Really a Problem for the Pelicans?

    You’d think the answer from New Orleans Pelicans fans would be a resounding YES. With the likes of Luke Babbitt, John Salmons, Darius Miller, et al, it’s understandable there’s concern. But...

  • IMG_0047

    The New Orleans Pelicans’ Most Intriguing Squadron

    The New Orleans Pelicans’ addition of center Omer Asik answers a question that had no clear answer last season – who to start at center. A more uncertain question, however, is how minutes and...

  • omer_asik_trade_not_happening[1]

    New Orleans Pelicans Acquire Omer Asik in Trade

    The New Orleans Pelicans acquired Omer Asik today in a trade. The trade was rumored in June prior to the 2014 draft, but the trade could not happen until today for...

  • BSS_podcast_picture_square2

    In the NO Podcast Episode 185: Offseason Moving

    The Asik trade is finally done after a string of moves by Dell Demps, so Michael and I deliver grades? Who did the team have to let go? Who did they...

  • Dell Demps

    LeBron’s move to Cleveland allows Dell Demps to get creative with Asik trade

    What a day, huh? As soon as LeBron announced his decision that he would be heading back to Cleveland, the NBA free agency period quickly kicked into overdrive. Among the flurry of deals...

  • Off-Season Targets: Centers

    With Emeka gone and Kaman soon to follow, the Hornets will look to target somebody in the middle this summer

  • New Orleans Hornets Free-Agent Big Board

    The Hornets are prepared for Free-Agency, but is this class more quantity than quality?