One week and three games into the New Orleans Pelicans preseason, there are some clear winners and losers that have emerged from the pack.
After much speculation over the past few months, the rebranded, rebuilt Pelicans have given fans a taste of what's to come. Standing tall with a record of 3-0, the early returns are overwhelmingly positive.
And why not? This was perhaps one of the biggest offseasons in franchise history, between blockbuster trades, free-agent acquisitions and the completion of a gorgeous new practice facility. Crescent City residents had every reason to be excited about the young nucleus about to make its debut.
It wouldn't be preseason without some bumps and bruises, however, and the Pelicans have taken their share of lumps, individually and collectively. This team is far from a finished product, considering all the new additions that must mesh together, and some of the Pelicans must prove they can stay on the court.
Focus will always go to the big names, but a Pelicans backup is one of the biggest winners early on.