NBA Analyst: Pelicans "Know What They're Doing"

A few months ago, the Pelicans were in disarray; now they have Zion and boatloads of assets around which to build

June 21, 2019 - 9:06 am
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A few months ago, the New Orleans Pelicans were in disarray, a franchise on the brink. Then along came David Griffin, who dealt Anthony Davis for a king’s ransom and made great moves during the NBA Draft on Thursday to maximize the Pelicans’ assets.

“I love what David Griffin is doing,” Patreon NBA writer Jared Dubin said on Ferrall on the Bench. “Obviously landing Zion Williamson at No. 1 helps a lot, but I thought he did really well in the trade with the Hawks, moving down from No. 4 to No. 8, picking up No. 17 and the second-round pick and the future protected first-round pick from the Cavs as well. Then they wound up surrounding Zion Williamson and Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart and Jrue Holiday with just a bunch of really good athletes and good players.”

The Pelicans took Texas’ Jaxson Hayes at No. 8 and Virginia Tech’s Nickeil Alexander-Walker at No. 17. Griffin then took Serbia’s Alen Smailagic, a former Warriors G-Leaguer, in the second round – two picks before Golden State – and dealt him to the Dubs for two future seconds.

“I feel like they just know what they’re doing,” Dubin said.

The Hawks, meanwhile, took Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter and Duke’s Cam Reddish at Nos. 4 and 10, respectively.

“I think they paid a very high price to move up from 8 to 4,” Dubin said, “but the players they wound up with at 4 and 10 in Hunter and Reddish are just abut as perfect a fit as you can get between the Trae Young-Kevin Huerter backcourt and John Collins in the front court. They’re guys that are going to play their role, space the floor on offense and defend multiple positions on defense. That’s exactly what they needed.”

Click below to listen to Dubin’s interview in its entirety.