The New Orleans Pelicans are building for the future. With young talent across the roster, the 2013 NBA Draft is where general manager Dell Demps will look to add prospects to help turn the team around.
The Pelicans were 27-55 last season and possess the sixth pick in the draft on Thursday, June 27.
There are a few ways Demps can approach the draft. With a high lottery pick, there are bound to be players on the board who will fill positions of need. Help is required on the wing and in the frontcourt.
New Orleans’ defense was ranked 28th in opponents’ adjusted field goal percentage in 2012-13.
Demps could go with a small forward or combo-wing player to provide necessary help on the perimeter. He could also choose to strengthen his teams’ defense in the paint by selecting a big to pair alongside last year’s No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis.
There is no certainty in which direction the top-five teams will go, leaving Demps with an open playbook as he will await the Pelicans’ turn.
According to the Associated Press (via the Washington Post), Demps said:
Specifically for us, we’re looking for a guy who can come in and contribute and help. That help may be this year, it may be two years from now, could be three years from now. We’re not going to limit it to "we need help right now."
He may have to address this draft creatively, but there is no need to trade the No. 6 pick—the Pelicans only selection of the night. This isn’t a draft loaded with superstars, but there are plenty of quality players who could be valuable contributors on this team.