Ranking the Best NBA Free-Agency Signings in New Orleans Pelicans History

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Ranking the Best NBA Free-Agency Signings in New Orleans Pelicans History
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Where does Ryan Anderson rank on the list?

Previously residing in Charlotte, the New Orleans Pelicans franchise joined the NBA as an expansion team in 1988-89.

There was an expansion draft, which saw the Hornets obtain Muggsy Bogues, who quickly became a fan favorite in Charlotte, and Dell Curry, who averaged double figures in points for nine straight seasons despite coming off the bench.

It took a few seasons to get the train rolling, but in 1992-93, the Hornets reached the playoffs for the first time after completing the season with a record above .500 (44-38).

Some of the franchise’s greatest players were obtained through the draft and various trades. Once Charlotte developed some star power, led by Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning, the team became relevant and players wanted to sign there.

While there have only been a handful of free-agent signings in the short history of the franchise, there are notable players who have come in and made an impact for the club, even if it was only for one season. 

This ranking goes back to the initial days in Charlotte, through the period as the Hornets in New Orleans, all the up to the present with the Pelicans. It is formulated due to how each player performed while in a Hornets uniform, not measured by their career production. There is one exception to the rule as Tyreke Evans has yet to play in New Orleans but made the list due to his previous successes.

Let’s get started.

 

*Stats obtained from Basketball-Reference.com

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