2017–18 New Orleans Pelicans season

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2017–18 New Orleans Pelicans season
Head coachAlvin Gentry
General managerDell Demps
OwnersTom Benson (until March 15, his death)
Gayle Benson (March 15 onwards)
ArenaSmoothie King Center
Results
Record48–34 (.585)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Southwest)
Conference: 6th (Western)
Playoff finishConference Semifinals
(Lost to Warriors 1–4)

Local media
TelevisionFox Sports New Orleans
RadioWWL-FM
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The 2017–18 New Orleans Pelicans season was the 16th season of the New Orleans Pelicans franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Pelicans were coached by Alvin Gentry in his third year as head coach. They played their home games at the Smoothie King Center as members of the Western Conference's Southwest Division.

The team's second-leading scorer, DeMarcus Cousins, suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury during his subsequent final game as a Pelican on January 26, 2018, and missed the remainder of the season.[1] Despite losing Cousins, the Pelicans clinched their first playoff berth since 2015 with a win over the Los Angeles Clippers on April 9, 2018.[2] They finished the season 48–34 to finish in second place in the Southwest Division.

In the Playoffs, the Pelicans faced off against the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers in the First Round. On April 14, 2018, the Pelicans won the first game in the First Round playoff series which marked the franchise's first playoff game win since the 2011 playoffs' First Round series against the Los Angeles Lakers.[3][4] On April 21, the Pelicans completed the playoff series sweep over the Trail Blazers, marking the franchise's first series win since 2008.[5][6] It also marked the first playoff series sweep in franchise history, and the first time that a team seeded sixth or lower had swept a First Round series since the NBA had expanded the First Round to a best-of-seven series.[7] They advanced to the Conference Semifinals to face the second-seeded and eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors, the team that swept them in the First Round of the 2015 playoffs.[8] The Pelicans lost the series in five games and were eliminated from the playoffs.[9][10]

As of 2020, this marked the last time the Pelicans made the playoffs.

Draft

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College / Club
2 31 Frank Jackson PG  United States Duke

Prior to the NBA draft, the Pelicans had only one second round pick, having traded their first round pick, rookie Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and the Philadelphia 76ers' original second round pick to the Sacramento Kings in a blockbuster trade for star center DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi.[11][12] On June 21, 2017, however, the Pelicans acquired the Washington Wizards' second round pick (No. 52 overall) in exchange for guard Tim Frazier.[13] As a result, the Pelicans entered draft night with two second round and no first round picks. On the night of the draft, the Pelicans traded away their second round pick (No. 40 overall) and cash considerations to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for the Hornets' second round pick (No. 31 overall).[14] With that pick, the Pelicans selected Duke point guard Frank Jackson.[15] With the No. 52 overall pick, the Pelicans selected Xavier point guard Edmond Sumner and traded him to the Indiana Pacers for cash considerations.[16]

Roster

Roster listing
2017–18 New Orleans Pelicans roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 42 Ajinça, Alexis 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 248 lb (112 kg) 1988–05–06 INSEP (FRA)
G 2 Clark, Ian 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1991–03–07 Belmont
G 4 Cooke, Charles (TW) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1994–07–01 Dayton
C 0 Cousins, DeMarcus Injured (C) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 270 lb (122 kg) 1990–08–13 Kentucky
G 27 Crawford, Jordan 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1988–10–23 Xavier
F/C 23 Davis, Anthony (C) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 253 lb (115 kg) 1993–03–11 Kentucky
F 13 Diallo, Cheick 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1996–09–13 Kansas
F 44 Hill, Solomon 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1991–03–18 Arizona
G 11 Holiday, Jrue 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1990–06–12 UCLA
G 15 Jackson, Frank 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1998–05–04 Duke
G 34 Liggins, DeAndre 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 209 lb (95 kg) 1988–03–31 Kentucky
F 21 Miller, Darius 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1990–03–21 Kentucky
F 3 Mirotić, Nikola 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 238 lb (108 kg) 1991–02–11 Spain
G/F 55 Moore, E'Twaun 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 1989–02–25 Purdue
C 50 Okafor, Emeka 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1982–09–28 Connecticut
G 9 Rondo, Rajon 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 186 lb (84 kg) 1986–02–22 Kentucky
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

Standings

Division

Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
zHouston Rockets 65 17 .793 0.0 34–7 31–10 12–4 82
xNew Orleans Pelicans 48 34 .585 17.0 24–17 24–17 9–7 82
xSan Antonio Spurs 47 35 .573 18.0 33–8 14–27 9–7 82
Dallas Mavericks 24 58 .293 41.0 15–26 9–32 5–11 82
Memphis Grizzlies 22 60 .268 43.0 16–25 6–35 5–11 82


Conference

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zHouston Rockets * 65 17 .793 82
2 yGolden State Warriors * 58 24 .707 7.0 82
3 yPortland Trail Blazers * 49 33 .598 16.0 82
4 xOklahoma City Thunder 48 34 .585 17.0 82
5 xUtah Jazz 48 34 .585 17.0 82
6 xNew Orleans Pelicans 48 34 .585 17.0 82
7 xSan Antonio Spurs 47 35 .573 18.0 82
8 xMinnesota Timberwolves 47 35 .573 18.0 82
9 Denver Nuggets 46 36 .561 19.0 82
10 Los Angeles Clippers 42 40 .512 23.0 82
11 Los Angeles Lakers 35 47 .427 30.0 82
12 Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 38.0 82
13 Dallas Mavericks 24 58 .293 41.0 82
14 Memphis Grizzlies 22 60 .268 43.0 82
15 Phoenix Suns 21 61 .256 44.0 82

Game log

Preseason

2017 pre-season game log
Total: 1–3 (Home: 0–2; Road: 1–1)
2017–18 season schedule

Regular season

2017–18 game log
Total: 48–34 (Home: 24–17; Road: 24–17)
2017–18 season schedule

Playoffs

2018 playoff game log
Total: 5–4 (Home: 3–1; Road: 2–3)
2018 playoff schedule

Player statistics

Regular season

Player Pos. GP GS MP Reb. Ast. Stl. Blk. Pts.
Tony Allen SF 22 0 273 47 9 11 3 103
Omer Asik C 14 0 121 37 2 1 2 18
Charles Cooke SG 13 0 38 2 1 1 0 6
Ian Clark SG 74 2 1,455 127 110 33 10 551
DeMarcus Cousins C 48 48 1,737 617 257 79 76 1,210
Jordan Crawford PG 5 0 53 4 13 1 1 33
Dante Cunningham SF 51 24 1,115 193 26 27 16 253
Anthony Davis PF 75 75 2,727 832 174 115 193 2,110
Cheick Diallo PF 52 0 581 211 19 11 21 254
Larry Drew PG 7 0 55 2 8 0 0 15
Solomon Hill SF 12 1 187 36 22 7 1 29
Jrue Holiday SG 81 81 2,927 365 486 123 64 1,537
Mike James PG 4 0 18 1 6 1 0 4
Jalen Jones SF 4 0 19 3 0 0 0 5
Walt Lemon PG 5 0 35 2 5 0 1 17
DeAndre Liggins PG 27 3 244 26 21 10 4 44
Darius Miller SF 82 3 1,944 164 111 28 17 637
Nikola Mirotic PF 30 11 872 246 41 29 26 439
E'Twaun Moore SG 82 80 2,586 238 187 79 12 1,022
Jameer Nelson PG 43 0 897 96 156 79 76 221
Emeka Okafor C 26 19 353 120 8 8 25 221
Rajon Rondo PG 65 63 1,703 263 533 70 10 537
Josh Smith PF 3 0 12 4 0 0 0 2

After all games.[17]
Waived during the season
Traded during the season
Acquired during the season

Transactions

Trades

June 21, 2017 To New Orleans Pelicans
52nd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft[18]
To Washington Wizards
Tim Frazier
February 1, 2018 To New Orleans Pelicans
Nikola Mirotić
2018 second round pick (from New Orleans via Chicago)
To Chicago Bulls
Ömer Aşık
Tony Allen
Jameer Nelson
2018 Top 5 protected first round pick
Right to swap 2021 second round picks with New Orleans[19]

Free agency

Re-signed
Player Signed
Jrue Holiday[20] 5-year contract worth $126 million
Additions
Player Signed Former team
Tony Allen[21] 1-year contract worth $2.3 million Memphis Grizzlies
Ian Clark[22] 1-year contract worth $1.6 million Golden State Warriors
Charles Cooke[23] Two-way contract Dayton Flyers
Jalen Jones[24] Two-way contract Maine Red Claws
Darius Miller[25] 2-year contract worth $4.3 million Germany Brose Bamberg
Rajon Rondo[26] 1-year contract worth $3.3 million Chicago Bulls
Mike James Two-way contract Phoenix Suns
Emeka Okafor Signed two 10-day contracts / 1-year deal Delaware 87ers
Walter Lemon Jr. Signed a 10-day contract Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Subtractions
Player Reason left New team
Quinn Cook[27] Waived Atlanta Hawks[28]
Axel Toupane[27] Waived Lithuania Žalgiris Kaunas
Donatas Motiejūnas Unrestricted free agent China Shandong Golden Stars
Hollis Thompson Unrestricted free agent Greece Olympiacios Piraeus
Jalen Jones Waived Dallas Mavericks / Texas Legends
Mike James Waived Greece Panathinaikos Athens

Awards, records and milestones

Awards

Player Award Date awarded Ref.
DeMarcus Cousins Western Conference Player of the Week October 30, 2017 [29]
Anthony Davis Western Conference Player of the Week November 27, 2017 [30]
Anthony Davis NBA All-Star starter (5th appearance) January 18, 2018 [31]
DeMarcus Cousins NBA All-Star starter (4th appearance) January 18, 2018 [32]
Anthony Davis Western Conference Player of the Month (February) March 1, 2018 [33]
Anthony Davis Western Conference Player of the Week March 5, 2018 [34]
Anthony Davis Western Conference Player of the Month (March/April) April 12, 2018 [35]
Anthony Davis All-Defensive First Team May 23, 2018 [36]
Jrue Holiday All-Defensive First Team May 23, 2018 [37]
Anthony Davis All-NBA First Team May 24, 2018 [38]
Anthony Davis NBA blocks leader (3rd time) June 17, 2018 [39]

Records

Season
  • Anthony Davis set franchise records in:
    • Most blocks in a game
    • Most blocks in a half
      • 6 – tied his own franchise mark on the same day.[41]
    • Field goals in a season (780)[42]
    • Points in a season (2,110)
    • Points per game (28.1)
  • DeMarcus Cousins set a franchise record in:
    • Defensive rebound percentage in a season (30.9%)[43]
  • Rajon Rondo set franchise records in:
    • Most assists in a game
    • Most assists in a quarter
Playoffs

Milestones

  • On November 22, 2017, Anthony Davis reached 7,938 career points, moving him to second in points scored in franchise history after passing Chris Paul.[48]
  • On January 18, 2018, both Davis and DeMarcus Cousins were selected as NBA All-Star starters, which marked the first time since 2009 that multiple New Orleans players have been selected to the All-Star game. It was also the first time in franchise history that multiple players have started the All-Star game.
  • On January 28, 2018, Davis reached 3,857 career rebounds, giving him the all-time franchise high in rebounds after passing David West.[49]
  • On February 2, 2018, Davis passed David West in points scored, giving him the all-time franchise high with 8,702.[50]
  • The Pelicans finished second in the Southwest Division, which was the highest since the 2007–08 season.
  • The Pelicans finished first in the league in:
    • Total minutes played in a season (19,995)[51]
    • Minutes played per game (243.4)[52]
Playoffs
  • The Pelicans clinched their first playoff berth since 2015.[53]
  • On April 14, 2018, the Pelicans won the first game in the First Round playoff series which marked the franchise's first playoff game win since the 2011 NBA playoffs.[54]
  • On April 21, 2018, the Pelicans completed the playoff series sweep over the Portland Trail Blazers, marking the franchise's first series win since 2008. It was also the first playoff series sweep in franchise history, and the first time that a team seeded sixth or lower had swept a First Round series since the NBA had expanded the First Round to a best-of-seven series.[55]

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