After a 2013-14 season that was decimated by injuries, the New Orleans Pelicans head into this year with high hopes and one of the brightest young stars in the game in Anthony Davis.
Even after going just 34-48 last season, there’s reason for optimism in New Orleans. A trade to acquire Omer Asik should give New Orleans a defensive anchor, and the improved play of Tyreke Evans late last year could be a great sign moving forward. With Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson expected to be healthy, and with even more improvement from Davis, the Pelicans could certainly contend for a playoff spot.
There are still a few details left to be worked out in New Orleans, though, especially when it comes to the starting lineup. Finding the right mix between Holiday, Evans, Eric Gordon, Anderson, Davis and Asik to form a productive five-man unit may be tougher than it sounds, as there still appears to be a hole at small forward.
With limited assets this offseason, New Orleans couldn’t do much to find a reliable starter at that spot. John Salmons was brought in, but he’s washed-up at this point in his career.
So what will the Pelicans look like come opening day? Let’s take a crack at predicting what their starting rotation will look like.