2018–19 New Orleans Pelicans season

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2018–19 New Orleans Pelicans season
Head coachAlvin Gentry
General managerDell Demps (Until February 15)
Danny Ferry (interim)
OwnersGayle Benson
ArenaSmoothie King Center
Results
Record33–49 (.402)
PlaceDivision: 4th (Southwest)
Conference: 13th (Western)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

Local media
TelevisionFox Sports New Orleans
RadioWWL-FM
< 2017–18 2019–20 >

The 2018–19 New Orleans Pelicans season was the 17th season of the New Orleans Pelicans franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

This season also marked the highest number of points scored in a game for the New Orleans franchise, with a franchise-high 149 points scored in their second game of the season on an October 19, 2018 win over the Sacramento Kings.[1] However, the season also produced plenty of turmoil for the team through the surprising departure of DeMarcus Cousins to the Golden State Warriors in free agency, Anthony Davis announcing trade demands that ultimately were not met during this season, and the firing of general manager Dell Demps during the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend. All of this would lead the Pelicans to another losing season with Davis on the team, with a 138–136 overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns on March 16, ultimately eliminating them from playoff contention.

On May 14, 2019, after the conclusion of this season, the Pelicans won the top draft choice, making it the second time they won the lottery.

Also, this season marked the end of the Anthony Davis era in New Orleans, as he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on July 6, 2019.

Draft

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College / Club
2 51 Tony Carr PG  United States Penn State

Roster

Roster listing
2018–19 New Orleans Pelicans roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 9 Bertāns, Dairis 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1989–09–09 Latvia
G/F 5 Bluiett, Trevon Injured (TW) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 1994–11–04 Xavier
G 2 Clark, Ian 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1991–03–07 Belmont
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
F 3 Johnson, Stanley 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1996–05–29 Arizona
F 21 Miller, Darius 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1990–03–21 Kentucky
G 55 Moore, E'Twaun 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 1989–02–25 Purdue
C 8 Okafor, Jahlil 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 1995–12–15 Duke
G 4 Payton, Elfrid 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1994–02–22 Louisiana
F 30 Randle, Julius 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1994–11–29 Kentucky
G/F 34 Williams, Kenrich 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1994–12–02 TCU
F 35 Wood, Christian 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 214 lb (97 kg) 1995–09–27 UNLV
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
yHouston Rockets 53 29 .646 0.0 31–10 22–19 10–6 82
xSan Antonio Spurs 48 34 .585 5.0 32–9 16–25 10–6 82
Memphis Grizzlies 33 49 .402 20.0 21–20 12–29 8–8 82
New Orleans Pelicans 33 49 .402 20.0 19–22 14–27 8–8 82
Dallas Mavericks 33 49 .402 20.0 24–17 9–32 4–12 82

Conference

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 cGolden State Warriors * 57 25 .695 82
2 yDenver Nuggets * 54 28 .659 3.0 82
3 xPortland Trail Blazers 53 29 .646 4.0 82
4 yHouston Rockets * 53 29 .646 4.0 82
5 xUtah Jazz 50 32 .610 7.0 82
6 xOklahoma City Thunder 49 33 .598 8.0 82
7 xSan Antonio Spurs 48 34 .585 9.0 82
8 xLos Angeles Clippers 48 34 .585 9.0 82
9 Sacramento Kings 39 43 .476 18.0 82
10 Los Angeles Lakers 37 45 .451 20.0 82
11 Minnesota Timberwolves 36 46 .439 21.0 82
12 Memphis Grizzlies 33 49 .402 24.0 82
13 New Orleans Pelicans 33 49 .402 24.0 82
14 Dallas Mavericks 33 49 .402 24.0 82
15 Phoenix Suns 19 63 .232 38.0 82

Game log

Preseason

2018 preseason game log
Total: 0–5 (Home: 0–1; Road: 0–4)
2018–19 season schedule

Regular season

2018–19 game log
Total: 33–49 (Home: 19–22; Road: 14–27)
2018–19 season schedule

Player statistics

Player Pos. GP GS MP Reb. Ast. Stl. Blk. Pts.
Dairis Bertāns SG 12 0 167 9 10 1 0 34
Ian Clark SG 60 6 973 89 94 22 8 401
Anthony Davis C 56 56 1,850 672 218 88 135 1,452
Cheick Diallo PF 64 1 896 332 33 29 33 387
Tim Frazier PG 47 17 909 137 206 25 4 235
Andrew Harrison PG 6 0 38 5 7 0 0 9
Solomon Hill SF 44 15 878 133 55 23 10 191
Jrue Holiday SG 67 67 2,402 334 518 109 54 1,420
Frank Jackson PG 61 16 1,169 134 69 25 2 495
Stanley Johnson SF 18 0 247 42 28 12 1 96
Wesley Johnson SF 26 13 377 54 16 12 7 95
Darius Miller SF 69 15 1,757 128 146 40 23 567
Nikola Mirotić PF 32 22 925 264 35 21 25 534
E'Twaun Moore SG 53 36 1,463 127 102 40 8 633
Jahlil Okafor C 59 24 935 278 40 15 40 484
Elfrid Payton PG 42 42 1,250 220 320 44 17 446
Julius Randle PF 73 49 2,232 634 229 52 45 1,565
Jason Smith C 2 0 20 4 1 0 0 8
Kenrich Williams SF 46 29 1,079 219 83 45 19 279
Christian Wood PF 8 2 189 63 6 7 10 13

After all games.[2]
Waived during the season
Traded during the season
Acquired during the season

Transactions

Trades

October 15, 2018[3] To New Orleans Pelicans
Wesley Johnson
To Los Angeles Clippers
Alexis Ajinça

Free agency

Re-signed
Player Signed
Ian Clark[4] July 9, 2018
Additions
Player Signed Former team
Elfrid Payton[5] July 9, 2018 Phoenix Suns
Julius Randle[5] July 9, 2018 Los Angeles Lakers
Trevon Bluiett[6] July 17, 2018 Xavier Musketeers
Garlon Green[7] July 24, 2018 Belgium Belfius Mons-Hainaut
Kenrich Williams[7] July 24, 2018 Texas Christian University Horned Frogs
Troy Williams[8] July 27, 2018 New York Knicks
Jahlil Okafor[9] August 9, 2018 Brooklyn Nets
Darius Morris[10] September 4, 2018 Rio Grande Valley Vipers (G League)
Dairis Bertāns March 2, 2019 Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
Subtractions
Player Reason left New team
DeMarcus Cousins[11] Free agency Golden State Warriors
Rajon Rondo[12] Free agency Los Angeles Lakers
Emeka Okafor[13] Waived Philadelphia 76ers

Awards, records and milestones

Awards

Player Award Date awarded Ref.
Anthony Davis Western Conference Player of the Week November 19, 2018 [14]
Anthony Davis NBA All-Star (6th appearance) January 31, 2019 [15]
Jrue Holiday NBA All-Defensive Second Team May 22, 2019 [16]

Records

Milestones

  • On November 21, 2018, Anthony Davis reached 10,000 career points in a loss against the Philadelphia 76ers, becoming the eighth youngest player at 25 years and 255 days to reach the milestone.[23]
  • On January 29, 2019, Holiday recorded 19 points, eight assists, six rebounds and six blocks in a win against the Houston Rockets, becoming the first guard in NBA history to record at least 17 points, six rebounds, seven assists and six blocks in a game.[24]
  • On March 12, 2019, Payton recorded his second consecutive triple-double in a loss against the Milwaukee Bucks, becoming the first New Orleans player to have a triple-double in consecutive games since Chris Paul in 2008.[25]

Team milestones

  • During the season, the Pelicans led the league in:
    • Total two-point field goals made with 2,739[28]
    • Two-point field goals made per game with 33.4[29]

References

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  11. ^ "Warriors Sign Free Agent Center DeMarcus Cousins". NBA.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
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