The New Orleans Pelicans can find hidden talent in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Like the rest of the NBA, the New Orleans Pelicans will be doing a lot of guesswork in the 2020 NBA Draft.
The draft is a crapshoot in the best case scenario, and add to it that this year teams will have far less film to watch, no conference tournaments and no March Madness to evaluate prospects.
This could lead to a record number of first round trades, as teams look to pick up assets or move into a draft that doesn’t have so many unknowns.
It will also lead to a record number of “sleepers” ending up being good players in the NBA. With no clear difference between the 7th pick and the 17th, teams are going to find value late in the first round and even in the second.
This is how teams like Toronto, Miami and Denver are consistently good even though they never pick at the top of the draft. They are able to sniff out talent, find guys who were overlooked, a little older, injured or who fit their system.
If the New Orleans Pelicans want to have sustained success, they need to find a few of these guys of their own. David Griffin’s record in the draft has been spotty, but the Pels do have four picks to work with and should be active on draft night.
With three picks in the second round, the Pelicans are in the position to take risks on potential, to try to find this year’s Nikola Jokic or Draymond Green, the talented player who slipped.
Here are three guys who could fit that category, as they all have talent, fit a need for the Pelicans and might have been overlooked.