2019–20 New Orleans Pelicans season

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2019–20 New Orleans Pelicans season
Head coachAlvin Gentry
General managerTrajan Langdon
OwnersGayle Benson
ArenaSmoothie King Center
Results
Record30–42 (.417)
PlaceDivision: 5th (Southwest)
Conference: 13th (Western)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

Local media
TelevisionFox Sports New Orleans
RadioWWL-FM
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The 2019–20 New Orleans Pelicans season was the 18th season of the New Orleans Pelicans franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). On April 17, 2019, the Pelicans named David Griffin the executive vice president of basketball operations.[1] On May 14, the Pelicans won the top draft choice, making it the second time in franchise history they won the lottery. Five days later, the Pelicans named former Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Trajan Langdon their newest general manager, replacing interim general manager Danny Ferry.[2]

During the offseason, the Pelicans made major roster changes. On June 15, 2019, they agreed to trade superstar power forward and perennial NBA All-Star Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, in exchange for forward Brandon Ingram, guards Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, and three future first-round picks, as well as the right to swap first-round picks with the Lakers in 2023. Five days later, on June 20, the Pelicans selected Duke phenom Zion Williamson first overall in the 2019 NBA Draft.[3][4]

The season was suspended by the league officials following the games of March 11[5] after it was reported that Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. On June 4, the Pelicans were named as one of the 22 teams heading to the NBA Bubble at Walt Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for the continuation of the NBA season. [6][7]

Draft

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College / Club
1 1 Zion Williamson PF United States United States Duke
2 57 Jordan Bone PG United States United States Tennessee

The Pelicans will hold the first pick in the draft this year due to them winning the NBA draft lottery, along with two second-round draft picks.[8] On June 15, the Pelicans agreed to a trade involving star forward/center Anthony Davis where, in exchange for a few of the Los Angeles Lakers' young, promising players, they also acquired a multitude of first-round draft picks, one of which includes the fourth selection of this year's draft. However, the trade was not be finalized until July 6.[9] On the night of the draft, the Pelicans agreed to a deal with the Atlanta Hawks, where they would give up the Lakers' fourth pick of the draft (which became De'Andre Hunter from the University of Virginia), their 57th pick, a future second-round pick, and Solomon Hill in exchange for Picks 8, 17, and 35. Just like their trade with the Lakers, however, this trade wasn't finalized until July 6.[10]

With the #1 of the draft, New Orleans selected star power forward Zion Williamson from Duke University. In his only season in Duke, Williamson earned many honors and awards for his play, including the consensus National College Player of the Year. With the 39th pick, the Pelicans acquired Serbian power forward Alen Smailagić from the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA G League, but traded him to the Golden State Warriors for two future second-round picks and cash considerations.[11] With the 57th pick, the Pelicans selected point guard Jordan Bone from the University of Tennessee. He would end up being traded to the Detroit Pistons after multiple trades.

Roster

Roster listing
2019–20 New Orleans Pelicans roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 0 Alexander-Walker, Nickeil 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1998–09–02 Virginia Tech
G 2 Ball, Lonzo 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997–10–27 UCLA
F 45 Cheatham, Zylan (TW) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1995–11–17 Arizona State
F/C 22 Favors, Derrick 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1991–07–15 Georgia Tech
G 5 Gray, Josh (TW) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1993–09–09 LSU
G 3 Hart, Josh 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1995–03–06 Villanova
F/C 10 Hayes, Jaxson 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 2000–05–23 Texas
G 11 Holiday, Jrue 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1990–06–12 UCLA
F 14 Ingram, Brandon 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997–09–02 Duke
G 15 Jackson, Frank 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1998–05–04 Duke
F 20 Melli, Nicolò 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 236 lb (107 kg) 1991–01–26 Italy
F 21 Miller, Darius Injured 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1990–03–21 Kentucky
G 55 Moore, E'Twaun 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 1989–02–25 Purdue
C 9 Okafor, Jahlil 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 270 lb (122 kg) 1995–12–15 Duke
G 4 Redick, JJ 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1984–06–24 Duke
G 12 Thornwell, Sindarius 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1994–11–15 South Carolina
G/F 34 Williams, Kenrich 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1994–12–02 TCU
F 1 Williamson, Zion 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 284 lb (129 kg) 2000–07–06 Duke
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 44 28 .611 0.0 24–12 20–16 8–5 72
xDallas Mavericks 43 32 .573 2.5 20–18 23–14 10–4 75
Memphis Grizzlies 34 39 .466 10.5 20–17 14–22 4–9 73
San Antonio Spurs 32 39 .451 11.5 19–15 13–24 7–6 71
New Orleans Pelicans 30 42 .417 14.0 15–21 15–21 4–9 72


Conference

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 cLos Angeles Lakers * 52 19 .732 71
2 xLos Angeles Clippers 49 23 .681 3.5 72
3 yDenver Nuggets * 46 27 .630 7.0 73
4 yHouston Rockets * 44 28 .611 8.5 72
5 xOklahoma City Thunder 44 28 .611 8.5 72
6 xUtah Jazz 44 28 .611 8.5 72
7 xDallas Mavericks 43 32 .573 11.0 75
8 xPortland Trail Blazers 35 39 .473 18.5 74
9 Memphis Grizzlies 34 39 .466 19.0 73
10 Phoenix Suns 34 39 .466 19.0 73
11 San Antonio Spurs 32 39 .451 20.0 71
12 Sacramento Kings 31 41 .431 21.5 72
13 New Orleans Pelicans 30 42 .417 22.5 72
14 Minnesota Timberwolves 19 45 .297 29.5 64
15 Golden State Warriors 15 50 .231 34.0 65


Game log

Preseason

2019 preseason game log
Total: 5–0 (Home: 1–0; Road: 4–0)
2019–20 season schedule

Regular season

2019–20 game log
Total: 30–42 (Home: 15–21; Road: 15–21)
2019–20 season schedule

Transactions

References

  1. ^ "Pelicans name David Griffin Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations". NBA.com. April 17, 2019. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  2. ^ "Pelicans hire Trajan Langdon as General Manager". NBA.com. May 19, 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Pelicans agree to trade Anthony Davis to Lakers". NBA.com. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  4. ^ Mahoney, Brian. "Pelicans select Zion Williamson with No. 1 pick in draft". Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  5. ^ "NBA to suspend season following Wednesday's games". NBA.com. March 11, 2020. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  6. ^ Reynolds, Tim (March 11, 2020). "NBA suspends season until further notice, over coronavirus". NBA.com. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  7. ^ Wojnarowski, Adrian (2020-06-04). "NBA approves 22-team format to finish season". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  8. ^ "Full 2019 NBA Draft Order". tankathon.com. Archived from the original on 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  9. ^ https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/26981805/sources-lakers-reach-deal-pelicans-davis
  10. ^ http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/27019018/hawks-trade-no-4-eye-hunter
  11. ^ "Warriors Acquire Draft Rights to Alen Smailagić from New Orleans". NBA.com. June 20, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
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