On paper, the New Orleans Pelicans look like a Western Conference powerhouse. They have a big three of Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, and CJ McCollum, and plenty of talent around them. That potential showed when they went on quite the run to start the season, but then Williamson got hurt, and the team spiraled into a play-in tournament loss to the young Oklahoma City Thunder.
This is not an unfamiliar story for the Pelicans. In his first four seasons in the league, Williamson has only played 114 games, and as a result, the team never quite reached its potential. There were some bright spots, like the growth of Trey Murphy and Herb Jones, but all in all, it was a disappointing run for the Pelicans once again.
Now, they have an important offseason coming up, so let’s look at three disastrous mistakes the Pelicans must avoid making this summer.