The Pelicans’ defensive bench unit
One thing I love about this season’s Pelicans is that the bench can go from a weakness to a weapon.
The Pelicans’ bench is going to be young and fast and should be able to use defensive pressure to create easy shots on the other end.
I love the idea of using a unit like this to inject some life into the team when they are struggling offensively or can’t get stops.
- Kira Lewis Jr.
- Herbert Jones
- Trey Murphy III
- Naji Marshall
- Jaxson Hayes
I know that Herbert Jones is a 2nd-round pick who may not play right away but he has a lot of Draymond Green qualities and I think it’s going to be tough to keep him off the floor because of his ability to defend and be that “glue guy.”
I love the idea of this group flying around on defense and using their length to get deflections, steals and blocks so they can get out and run.
We saw a little of this in Summer League, with Kira Lewis Jr. and Herb Jones hounding the ball and then pushing the pace.
The Pelicans are going to have a ton of options this season and I am excited to see the different groups Willie Green will use to gain specific advantages.