The New Orleans Pelicans Look Record-Breaking Good This Year
Just a couple of weeks ago, I was wondering out loud if the moves the New Orleans Pelicans made in the off-season were going to work. Adding Julius Randle, Elfrid Payton, and Jahlil Okafor seemed like good ideas, they're all recent high-end draft picks. But could they work with superstar Anthony Davis? Quick answer, yes.
The Pelicans broke a franchise record last night for most points in a game as New Orleans dribbled past Sacramento 149 to 129.
One of the pieces that seems to have been neglected when talking about the new look Pelicans, was Nikola Mirotic. He was added to the roster last year in a deal with the Chicago Bulls. While in the Windy City, Mirotic averaged just over 11 points per game, and about 5 rebounds a game. He played in 30 games with New Orleans last season, and averaged 14.6 points per game over that stretch.
Mirotic had a career-high 36 points last night, to go with his 30 points in the season opener. Right now, Mirotic looks like the second best player on the Pelicans, and a solid All Star (it's only been 2 games, I know).
Anthony Davis poured in 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Pels, who improved to 2-0 on the season.
New Orleans will be back at home on Tuesday as they host the Clippers.