While he wasn’t the biggest name to come to the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA Draft, second rounder Marcos “Didi” Louzada Silva is an interesting prospect.
The 2019 NBA Draft was a busy one for New Orleans Pelicans fans. We all knew Zion was coming to town (with thunderous applause, of course). Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker brought some excitement of their own. Then, with three second round picks, it was interesting to see who would be potentially rounding out the roster for New Orleans. After some trading around, three second rounders turned to one in forward/guard Marcos Louzada Silva from Brazil coming to the Pels 35th overall.
Marcos “Didi” Louzada Silva is somewhat unknown to anyone unfamiliar with international basketball, but has shown enough potential for the New Orleans Pelicans for them to take a flier on the Brazilian Star. Being dubbed a “Brazilian Josh Hart,” he has a good scorer’s mentality, spot up shooting, a decent 3 point shot (34.7% from three for Franca in 2018-19), and the look of solid, young 3-and-D player.
His tape shows good athleticism and unselfish play. He doesn’t have to be a primary ball handler, nor should he be, and can play off the ball very well. He would need to be more consistent in the catch and shoot, but that’ll come over time. Like Josh Hart, he might not be the primary offensive player in any lineup, but he would command respect of opposing defenses with his spot up shooting.
Starring on the Brazilian Men’s National Team, he helped his home country qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup this coming August. He will be able to continue to play in Brazil as a “Draft-and-Stash” and continue to develop until the New Orleans Pelicans feel he is ready to be brought up and contribute to the team.
If Silva’s development continues to trend upwards (as his stats have currently been doing), he could very well be worth the wait as the New Orleans Pelicans look to grow the future around Zion Williamson, Jaxson Hayes, and Lonzo Ball. Silva will look to prove to the organization that they got a steal in the NBA Draft.