'Tis the season—for another round of New Orleans Pelicans assessments!
With 2013 coming to a close, it's time to reflect on an interesting period for the Pelicans franchise. Finally shedding the Hornets name from locations past, Dell Demps and Co. ensured that the first year under a new moniker would be filled with starry attractions.
Those have come both on and off the court. From the construction of a state-of-the-art practice facility, to the marquee players brought in to make a playoff push, everything about the Pelicans has that new car smell.
But you can't rely on the aesthetics of shiny new toys forever. Despite the youth of the team, fans and ownership rightfully expect winning seasons both now and in the future. The embarrassment of riches makes it hard to accept anything less.
As we all turn the final page in our calendars, let's take a look back at where each Pelicans player has succeeded and failed so far, and perhaps look for areas of improvement.
One thing is certain: the future is bright in New Orleans.
*All stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com, unless otherwise noted, and current as of Dec. 26.