Their first season under a new moniker wasn't the rousing success many thought it would be, but the New Orleans Pelicans have learned plenty about their roster this season that will inform their decision-making going forward.
Injuries have grounded the Pelicans, keeping their playoff goal slightly out of reach for the time being. Having one key contributor go down is one thing, but losing multiple pieces like Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday would be a tough blow for any team to overcome.
In the absence of those players and several others, we've learned a lot about the guys who survived the injury plague, and how they stack up against the creme of the Pelicans crop. Head coach Monty Williams has remained adamant that even as things change, they still stay the same. Per John Reid of The Times-Picayune:
We have to stay the course and teach the same things. When you win games, you don’t change. When you lose games you have to stay along that path, but there are little tweaks here and there like lineup changes. But we’re still the same team with the same philosophy.
So who has thrived under the philosophy of Williams and Co.? Has recent play helped those who have remained healthy jump past the injured in our ranks?