The NEW ORLEANS PELICANS are an American professional basketball team
New Orleans, Louisiana . The Pelicans compete in the National
The Pelicans were established as the NEW ORLEANS HORNETS in the
2002–03 season when then-owner of the
In 14 seasons of play since the original franchise relocated from
North Carolina, the
* 1 Franchise history
* 1.5 2013–present: The Pelicans take flight
* 1.5.1 2015: Return to the playoffs * 1.5.2 2017–present: Davis and Cousins era
* 2 Logos and uniforms
* 3 Players
* 3.1 Current roster * 3.2 Retained draft rights * 3.3 Retired numbers
* 4 Franchise records
* 5 Seasons
* 5.1 Head coaches
* 6 Home arenas * 7 Mascot * 8 References * 9 External links
Main article: History of the New Orleans Pelicans
RELOCATION TO NEW ORLEANS
Finally, a new arena in Uptown , which would eventually become the
In a 2008 interview with the Charlotte Observer , Shinn, who has not returned to Charlotte since the Hornets moved, admitted that the "bad judgment I made in my life" played a role in the Hornets' departure. He also said that if he had it to do all over again, he would not have withdrawn from the public after the sexual assault trial. Shinn emphasized how he was making amends by committing to New Orleans saying, "I've made enough mistakes in my life. I'm not going to make one here. This city needs us here. We're going to make this (New Orleans) thing work."
2002–2005: EARLY YEARS IN NEW ORLEANS
The Hornets opened their inaugural season in
New Orleans on October
30, 2002, against New Orleans' original NBA franchise, the now-Utah
Jazz . In the first regular season NBA game played in
New Orleans in
over 17 years, the Hornets defeated the Jazz 100–75, and
posthumously retired #7 of "Pistol"
Pete Maravich during halftime. The
Hornets finished the season with a 47–35 record but were defeated by
Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs . Following
the season, the team unexpectedly fired head coach
Paul Silas and
replaced him with Alan Bristow. The Hornets began the 2003–04 season
strong with a 17–7 start but sputtered at the end and finished
41–41. They lost to the
During the first two seasons in New Orleans the Hornets competed in the NBA's Eastern Conference . The 2004–05 season saw the team moved to the Western Conference 's Southwest Division . In a season marred by injury to the team's three all-stars, the team finished the year with a franchise-worst record of 18–64.
2005–2011: CHRIS PAUL ERA
In the subsequent draft , the Hornets used their first round pick to
select point guard
Because of the catastrophic devastation brought by Hurricane Katrina
upon the communities of southeastern
The Hornets franchise returned to New Orleans full-time for the 2007–08 season, with all 41 home games in the New Orleans Arena. The 2008 NBA All-Star Game and its accompanying festivities were awarded to New Orleans and a serious marketing campaign was commenced in February 2007. Healthier than previous seasons, the Hornets raced to a 29–12 record at the halfway mark, completing the regular season with a record of 56–26, making the season their most successful ever. The Hornets also won their first-ever division title, winning the Southwest Division . Having clinched the 2nd overall seed for the Western Conference in the 2008 playoffs , the Hornets beat the Dallas Mavericks in the first round but eventually lost to the defending-champion San Antonio Spurs in seven games in the conference semifinals.
In August 2008 the Hornets unveiled a modified logo and new uniforms
with the colors of Creole blue, purple, and
Mardi Gras gold.
Pinstripes were also added to the uniforms. The Hornets also
introduced a new gold alternate uniform in 2010 which was used mostly
in games played on Saturday at home and on the road. The Hornets
finished the 2008–09 season with a 49–33 record. Paired up with
In December 2010 the NBA purchased the Hornets from George Shinn for an estimated $300 million.
2011–2013: CP3\'S DEPARTURE; BEGINNING THE ANTHONY DAVIS ERA
Before the 2011–12 NBA season, the Hornets were considering trade
offers for Chris Paul. Paul eventually requested a trade to the New
York Knicks . The Hornets looked at many teams, including the Boston
Celtics and the
Golden State Warriors as trade partners, but Paul had
made it clear he wanted to be traded to New York or Los Angeles. A
three-team trade involving the
Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston
Rockets was agreed upon, but commissioner
At the end of the 66-game lockout-shortened 2011–12 NBA season , the Hornets had the worst record in the West, 21–45.
On April 13, 2012, it was announced that Tom Benson , owner of the New Orleans Saints , had purchased the franchise from the NBA for $338 million. In addition, Benson announced that he would change the team name to something that would better suit the region, fueling rumors that the Hornets name could one day return to Charlotte, where the Bobcats play. In June 2012, Benson appointed two senior Saints executives to supervise the Hornets as well: Saints general manager Mickey Loomis became head of basketball operations, overseeing general manager Dell Demps , and Saints business operations head Dennis Lauscha took on the same role with the Hornets.
On May 30, 2012, the Hornets were awarded the first overall pick in
2012 NBA draft
On July 11, 2012, Ryan Anderson , 2012's Most Improved Player and three-point field goals leader, was acquired in a sign-and-trade by the New Orleans Hornets, with the Orlando Magic , for Gustavo Ayón .
2013–PRESENT: THE PELICANS TAKE FLIGHT
New owner Tom Benson had indicated early in his ownership that he wished to change the team's name to something more local, even preferring that the Utah Jazz – founded in New Orleans in 1974 and played there until 1979, give up the "JAZZ" name. But the Jazz indicated they had no interest in returning the name due to over 30 years of history associated with it. Benson had also heavily favored the names "Brass" and "Krewe".
However, on December 4, 2012, it was reported that the Hornets would change their name to the New Orleans Pelicans beginning with the 2013–14 season. The team name is inspired by Louisiana's state bird, the brown pelican .
The name "Pelicans" previously had been used by a minor-league baseball team that played in New Orleans from 1901 to 1957. The Hornets organization officially confirmed the name change in a press conference held on January 24, 2013, where officials unveiled the team's new logos and navy blue–gold–red color scheme. On April 18, 2013, after the end of the team's 2012–13 season, the team's name was officially changed to the Pelicans.
New Orleans franchise's 2013 disestablishment of the
"Hornets" name, on May 21, 2013,
On June 27, 2013, during the
2013 NBA draft , the Pelicans selected
Nerlens Noel 6th overall, and traded him along with a 2014 protected
first-round pick for All-Star point guard
Jrue Holiday of the
Philadelphia 76ers and the 42nd pick,
Pierre Jackson . At a May 20,
2014 press conference announcing the
To restate and clarify a confusing series of events: after the 2002 season, the original Hornets moved to New Orleans. In 2004, Charlotte was granted a new franchise, the Bobcats. After the 2013–14 season, the Bobcats changed their name to the Hornets and reclaimed the history and records of the 1988–2002 Hornets. As a result, the Hornets are now reckoned as having suspended operations from 2002 to 2004, while the Pelicans are now reckoned as having joined the league in 2002.
2015: Return To The Playoffs
For the first time under the name Pelicans, the team qualified for
the playoffs with a 45–37 record as the number 8 seed in the Western
Conference. They owned the tie-breaker over the
On May 31, 2015, the Pelicans hired
2017–present: Davis And Cousins Era
On February 20, 2017, Pelicans acquired DeMarcus Cousins in a trade with the Sacramento Kings when they traded Buddy Hield , Tyreke Evans , Langston Galloway , a 2017 1st round pick, and a 2017 2nd round pick in exchange for Cousins and Omri Casspi .
LOGOS AND UNIFORMS
New Orleans Hornets were sold to
Tom Benson on April 13, 2012.
After purchasing the team, Benson indicated that he wanted to change
the club's nickname to something more regionally appropriate. On
December 14, 2012, it was reported that the Hornets would change their
nickname to the
New Orleans Pelicans. On January 24, 2013, the team
held a press conference, where it unveiled its new nickname, logos and
colors. The name Pelicans is a reference to the brown pelican , the
state bird of
On August 1, 2013, the Pelicans released their new uniforms. The 'New
Orleans' wordmark logo across the front of the jerseys is inspired by
On September 23, 2014, the Pelicans unveiled a red alternate uniform for the 2014–15 season that would be worn four times in the year. Prior to the red alternate uniform unveiling, the NBA announced that its league logo would be moved to the back neck of game jerseys for all 30 clubs; as a result, the NBA league logo replaced the "Bird-de-Lis" logo on the back neck.
On September 17, 2015, the Pelicans unveiled a new alternate uniform, introduced as part of the NBA's "Pride" uniforms for the 2015–16 season . The short-sleeved uniforms feature Mardi Gras ' signature colors – purple, green and gold. The tops are purple with green accents on the sleeves and sport 'NOLA ' (a local acronym for New Orleans) across the chest in the Pelicans’ signature font in gold letters trimmed in green. The Pelicans 'NO' logo is featured at the bottom of the v-neck and the Crescent City basketball logo is on the left sleeve in Mardi Gras colors. Additionally, the trim around the neckline is purple, green and gold-striped. Additionally, on the back of the jersey, the players’ numbers will be gold with green trim, last name in white traditional lettering and the NBA logo will be featured at the base of the neck. The purple shorts will have green and gold stripes down the side with a small secondary logo – the "Bird-de-Lis" in gold centered on the waistband. The Pelicans’ partial logo is on both sides of the shorts in Mardi Gras colors.
Main article: New Orleans Pelicans all-time roster See also: New Orleans Pelicans draft history
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS ROSTER
* v * t * e
POS. NO. NAME HEIGHT WEIGHT DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) FROM
6.0 !C 42 Ajinça, Alexis 7000218440000000000♠7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 248 lb (112 kg) 1988-05-06 INSEP (FRA)
7000213360000000000♠7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
255 lb (116 kg)
1.5 !G — Clark, Ian 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1991-03-07 Belmont
1.5 !G — Cooke, Charles (TW) 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1994–07–01 Dayton
5.5 !F/C 0 Cousins, DeMarcus 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 270 lb (122 kg) 1990-08-13 Kentucky
1.5 !G 4 Crawford, Jordan 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1988-10-23 Xavier
5.5 !F/C 23 Davis, Anthony (C) 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 253 lb (115 kg) 1993-03-11 Kentucky
4.0 !F 13 Diallo, Cheick 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1996-09-13 Kansas
4.0 !F 44 Hill, Solomon 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1991-03-18 Arizona
1.5 !G 11 Holiday, Jrue 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1990-06-12 UCLA
1.5 !G 15 Jackson, Frank 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1998-05-04 Duke
4.0 !F — Jones, Jalen (TW) 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1993–05–27 Texas A" class="sortkey">4.0 !F — Miller, Darius 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1990-03-21 Kentucky
1.5 !G 55 Moore, E\'Twaun 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 1989-02-25 Purdue
2.5 !G/F 20 Pondexter, Quincy 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1988-03-10 Washington
1.5 !G 9 Rondo, Rajon 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 186 lb (84 kg) 1986-02-22 Kentucky
* Darren Erman * Chris Finch * Dave Hanners * Kevin Hanson * Robert Pack * Fred Vinson * Phil Weber
* (C) Team captain * (DP) Unsigned draft pick * (FA) Free agent * (S) Suspended * (GL) On assignment to G League * (TW) Two-way affiliate player * Injured
Roster • Transactions Last transaction: 2017-07-27
RETAINED DRAFT RIGHTS
The Pelicans hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA. A drafted player, either an international draftee or a college draftee who is not signed by the team that drafted him, is allowed to sign with any non-NBA teams. In this case, the team retains the player's draft rights in the NBA until one year after the player's contract with the non-NBA team ends. This list includes draft rights that were acquired from trades with other teams.
DRAFT ROUND PICK PLAYER POS. NATIONALITY CURRENT TEAM NOTE(S)
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS RETIRED NUMBERS
NO. PLAYER POSITION TENURE
7 Pete Maravich G 1974–1979 1
* 1 The New Orleans Hornets retired Maravich's number during their first game in New Orleans in honor of his basketball contributions to the state of Louisiana, both during his college career at Louisiana State University (LSU) and his professional career with the city's former NBA team, the New Orleans Jazz .
Main article: New Orleans Pelicans accomplishments and records
Main article: List of New Orleans Pelicans seasons
Main article: List of New Orleans Pelicans head coaches
NAME TENURE TOTALS REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
G W L PCT G W L PCT G W L PCT
PAUL SILAS 2002–2003 88 49 39 .557 82 47 35 .573 6 2 4 .333
TIM FLOYD 2003–2004 89 44 45 .494 82 41 41 .500 7 3 4 .429
BYRON SCOTT 2004–2009 436 211 225 .484 419 203 216 .484 17 8 9 .471
JEFF BOWER 2009–2010 73 34 39 .487 73 34 39 .487 0 0 0 –
MONTY WILLIAMS 2010–2015 404 175 229 .433 394 173 221 .439 10 2 8 .200
ALVIN GENTRY 2015–present 164 64 100 .390 82 64 100 .390 0 0 0 –
Smoothie King Center
* One other temporary facility due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina :
PIERRE THE PELICAN is the official mascot for the Pelicans. He was
introduced on October 30, 2013, the opening night of regular season
for the team at home against the
Indiana Pacers . The name for the
mascot was selected by the fans through an online poll on the team's
website. However, Pierre's unconventional design frightened some fans.
The mascot's redesigned head was released on February 11. The
Pelicans' prior mascot was Hugo the Hornet , who was part of the
organization from 2002–13. Hugo returned as the mascot for the
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