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No. 13 Darius Miller, SF
It's all bad news for the New Orleans Pelicans when it comes to Darius Miller because he's going to miss training camp and the start of the 2013-14 season.
Miller is sidelined with a stress fracture in his left foot—according to the Pelicans—and will be sitting for the next 8-12 weeks.
The good news for the Pelicans is that they don't really need to rush Miller, because thanks to the addition of Mr. Evans, they have all the talent they need at the small forward position.
By the time Miller returns, the Pelicans' core talent will have established chemistry, which means it'll be a challenge for him to break into the rotation.
No. 12 Anthony Morrow, SG
Interestingly enough, Anthony Morrow is tied with Eric Gordon when it comes to being the most veteran player on the Pelicans' youthful roster.
With five years he's going to be looked at for that valuable veteran leadership that every successful team needs.
Unfortunately, that's not necessarily the kind of player Morrow is, mainly because he hasn't been in the NBA long enough to establish himself as a veteran presence on and off the court.
The second problem is that he's not nearly good enough to get significant playing time for the Pelicans. He's stuck behind two younger, more explosive players—Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers—and that's where he'll be most of the season.
No. 11 Jeff Withey, C
There's no reason why Jeff Withey can't make a name for himself on the Pelicans this season.
He's one of two seven footers on the team and the other one, Jason Smith, has a terribly generic name and somewhat of a bum shoulder. That means Withey could earn himself playing time sooner rather than later.
The other good news for Withey is that while he's behind Greg Stiemsma on the roster, he's a more well-balanced player than Stiemsma, assuming his collegiate skill transitions smoothly into the NBA.
Withey averaged 13.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game last year for Kansas. Just think about having that kind of potential alongside Anthony Davis in the frontcourt. Yep, it's pretty exciting.