5 Prospects New Orleans Pelicans Should Avoid

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5 Prospects New Orleans Pelicans Should Avoid
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There are a handful of prospects the New Orleans Pelicans should avoid in this year's NBA draft. New Orleans drew the sixth pick and it is imperative they add another building block on June 29.

To get a better understanding of who shouldn't be on New Orleans' draft board, we must first look at what the team needs. 

First and foremost, they have a huge hole at small forward. Last season's starter, Al-Farouq Aminu, is a free agent and could be looking for greener pastures. Reserves Xavier Henry and Darius Miller are also potential departures, although the team has the option to keep Miller for next season. 

The Pelicans could also use upgrades at point guard and center. Greivis Vasquez had a breakout year in his first full season as starter, averaging 13.9 points and nine assists per game. However, he lacks the ideal defensive capabilities to be the team's long-term answer. 

At center, Robin Lopez is an adequate starter with a cheap contract (team option for next two seasons at just over $5 million annually). Be that as it may, the Pelicans would benefit from having someone who is better on the glass (Lopez averaged just 5.6 rebounds a game), while still able to contribute on both ends of the court. 

The Pelicans' selection should have the potential to be a No. 1 or 2 option. Franchise guard Eric Gordon is on the trading block and last year's top pick Anthony Davis is still too raw to take the reins.

With last year's other rookie, Austin Rivers, having a disappointing debut season, New Orleans can't afford to swing and miss yet again with this year's pick. 

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