Even the New Orleans Pelicans ended 14 games beneath .500 last year, but the 2014-15 effort should see them vault over the break-even mark.
That is a significant improvement, even though it’s as much a statement about the franchise’s rotten luck per year past as anything else. Jrue Holiday and ryan Anderson missed huge parts of the season with knee and back injuries, respectively. Eric Gordon and anthony Davis lost time as well.
Better fortune on the injury front, along with the inclusion of Omer Asik at the middle, should propel the Pelicans forward as they develop into a team worthy of Davis’ existence. This year marks a critical developmental landmark for Your Brow along with the organization.
Themselves should move in the postseason dialog though not yet a championship-caliber team:
Sean Highkin of ProBasketballTalk writes:
Whether they’ve enough to actually get there is a different discussion, and it is difficult to point to one team out of last year’s playoff harvest that’s very likely to drop out. But if Davis is as good as he is likely to be and everyone else stays relatively healthy, they have got a chance.
The Pelicans are constructing a skyscraper, and it would probably be wise to get in on the ground floor.