Pelicans yet to line up Anthony Davis, Julius Randle, Nikola Mirotic together
The New Orleans Pelicans have yet to put out three of their best frontcourt players in one lineup, as talisman Anthony Davis, newly acquired forward Julius Randle and marksman Nikola Mirotic have not seen the floor together at any point during practice.
“No. We haven’t. Not even in practice,” said Davis, according to Scott Kushner of The Advocate. “Maybe we will (Monday). But I definitely want to see it. I think it will be an interesting lineup.”
The lineup would give New Orleans three of its best rebounders and a daring mix of athleticism and perimeter efficiency that could be an interesting counter in an era of small ball.
The Pelicans would have a frontcourt that starts at 6-foot-10 with Mirotic as a small forward, a robust 6-foot-9 Randle at power forward, then Davis in the middle — allowing for plenty of nightmarish combinations.
It’s unlikely that this potential lineup would finish games together or even be seen in Wednesday’s season opener, at least for now, according to Kushner. But there remains a semblance of hope for those who want to see the most talent-stacked lineup New Orleans can offer on the floor.
Coupled with a backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Elfrid Payton, the Pelicans could forge this lineup as one of their best if coach Alvin Gentry ever deems it possible.