Don’t let Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins being on this team fool you. The Pelicans are not that good.
Yes, Davis and Cousins are arguably the best at their respective positions, but outside of the two, New Orleans has little to nothing. Jrue Holiday should help with the scoring load, but that’s about it. Adding Rajon Rondo looks good on paper, with his court vision and ability to pass the ball. However, he is already injured and he has been known as a locker room problem more than a solid basketball player these days.
If we are being honest, the difference between Houston and New Orleans are the role players. Houston has two great players in James Harden and Chris Paul, while the Pelicans have Cousins and Davis. The teams go in two different directions when you look at the teams as a whole. New Orleans best players outside of their superstars are Ian Clark, Rondo, and Tony Allen. Houston on the other hand has Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson, Clint Capela, and Eric Gordon.
The biggest concern with New Orleans is their weakest positions are the NBA’s strongest. With players like Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, and John Wall at the point, The Pelicans do not have any solid counters for the one spot. In addition, New Orleans are at their WEAKEST at small forward. And having no way to stop players like Kevin Durant, LeBron James, or Kawhi Leonard is what will doom this team if they don’t find suitable replacements.
Trade rumors will swirl this entire season around Cousins as this is a contract year of him. Teams like Cleveland and Boston have been rumored to have their eye on the situation. Do not be surprised if one of the two superstars get traded before or at the deadline if the team is out of the playoff race by then.
New Orleans will be only as good as their big two can take them. The problem is, with how the NBA is structured, they can’t take them far.