There's a lot to be learned about the New Orleans Pelicans after three weeks of preseason contests, and there's no better time to declare winners and losers, with cuts on the way around the league.
The Pelicans have been one of the top teams in the league this preseason, riding strong performances from several key players to victories. Buzz is continuing to build after an offseason of grandeur.
It's not all pretty, though, and soon the men you see playing meaningless fourth-quarter minutes will be relegated to their rightful spots on the pine. Get your pom-poms ready boys.
Let's weigh a few of the best and worst performers of the late exhibition season, as we all prepare for one of the more anticipated regular seasons in recent memory.