The New Orleans Pelicans organization was without a choice in the 2014 NBA draft thanks to its 2013 trade that sent then-pick Nerlens Noel and this year’s selection to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday.
According to John Reid of The Times-Picayune, the team was trying to obtain a 2014 slot via trade, but those intentions did not come to fruition. The night wasn’t a total waste, though, as Reid also reported that general manager Dell Demps did complete a transaction that sent point guard Pierre Jackson to the 76ers for Philadephia's second-round choice, Russ Smith.
Still, losing out on a very deep prospect pool was disappointing, and now this franchise has to choose from the best of the rest.
The Pelicans' main area for concern is improving both their interior and perimeter defense. Granted, their recent acquisition of Omer Asik gives the team a pair of great paint protectors along with Anthony Davis, but the reserve group needs a protective infusion, too.
It would not hurt if another shooter was also added to bolster the bench’s scoring production.
Now that the official selection process is over, let’s take a look at the undrafted athletes who would be solid contributors for the Pelicans.