The first season for the New Orleans Pelicans without Anthony Davis is set to be an interesting one as the team could double its all-stars.
The Pelicans did get some luck in landing Zion Williamson in the 2019 NBA Draft, but they also got some great young pieces and a lot of draft capital that puts them in one of the best positions in the league moving forward.
The Pelicans are definitely one of the most exciting teams to watch this year. They have a ceiling that is much higher than people think and the young group of guys can really go out and shock the league.
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Even if they do not win enough games to make the playoffs, the team is going to play a fun style of basketball that is going to be extremely fun to watch all season long. This will help Pelican fans completely forget about Davis altogether.
The absolute best-case scenario is that the Pelicans do sneak into the playoffs and even take a game or two in the first series. If that were to happen, the team would have to get the best version of two specific players, which would, in turn, lead to the team getting two all-stars.
The case for Ingram is outlined and has been done by countless players in the past. With a change of scenery and a situation that suits him better, Ingram could experience a massive fourth-year leap that sees him realize all of the potential he has shown in three years.
Ingram is already an above-average player as it is so if he really comes into his own this year then he could put up all-star numbers. It is not crazy to think that Ingram can average 23 and seven, which definitely would be enough to get the nod if he has the narrative and voting around him.
The case for Holiday is slightly harder but there definitely is a case to be made. Holiday played the best season of his career last year and is just entering into his prime. There is no better way to announce that he has fully arrived by making the all-star game.
Just a marginal increase in scoring will lead to 23 points per game for Holiday. His assist numbers will likely be lower because of Lonzo Ball, but having Ball is also going to give Holiday much more efficient looks, leading to much more efficient scoring.
If he can do that and play good defense then he absolutely can sneak into a reserve guard spot, especially if someone has to pull out of the game (there is always one).
It is a tall order for both guys but it is definitely something that they both can do and if the New Orleans Pelicans win enough games to make the postseason then that will have meant that they did do it.