New Orleans Pelicans: 4 options for pick #10 in the NBA Draft

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The New Orleans Pelicans didn’t get any luck in the NBA Draft lottery, so they will choose 10th in the upcoming NBA Draft.

The Pelicans only had a slight chance to jump into the top four, so it wasn’t a big shock when they stayed at 10, though it was disappointing.

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The Pelicans have a number of options with this pick and are likely to explore trade possibilities using it as an asset.

But this is also a very deep draft, and though there is a consensus top five, there are still some very good players who would help fix some of their glaring holes.

New Orleans Pelicans: Two players for the 10th pick in the NBA Draft

I’ve already written quite a lot about Davion Mitchell and Corey Kispert, so I won’t belabor the point, but they are the two guys most mocked to the Pelicans with the 10th pick.

This makes sense, as Mitchell is thought to be one of the best one-on-one defenders in this draft, is electric in the open court and can shoot the 3-point shot. He is already drawing comparisons to Donovan Mitchell, and no, the two are not related.

Kispert also makes a lot of sense and may be the perfect prospect for this current Pelicans’ roster. He is probably the best shooter in the draft, and even though he does not project to be a great defender, he has good size and should be able to at least hold his own.

I think if either one of these two are still on the board when the New Orleans Pelicans choose with the 10th pick, they will get a long look and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if one of them is in New Orleans next season.