The New Orleans Pelicans are entering a new era for the franchise that won’t just be fans for New Orleans faithful, but for the entire NBA.
It feels like the New Orleans Pelicans kind of got lost in the shuffle in what has been a crazy NBA offseason. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to Brooklyn, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard to LA, and most importantly for the Pelicans sake, Anthony Davis to the Lakers.
The Pelicans obviously were talked about. David Griffin got every asset he could for Anthony Davis and sucked that well until it became dry. They won the lottery and subsequently got the chance to draft the most anticipated rookie since LeBron James.
There certainly was some buzz there, but not nearly as much as there could have been. While the buzz was there for the draft and for the Davis blockbuster, not many people have been talking about the kind of team that the Pelicans are.
The Pelicans are a young team, a fresh team, an exciting team. They are a team that, despite losing one of the best players in the league, somehow became more of a must-watch when they are on TV.
That is why the Pelicans have 30 nationally televised games during the 2019-2020 season, which is the ninth most in the league. They are the highest non-playoff team from last year on the list, with the next highest non-playoff team being the Dallas Mavericks, who have 20 nationally televised games.
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