Welcome to “Pretty Much Screwed,” our definitive guide to the upcoming NBA season. This team-by-team preview details why it’s probably not your favorite team’s year. Today: Let’s discuss the New Orleans Pelicans.
Nobody knows what to expect from the first iteration of the New Orleans Pelicans. The New Orleans Hornets were a 27-win team last year, but the Pelicans are different.
The initial reaction to the name change echoed this Colin Cowherd tweet.
New Orleans has so much rich & identifiable history, they deserve better than the Pelicans for NBA team name. It's even a weak,floppy bird.
— Colin Cowherd (@ESPN_Colin) December 5, 2012
Then, people Wikipediad Pelicans and realized they know nothing about them, and that they’re awesome creatures. Well, if we’re discussing the brown ones. We only like the brown ones. No offense to the whites.
The Brown Pelican is the state bird of Louisiana, and it’s the only species of pelican that dives to catch its prey. The Brown Pelican is a raptor, without the stupid purple dinosaur logo.
It cruises above the water, its eyesight so good that it can see fish beneath the surface from 60 feet up. Then it spirals into a death dive, streaking down upon the unsuspecting prey before it knows what hit it. The last thing that fish ever sees is the light blinking out as the pelican’s gaping beak closes around it, and it’s swallowed—while still alive.
The pelican will eat as much as four pounds of fish per day, nearly half its body weight. Its bloodlust is insatiable. It wants to kill you and everyone you’ve ever cared about. Don’t believe me? Here’s a pelican eating baby ducklings. And because that’s not cruel enough, it makes their mother watch.
My reaction was a bit different, because I was dropped on my head frequently as a child.
I stand by my analysis.
As for the team, they’re screwed. Here’s what you need to know:
They added Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans to their backcourt, which already contains Eric Gordon. This is potentially really good. ‘Reke will probably have to come off the bench. This may help him, or it may send him into a Pelican-like rage and make him murder an unsuspecting fan.
They also have Ryan Pelicanderson and Anthony Davis. This team may be screwed, but it will be fun.
Basically: they’re too good to tank, they’re committed to a talented core of weird players that could fit together and go nuts, but they could be really bad and be stuck with this team. They’re likely not getting a top pick. But their upside is what? Can you see any feasible way they finish above seventh in the West? I suppose that’s the best case scenario, and then their opponent loses its best player and they somehow make the second round.
They will be fun to watch, they have upside, and they are young. But they’re better than all the teams that are tanking, and they’re worse than the majority of teams that aren’t.
They’re Pretty Much Screwed, but of all the dudes you’ll watch get screwed this year on TV, this bunch will be the most entertaining.
Actual season prediction: 42-40, 10th in the West.