The New Orleans Pelicans finished last season with a 45-37 record. That was good enough to be tied in 8th place with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Pelicans held the tiebreaker against the Thunder so the Pelicans advanced into the playoffs and the Thunder had to watch from home. They were tasked with a tough series against the Golden State Warriors. The Pelicans were swept by the eventual NBA Champions, Golden State Warriors.
The best thing that happened to the New Orleans Pelicans in the offseason was the fact that they got rest. Pelicans are an injury filled team. Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans, Ryan Anderson, and Anthony Davis could all use the rest. Other than that, the Pelicans had a pretty quiet offseason. They signed low profile players like Chris Douglas-Roberts, Kendrick Perkins, Alonzo Gee, and Jeff Adrien. Those are good depth players. They will bring good depth to this playoff squad. With a lot of injury prone players on the team, these guys could potentially see some playing time in the regular season.
If all these guys stay healthy, the Pelicans are going to improve on their record from last season. Another year of development from Anthony Davis is also something that will make them improve. Ryan Anderson getting healthy is perfect as he is the perfect complement to Anthony Davis, as Davis like to be around the hoop while Ryan is a three point shooter. This team will make the playoffs again this season, probably somewhere from the 6th seed to the 8th seed. I will give them a trending: same. They are still going to be a very good squad, but not good enough to potentially be a contender in the tough Western Conference. My power ranking for the beginning of the season is #13.