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5 greatest New Orleans Pelicans of all time

The New Orleans Pelicans franchise has been around since 2002. They were originally called the New Orleans Hornets, but they changed their moniker in 2013.

While they are fairly young, there’s no doubt that the team has seen a slew of great players represent the city. With that said, we take a look at the five greatest players in franchise history.

5. PJ Brown

In 315 games with the franchise, PJ Brown averaged 10.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists. The Michigan native scored 3,231 points with New Orleans and is seventh in franchise history in points.

“Big Cat” is also fifth in games played, sixth in field goals, third in total rebounds, sixth in blocks and fourth in win-shares.

4. Jrue Holiday

One of the most underrated point guards in the NBA, Jrue Holiday has been with the Pelicans since 2013. He has appeared in 409 games with the franchise, compiling averages of 17.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.5 steals.

Holiday, an All-NBA defender, is first in 3-pointers in Pelicans history, second in assists, third in steals, third in field goals, fourth in games played, fourth in points and fifth in win-shares.

3. David West

The Hornets drafted David West with the 18th overall pick in the 2003 draft. He finished his career in New Orleans with averages of 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

West is the franchise leader in games and minutes played. The two-time All-Star is also second in field goals, total rebounds, blocks and points.

2. Chris Paul

One of the greatest point guards in NBA history, Chris Paul averaged 18.7 points and 9.9 assists in 425 games with the franchise. He made four All-Star teams and won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award.

CP3 is first in franchise history in assists, steals, assists per game, offensive rating and win-shares. The future Hall of Famer is also third in points.

1. Anthony Davis

The Pelicans selected Anthony Davis with the first overall pick in the 2012 draft. The Chicago native averaged 23.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.4 blocks in 466 games with New Orleans.

Davis is the Pelicans’ franchise leader in field goals, free-throws, total rebounds, blocks, points, points per game, blocks per game and player efficiency rating.

AD’s tenure with the Pelicans ended in the summer of 2019 when New Orleans traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis requested a trade after only winning one playoff series with the Pelicans.