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The New Orleans Pelicans put collectively a powerful run in 2018, reaching the second spherical of the NBA Playoffs regardless of the absence of DeMarcus Cousins. Whereas the looming free company of the uber-talented huge man looms, the Pelicans are in nice form with Anthony Davis on the roster transferring ahead, although it have to be famous that the roster has some weaknesses (and questionable contracts) to sift via within the coming days.

Even when Cousins returns in free company (not a given), the Pelicans should deal with a wing state of affairs that leaves a lot to be desired. The backcourt duo of Rajon Rondo and Jrue Vacation loved some success however, ideally, Vacation would seemingly play full-time at level guard and solely E’Twaun Moore was a totally dependable wing possibility over the course of a full season. That leaves New Orleans in search of gamers who can defend and area the ground with cheap dimension and, whereas that doesn’t separate them from the remainder of the league, it gained’t be simple given the workforce’s cap state of affairs.

With that in thoughts, the Pelicans additionally aren’t precisely overflowing with capital within the 2018 NBA Draft, holding only one decide at No. 51 general. Nonetheless, our mission on this area is to focus on what the workforce may do to enhance its inventory and, even when a couple of gamers seemingly gained’t be obtainable when New Orleans (lastly) comes on the clock, listed below are a couple of reasonable choices that may be capable of bolster the Pelicans within the close to future.
Potential Targets:

  • Gary Clark – PF, Cincinnati – Clark has the scale of a small ahead however the enjoying model of a rugged huge man. He gained’t current a lot upside however, if the Pelicans are in search of a prospect that would really step in and contribute as a rookie, this archetype is smart. Clark gained’t blow anybody away however he is aware of what he’s doing on the ground.
  • Kevin Hervey – SF/PF, UT-Arlington – Hervey was a four-year school participant however he’s solely 21 years outdated at this stage and there may be some potential inside his sport. He’s lengthy, has good capturing kind (although his outcomes are blended) and has an intriguing offensive ability set. That might be interesting within the again half of the second spherical.
  • Arnoldas Kulboka – SF/PF, Capo d’Orlando – The 6’10 combo ahead was within the 2017 draft earlier than eradicating his title from consideration and scouts are extremely break up on his skills. With that mentioned, Kulboka is likely one of the higher pure shooters on this class and New Orleans may actually use the infusion of theoretical ground spacing. There may be actual growth wanted, particularly along with his bodily body, however a wedding is smart.
  • Rodions Kurucs – SF/PF, Barcelona – Of each participant on this listing, Kurucs is the least more likely to be obtainable however, given the typically tough nature of projecting European prospects, there’s a likelihood he falls. It feels as if he has been on draft boards without end however, if the Pelicans need upside, he nearly may need essentially the most of any participant on this theoretical vary.
  • Jarred Vanderbilt – SF/PF, Kentucky – It could in all probability be sensible for Vanderbilt to return to school and he hasn’t signed with an agent but. Nonetheless, he may keep within the draft and be obtainable when New Orleans goes on the clock, just because he’s battled damage points and wasn’t overly productive in Lexington. From a expertise standpoint, Vanderbilt has no enterprise falling out of the top-50 if he’s wholesome and that would imply a possible touchdown spot in New Orleans.

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