David Griffin expects New Orleans Pelicans to play at fastest pace in NBA history
Despite losing their former cornerstone superstar Anthony Davis this summer, New Orleans Pelicans Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin still believes that this is going to be a good year for his team.
There is no doubt that the Pelicans took a huge hit when they parted ways with the irreplaceable Davis, but nevertheless, the tremendous haul they got in return is able to somewhat soften the blow. In his mind, Griffin believes they will be fielding a formidable side next season — one that will shock the NBA in terms of the extremely fast-paced basketball they intend to play.
“We’ll probably play the fastest style of ball that’s been played, maybe ever,” said Griffin, via Jake Fischer of SI.
Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry appears to be on the same boat, with the seasoned shot-caller echoing his superior’s statement.
“If we don’t lead the league in pace next year, I’ll be disappointed,” Gentry says.
With rookie sensation Zion Williamson leading the way, along with a tenured backcourt duo of Jrue Holiday and JJ Redick, and the addition of three former Los Angeles Lakers studs in Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart, the Pelicans will by no means be short of multiple playmakers sharing the floor at the same time.
Nonetheless, Griffin went on to say that while their high-octane offense will be what sets his team apart, he believes that their defense will also be a force to be reckoned with.
“We’re going to be able to defend at an alarming pace,” Griffin says.
With so much hype entering the new season, it’s as if the Pelicans faithful have had a much easier time getting over the departure of Davis. It’s exciting times ahead in New Orleans.