New Orleans Pelicans Discussion: Five Offseason Questions

Jun 22, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry talks during his introductory press conference as executive vice president Mickey Loomis and general manager Dell Demps (center) look on at the New Orleans Pelicans Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 22, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry talks during his introductory press conference as executive vice president Mickey Loomis and general manager Dell Demps (center) look on at the New Orleans Pelicans Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 6, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Jordan Crawford (4) reacts in the fourth quarter against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Utah Jazz defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 88-83. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 6, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Jordan Crawford (4) reacts in the fourth quarter against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Utah Jazz defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 88-83. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports /

3) Solomon Hill has scored in double digits in four of his past five games, E’Twaun Moore in seven of his past ten, and Jordan “Instant Grits” Crawford in six of his seven on the New Orleans Pelicans. Who has been the most impressive to you, and where do you see his growth going forward into the offseason?

Brian:

I think Crawford has clearly been the most impressive but I don’t see as much room for growth as with the other two players.  Crawford is what he is at this point in his career.  He will be a solid scorer off the bench that can provide a spark.  I think Hill is the most important player of the this trio as he is tied up with a large contract and that matters in the NBA.  The Pelicans need to see a more consistent contribution by Hill, and if that happens they will be a much more successful team.

Tyler:  

Jordan “Instant Grits” Crawford has clearly been the most impressive. The guy is playing great coming off the bench (14.3 PPG). He scores at will and is never afraid of the moment. He’s a risk-taker that maximizes his efficiency by shooting at key spots on the floor. His defense leaves a lot to be desired, but overall he’s the gunner this offense has been in need of for quite awhile.

Wilton:

Jordan Crawford has been the most impressive to me. With him averaging a little over 14 points per game, he has played a big part in the offensive production for the Pelicans, along with E’Twaun Moore and Solomon Hill. At heart, he is a scorer, something the Pelicans desperately need, specifically from the perimeter. Moving forward, if he can continue to bring “instant” offensive production from the bench, this will really help the Pelicans in the long run. I look forward to seeing how his production continues to unfold this season.

Preston:

E’Twaun Moore.  Moore has quietly scored on average as much as Jordan Crawford in the past six games.  He’s averaging ten points per game in 28 minutes on the season, he’s been in double digits in seven of the last ten games, he is a solid defender who anchors a bench unit that is steadily playing better, and he adds valuable crunch time minutes.  He is on what looks now to be a very solid contracts, and is only getting more comfortable (shooting 39.5% from three on the season).

Eddie:

Jordan Crawford last played in the NBA was back in 2014. That was nearly three years ago from today.

For someone to come in and all of a sudden make an impact is rare. Moore and Hill have been playing in the NBA all season long. They have the opportunity to learn and improve as the season goes along. But Crawford didn’t have that chance. He came in just like that and did his thing.

Rick:

Jordan Crawford is a proven scorer at the NBA level. Still, his ability to come into the NBA after a few years off and be as effective as he is shows his love for the game and his work ethic.

He clearly has stayed in shape during his non-NBA stints and has been a complete game changer just with his scoring. Hill has been good, but Crawford has something that can be sustainable for massive production down the line.