The 2017 NBA season will be pivotal for the New Orleans Pelicans — not only because head coach Alvin Gentry and general manager Dell Demps are on the hot seat, and not only because last season's surprise trade acquisition, All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, is out of contract at the end of the year. This season is pivotal because, in a league dominated by guards (the Houston Rockets' James Harden, the Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry, the Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving) and wings (the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, the Warriors' Kevin Durant), the Pelicans are going against the grain and hoping their all-star front court of Cousins and Anthony Davis can carry them to the playoffs.
The early returns from last season were not spectacular. The Pelicans were just 11-14 after the trade. But after an offseason spent working out together in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Lexington, Kentucky and New Orleans, Davis and Cousins hope to have much more chemistry on the court. In two former All-Star guards — the recently resigned Jrue Holiday and free agent Rajon Rondo — along with shooting guard Tony Allen, the Pelicans feel they have enough complimentary pieces around their dominant front court.
- Photo by Derick Hingle
- DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis exchange high-fives.
If the season goes well — and the Pelicans avoid injuries that have plagued them for the past two seasons — it will show the NBA that the popular small-ball style of play is not the only way to win. If things go poorly — and the feeling around the league is still skeptical — the Pelicans will have no choice but to move on from Gentry and Demps, and potentially ship a lot of familiar faces out of town. With those kind of stakes, the Pelicans will be a must-watch team this season.
Twitter has become the go-to platform for NBA coverage. Highlight reel dunks, jokes and memes alternate alongside deep analytical analysis. Fans eagerly wait for the latest trade rumor and hope they're looking at their timeline the moment a trade breaks. To help you prepare for the upcoming Pelicans season, here are some definitely fake, and not real at all, tweets you can expect to see this season.
Tues. Oct. 17 • The start of the NBA Season|
Wed. Oct. 18 • The Pelicans’ first game of the season, at Memphis
Sat. Oct. 21 • The day after the Pelicans lose their home opener to the Golden State Warriors
Tue. Oct. 24 • Anthony Davis leaves the game against the Portland Trail Blazers early, in what likely will be the first of many occurrences this season
Thu. Oct. 26 • DeMarcus Cousins plays his first game back in Sacramento
Tue. Oct. 31 • As the Pelicans go 4-3 for the season
Wed. Nov. 1 • Davis scores 40+ points, again, against the Timberwolves
Thu. Nov. 9 • Pelicans play on the road in Toronto
Mon. Nov. 13 • Pelicans beat the Atlanta Hawks
MON. DEC. 4 • The New Orleans Saints season is winding down, and the team is out of playoff contention
MON. DEC. 25
MON. JAN. 8, 2018
WED. JAN. 17, 2018 • Pelicans lose on the road to the Atlanta Hawks
FRI. JAN. 19, 2018
FRI. JAN. 26, 2018 • Pelicans beat Houston in an upset at home
THU. FEB. 1
TUE. FEB. 6 • Two days before the NBA trade deadline
Thu. Feb. 8 • Krewe of Muses Thursday
Fri. Feb. 9 • Day after NBA trade deadline
Sat. Feb. 10 • Pelicans lose a stunning game on the road to the New Jersey Nets
Sun. Feb. 18 • All-Star Game
Fri. Mar. 16
Sat. Mar. 17
Sun. Apr. 1
Wed. Apr. 4 • Memphis Grizzles at New Orleans Pelicans
Thu. Apr. 12 • Day after end of regular season