Six weeks into the New Orleans Pelicans 2013-14 campaign, the team's best and worst players have begun to distinguish themselves, opening the door for us to rank them from top to bottom.
After an offseason filled with bluster, the Pelicans first flight hasn't exactly been smooth. The team is hovering around .500 with about a fifth of the schedule in its rearview mirror, with injuries and rotational issues presenting roadblocks for the young outfit.
Despite the setbacks, there's plenty of game tape available with which to evaluate the players. It's all fun and games to make predictions before meaningful basketball is played, but all that matters now are whether the players are producing positive results.
While several of the top spots seem like locks, a few early surprises and dynamic performances have to be considered when taking a long view of the team.
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*All stats current as of Dec. 2, up to but not including the Pelicans' game against the Chicago Bulls.