Jrue Holiday claims Pelicans are ‘going to be tough to deal with’
Jrue Holiday envisions the New Orleans Pelicans being a tough team to deal with in 2019-20.
The Pelicans, led by David Griffin, revamped their roster this summer and could be a playoff team.
Griffin acquired Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram from the Los Angeles Lakers in the Anthony Davis blockbuster deal, traded for Derrick Favors from the Utah Jazz, signed JJ Redick in free agency and drafted Zion Williamson, Jaxson Haynes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker in the 2019 NBA Draft.
“Everybody has the same mentality,” Holiday told Andrew Lopez of ESPN. “You can feel that we’re going to be tough to deal with. We’re kind of a younger group. But we can get after it every night.”
The Pelicans will go as far as Jrue Holiday and Zion Williamson can take them. In a tough Western Conference, New Orleans figures to compete for one of the lower seed playoff spots.
Nothing is set in stone, but the Pelicans’ projected starting lineup is Holiday, Redick, Ingram, Williamson and Favors. Ball, Hart, Hayes and veteran E’Twaun Moore will anchor the bench.
The Pelicans have good depth at each position, so head coach Alvin Gentry will have multiple lineups to use throughout the regular season.