After going 2-1 in their first three games in the Las Vegas Summer League the New Orleans Pelicans earned the seven seed in the 24 team single elimination championship tournament.
The Pelicans, who are guaranteed at least two more games, will take on the winner of this afternoon’s contest between the twenty-fourth-seeded Charlotte Hornets and the tenth-seeded Dallas Mavericks on Thursday the 17th at 3:30 pm CT.
The time in Las Vegas has gone well for New Orleans for the most part as it has given rookie point guard Russ Smith time to get acclimated to the speed of the NBA game while also forcing him to be a bit of a distributor, given undrafted rookie Patric Young a chance to shine and earn himself an NBA roster spot somewhere and given players like DeQuan Jones and Josh Howard a chance to make an early impression on the Pelicans heading into training camp with roster spots still wide open. The team has also recently seen Courtney Fells play very well, especially shooting the ball, though if he can make the team remains a real question.
If the Pelicans were to win Thursday they would play Saturday afternoon against the winner of the game between the second-seeded New York Knicks and the winner of today’s game that pits the D-League Select team against the Denver Nuggets. If they lose the Pelicans would play Friday against the loser of a game pitting the Sacramento Kings against the winner of today’s game between the Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves.
The brackets can be found here.
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