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The Pelicans Are in a Great Position

Davion Moore

Posted on May 15, 2019 15:24

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The New Orleans Pelicans received the 1st pick of the 2019 draft.

The ball is in the Pelicans' court. On Tuesday, the Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery. Now, the Pelicans will receive the first pick of the 2019 NBA Draft. In other words, luck was on their side.

Initially, the Pelicans had a six percent chance of receiving the first pick. Six other teams had better odds than the Pelicans and two other teams had the same odds. The New York Knicks, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Phoenix Suns had a 14 percent chance of getting the first pick. The Bulls had the next best odds with a 12.5 percent chance. The Hawks and Wizards also had better chances than the Pelicans with a 10.5 percent chance and a nine percent chance respectively. The Pelicans had the same odds as the Memphis Grizzlies and the Dallas Mavericks. 

The Pelicans are now in an interesting position. They not only have the first pick, but their star player, Anthony Davis, wants to be traded. The announcement came in January and his stance has not changed. Davis wants to be traded and it could happen in the off-season. 

The Lakers were considered the front-runners, but their talks quickly fizzled. Now, post lottery, the talks could be back on. The Lakers have the assets to complete a trade and could acquire the player they desire in Davis. In other words, what seemed like a long shot could now become a reality.

The Lakers received the fourth pick of this year's draft, so now have another asset to offer the Pelicans, along with their young players such as Brandon Ingram or Kyle Kuzma. 

If a trade happens, this is a win-win for both sides. The Lakers receive a star to go alongside LeBron James. The Pelicans get a chance to rebuild and lift a burden off their shoulders. They no longer have to deal with the Anthony Davis fiasco. Instead, the Pelicans would have their pick, another pick in this year's draft and the Lakers' young players. It would be the start of a legitimate rebuild. 

This year, Zion Williamson is the favorite for the first pick. If the Pelicans draft Williamson, they have a potential star player (to replace Davis). Then, if they acquire the Lakers' pick, they can get another potential star, such as De'Andre Hunter of Virginia or Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech. The addition of Ingram and Kuzma would make their rebuild even better. So, the Pelicans gain more than they lose. 

The Pelicans are in an excellent position to acquire several young pieces to add to their core, and they should take advantage of this opportunity.

Davion Moore

Posted on May 15, 2019 15:24

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