Attempting to avoid a rebuilding phase, the New Orleans Pelicans have spent all of its available money to put together a contender.
There are new faces up and down the roster that head coach Monty Williams hopes will enable his team to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2010-11.
While the team has struggled through injury problems with Eric Gordon, Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers and Jason Smith missing considerable time last season, the new signings have added much needed depth to the lineup—each bringing their own unique skill-set.
The success of this team is contingent on playing together and each player stepping into their respective roles without causing a disruption in the locker room.
Plus, there are those who have played poorly in the past and are looking to prove they deserve a spot in Williams’ rotation.
Davis is the face of the franchise and newly-acquired Jrue Holiday comes to the team fresh off a career-year at age 23. The two best players on the roster know what is expected of them, it’s the role players and those plagued by previous injuries who most need to step up in 2013-14.
Position shifts will be a common occurrence, but will these players be reliable when their number is called?