New Orleans Pelicans: These 3 players standing out in training camp

Brandon Ingram #14 Jose Alvarado #15 and Trey Murphy III #25 of the New Orleans Pelicans Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE
Brandon Ingram #14 Jose Alvarado #15 and Trey Murphy III #25 of the New Orleans Pelicans Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE /

As New Orleans Pelicans’ training camp winds down, most of the focus has been on the new physique of Zion Williamson and how he is fitting in with this new teammates.

Zion looks faster in early practice footage, and obviously made a big impression on his new teammates and coach, who said that he has been “dominating” in scrimmages.

But Zion Williamson is not the only standout in training camp, in fact, there have been three second-year players who have really been turning heads.

Herbert Jones, Jose Alvarado and Trey Murphy III all played big roles for the New Orleans Pelicans last season and will be looking to make a leap in year two.

So far it looks like that is happening, as all three have been impressive for the Pels so far in training camp according to recent reports.

Here’s what teammate Devonte’ Graham had to say about three players hoping to build on their successful rookie seasons in New Orleans.

New Orleans Pelicans: “They’re more aggressive on defense.”

Considering that Herb Jones was a borderline All-Defensive player last season and that he and Jose Alvarado led all rookie teammates in steals, this is a pretty big compliment.

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These two were already very aggressive on defense, with both Jones and Alvarado among the best on-the-ball defenders in the league. Trey Murphy III came on late last season after he was rewarded with minutes after putting in the work on defense.

We know defense is highly valued by coach Willie Green, so it’s great to see these three continue to commit on that end, which is how they are going to secure roles and minutes with the team this season.

“They’re more comfortable in their roles”

Aside from Herb Jones, none of these three had a steady role last season, which can be tough for rookies. Jose Alvarado eventually carved one out for himself as the backup point guard, and TMIII started getting more minutes at both forward spots down the stretch.

Their roles should be much more defined this season, as Jones goes into it as a lock for the starting lineup and both Alvarado and Murphy III will have roles off the bench right away, unlike last season.

Both Jones and Murphy III look bigger, stronger and should be more ready to take on the grind of big minutes this season. Alvarado has been shooting the lights out all offseason, and should be more comfortable not only creating for his teammates, but also taking 3-point shots off the ball.

This bodes well for the Pelicans’ chances this season, as they are looking for big internal improvements to push them to the top of the Western Conference.

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