10 Players the New Orleans Pelicans gave up on way too soon

New Orleans Pelicans, Chris Paul (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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New Orleans Pelicans, Baron Davis
New Orleans Pelicans, Baron Davis (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /

4. Baron Davis

Baron Davis was drafted by the Hornets with the third overall pick in 1999, and he came to New Orleans when then-owner George Shinn decided to relocate his franchise before the 2002-2003 season. The 6’3 point guard was an All-Star in his final year in Charlotte, and the 22-year-old was on his way to becoming a superstar.

Davis was an All-Star for the second time in 2004, but he dealt with injuries during his two full seasons in New Orleans that limited him to just 117 regular season games. The Pelicans made the playoffs both years and were knocked out in the first round each time. Still, Davis averaged over 20 points, seven rebounds, and two steals during his time in New Orleans.

The two-time All-Star was traded to the Warriors at the 2005 trade deadline for Speedy Claxton and Dale Davis. Plenty of tension existed between the star point guard and management as the 6’3 guard forced his way out of New Orleans. Davis was tired of losing, and this trade paved the way for New Orleans to draft Chris Paul.

Baron Davis was a starting point guard in the NBA for five more years, and he twice averaged over 20 points per game for an entire season after leaving New Orleans. The 6’3 guard had plenty left in the tank, and the organization’s struggles forced them to give up on him too soon.