The New Orleans Pelican has a short history compared to other NBA teams, but was so lucky in the NBA Draft that a great player came to the Big Easy.
We’ve looked at the five best NBA Drafts have chosen in the history of the team.
New Orleans Pelican NBA Draft Best Pick: No. 5-JR Smith
In the 18th NBA Draft election in 2004, Hornets chose JR Smith from St. Benedict High School. During his two-year mission in New Orleans, Smith averaged 9.2 PPG with 39% of the shots. Without Byron Scott’s coaching style, JR would probably have had a better career in New Orleans.
In July 2006, the Hornets exchanged Smith and PJ Brown for the Bulls in exchange for Tyson Chandler. JR Smith was later traded from the Bulls to the Denver Nuggets and eventually won the ring, which played a major role in the Cavaliers.
New Orleans Pelican NBA Draft Best Pick: No. 4-David West
Drafted by the Hornets in 2003, it was named the 18th overall. David west He was a star and one of the most popular players in the history of the team. He played in New Orleans from 2003 to 2011 and made two all-star appearances.
During his eight-year tenure with the team, West averaged 16 PPG, 7 RPG, and 2 APG. He has 8,690 career points in Pelican. Second most in team history. He was the cornerstone of the Hornets / Pelicans and actually put the team on the map.
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