No longer Hornets, the New Orleans Pelicans have a certain buzz surrounding them this offseason.
The Hornets were a 27-55 club in 2012-13, but general manager Dell Demps has been busy trying to turn his franchise into contenders.
That meant trading away two-fifths of last year’s starting lineup while getting younger, more proficient players for the future.
The acquisitions of All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans have bolstered the backcourt. Adding solid role players for depth has changed the atmosphere of the team as preparations begin for 2013-14.
With the roster basically set—there is no more cap room for Demps to play with—these early power rankings will take into account the non-guaranteed contracts of Brian Roberts and Darius Miller, as well as the recent draft picks acquired via trade (Pierre Jackson and Jeff Withey), all of whom are on the summer league roster.
Does a new signing have the top spot? Does that honor go to Anthony Davis or Eric Gordon? Let’s find out.