David Griffin says Pelicans are ‘going to be a hell of a lot of fun to watch’
New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin is excited to watch the new-look squad in the 2019-20 NBA season.
Griffin, who has made big moves in his first few months at the helm in New Orleans, believes that the Pelicans will be “a hell of a lot of fun to watch” next season because of their young core. According to Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com, New Orleans is expected to play with a faster pace next season.
The Pelicans, who averaged 103.89 possessions per 48 minutes last season, will parade a promising roster led by 2019 first overall pick Zion Williamson.
#Pelicans were second in pace in #NBA last season at 103.89 possessions per 48 minutes. (Hawks 104.56 was No. 1). Sounds like New Orleans will be trying to play even faster. David Griffin on what he anticipates: "We're going to be a hell of a lot of fun to watch." https://t.co/rOeOJ9B7wq
— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) June 26, 2019
The former Duke University standout will be the new face of the franchise after the Pelicans traded Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for a big haul.
The Pelicans will be bolstered by promising prospects from the Lakers – Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart. According to Mark Spears of The Undefeated, all three players are excited for a fresh start in New Orleans and are all thrilled to play with Williamson, who is arguably the most hyped rookie since LeBron James in 2003.
The Pelicans also exercised their option on head coach Alvin Gentry. This means that the Pelicans will continue running their fast-pace offensive system, which will likely be a good fit for Ball and Williamson.
Ball is expected to form one of the best defensive backcourt tandems in the league with veteran guard Jrue Holiday.