The book has closed on the initial season under the New Orleans Pelicans moniker. So what can we make of the performances by this young, talented group?
It's hard to say how much we've learned about the Pelicans going forward, because so much of the season was spent with major players sidelined by injury. Last summer's blockbuster moves brought optimism and dreams of grandeur, but what the Pelicans got was agony and uncertainty.
Through adversity, though, there were flashes of brilliance from the young core, a promise of brighter days ahead. When the centerpiece of your team is just 21 years old, it's hard not to be excited for what's to come.
And so it's time to reflect on all that was (and wasn't) for the Pelicans. Anyone who played three games or more and is still on the roster, you get a grade!
Production is the key factor in earning high marks, but injuries will be accounted for and (some) sympathy will be shown for the wounded.