New Orleans Pelicans: 3 positives for the Pels other than Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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If you’re like me, then you probably dread reading news about the New Orleans Pelicans this offseason, as it has mostly been bad. You’d think this team was in the cellar with no talent and none on the way instead of the team that currently has Zion Williamson.

Even most of the coverage of Zion has been negative this offseason, as fans and writers are focused on all the various reasons he will eventually leave New Orleans for one of the big market teams.

I get it, the Pelicans don’t have a great past when it comes to drafting superstars, as they lost both Chris Paul and Anthony Davis without either having a huge amount of success in New Orleans.

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But the past is not the future, just because things didn’t work out with AD, doesn’t mean the same will happen with Zion. He’s not going anywhere anytime soon, so fans need to stop reacting to every rumor as if it is the end of the world.

The Pelicans are also interviewing for their third coach in as many years, which doesn’t inspire confidence.

But there are still about 20 teams in the NBA that would switch positions with the New Orleans Pelicans right now, so I’m going to take a break from the non-stop negativity to focus on some positives, and there are more of them than just Zion Williamson.

New Orleans Pelicans: A new coach means a new era is beginning

It’s pretty obvious now that Stan Van Gundy was not the right choice for the Pelicans’ head coaching job. He didn’t vibe with the roster and his style conflicted with some of their young players.

But the Pelicans have a chance to get it right this time and David Griffin said in his recent press conference that he’ll be using his entire staff to make the choice.

The Pelicans have a chance to get a talented young coach who can grow with the team, someone like Willie Green or Charles Lee, who could usher in a whole new era of exciting basketball in New Orleans.

Who knows what might have happened last season if the Pels had made the right hire, but we might find out soon and I’m looking forward to a different style and a new beginning under a new coach.