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Tim Frazier could make move into Pelicans starting lineup

Tim Frazier

Tim Frazier has emerged as a “safe bet” to become the New Orleans Pelicans starting point guard to start the season, according to Brett Dawson of the New Orleans Advocate.

Coming at the heels of the signing of Lance Stephenson to the provisional preseason roster, things are starting to fall in place for the team.

Injury-prone Tyreke Evans has still not fully recovered from a right knee surgery and is not expected to start the season, after having undergone three knee procedures in the span of nine months.

With the only other options being Langston Galloway and E’Twaun Moore — both converted point guards — Frazier is the clear cut choice to start at point.

Undrafted out of Penn State, Frazier isn’t a big name in the NBA, but he’s made an impression on Alvin Gentry and his coaching staff.

The 6-foot-1 guard has been on three teams in his two years in the league, but made a splash at the end of last season — scoring in double figures in 13 of his 16 appearances for the Pelicans.

Frazier posted averages of 13.3 points, 10.4 assists, 4.9 rebounds and two steals per game in the month of April.

While being a fairly small point guard, his ability to penetrate and find the open man is uncanny and he can prove to be a huge asset for the team is he improves his shot selection.

Jrue Holiday‘s hiatus from the team could allow Frazier to settle as the starter until the All-Star Game and potentially the entire season, depending on how events develop.

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