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The New Orleans
New Orleans
Pelicans are an American professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Pelicans compete in the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays their home games in the Smoothie King Center
Smoothie King Center
(formerly known as the New Orleans
New Orleans
Arena). The Pelicans were established as the New Orleans
New Orleans
Hornets in the 2002–03 season when then-owner of the Charlotte Hornets, George Shinn, relocated the franchise to New Orleans. Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina
in 2005, the franchise temporarily relocated to Oklahoma City, where they spent two seasons officially known as the New Orleans/ Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City
Hornets. The team returned to New Orleans
New Orleans
full-time for the 2007–08 season. On January 24, 2013, the franchise announced it would rename itself the Pelicans,[11] effective after the conclusion of the 2012–13 season. The Charlotte Hornets name, history and records from 1988 to 2002 were returned to its original city to be used by the then–Charlotte Bobcats franchise, which subsequently became the Charlotte Hornets, starting May 20, 2014.[1] In 14 seasons of play since the original franchise relocated from North Carolina, the Louisiana
Louisiana
franchise has achieved an overall regular season record of 528–604, and has qualified for the playoffs six times. Their achievements include one playoff series victory and one division title.

Contents

1 Franchise history

1.1 Relocation to New Orleans 1.2 2002–2005: Early years in New Orleans 1.3 2005–2011: Chris Paul
Chris Paul
era 1.4 2011–2013: CP3's departure; beginning the Anthony Davis era 1.5 2013–present

1.5.1 2015: Return to the playoffs 1.5.2 2017–present

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

Franchise history[edit] Main article: History of the New Orleans
New Orleans
Pelicans Relocation to New Orleans[edit]

Smoothie King Center, home arena of the New Orleans
New Orleans
Pelicans

While the Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
put a competitive team on the court throughout the 1990s, the team's attendance began falling dramatically. Many attributed this lapse in popularity to the team's owner, George Shinn, who was slowly becoming despised by the people of the city.[12] In 1997, a Charlotte woman claimed that Shinn had raped her, and the resulting trial severely tarnished his reputation in the city. The consensus was that while Charlotte was as basketball-crazy as ever, fans took out their anger at Shinn on the team. Shinn had also become discontented with the Charlotte Coliseum, which, although considered state-of-the-art when it opened in 1988, had by then been considered obsolete due to a limited number of luxury boxes. On March 26, 2001, both the Hornets and the Vancouver Grizzlies
Vancouver Grizzlies
applied for relocation to Memphis, Tennessee,[13] which was ultimately won by the Grizzlies. Shinn issued an ultimatum: unless the city built a new arena at no cost to him, the Hornets would leave town. The city initially refused, leading Shinn to consider moving the team to either Norfolk, Louisville, or St. Louis. Of the cities in the running, only St. Louis
St. Louis
had an NBA-ready arena (Savvis Center, now known as Scottrade Center) already in place and was a larger media market than Charlotte at the time; also, it was the only one of the four to have previously hosted an NBA franchise — the St. Louis
St. Louis
Hawks, who moved to Atlanta
Atlanta
in 1968. Finally, a new arena in Uptown, which would eventually become the Charlotte Bobcats
Charlotte Bobcats
Arena (now known as Spectrum Center), was included in a non-binding referendum for a larger arts-related package, and Shinn withdrew his application to move the team. Polls showed the referendum on its way to passage. However, just days before the referendum, Mayor Pat McCrory
Pat McCrory
vetoed a living wage ordinance. The veto prompted many of the city's black ministers to oppose the referendum; they felt it was immoral for the city to build a new arena when city employees were not paid enough to make a living.[14] After the referendum failed, city leaders devised a plan to build a new arena in a way that did not require voter support, but made it known that they would not even consider building it unless Shinn sold the team. While even the NBA acknowledged that Shinn had alienated fans, league officials felt such a demand would anger other owners.[15] The city council refused to remove the statement, leading the Hornets to request a move to New Orleans
New Orleans
– a move which would eventually return the NBA to that city since the Jazz moved to Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
in 1979. Before the Hornets were eliminated from the playoffs, the NBA approved the move. As part of a deal, the NBA promised that Charlotte would get a new team, which took the court two years later as the Charlotte Bobcats. 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."[16] 2002–2005: Early years in New Orleans[edit] The Hornets opened their inaugural season in New Orleans
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
New Orleans
in over 17 years,[17] the Hornets defeated the Jazz 100–75, and posthumously retired #7 of "Pistol" Pete Maravich
Pete Maravich
during halftime. The Hornets finished the season with a 47–35 record but were defeated by the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
in the first round of the playoffs. Following the season, the team unexpectedly fired head coach Paul Silas
Paul Silas
and replaced him with Tim Floyd. 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 Miami Heat
Miami Heat
in the first round of the 2004 playoffs. After the season, Floyd was fired and the team hired Byron Scott as its new head coach. During the first two seasons in New Orleans
New Orleans
the Hornets competed in the NBA's Eastern Conference. The 2004–05 season saw the team move to the Western Conference's Southwest Division to even the number of teams in each conference after the Charlotte Bobcats
Charlotte Bobcats
started play in their inaugural season of that same year. 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
Chris Paul
era[edit] In the subsequent draft, the Hornets used their first round pick to select point guard Chris Paul
Chris Paul
out of Wake Forest University.

Chris Paul, selected by the Hornets as the 4th pick of the 2005 NBA draft

Because of the catastrophic devastation brought by Hurricane Katrina upon the communities of southeastern Louisiana, the Hornets franchise temporarily relocated its base of operations to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 2005–06 and 2006–07, posting records of 38–44 and 39–43 respectively.[18] During this time, the franchise was known as the New Orleans/ Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City
Hornets. In these two seasons, most home games were played at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, while a few remained at New Orleans
New Orleans
Arena. One year after the Hornets moved back to New Orleans
New Orleans
permanently, the Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
relocated to Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City
and became the Thunder. The Hornets franchise returned to New Orleans
New Orleans
full-time for the 2007–08 season, with all 41 home games in the New Orleans
New Orleans
Arena. The 2008 NBA All-Star Game and its accompanying festivities were awarded to New Orleans
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
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
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 the Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
in the first round of the 2009 NBA Playoffs, the Hornets were eliminated in five games. The Hornets started the 2009–10 season in a disappointing fashion, and head coach Byron Scott was fired after a 3–6 start to the season. General manager Jeff Bower took over the head coaching duties for the remainder of the season. The Hornets finished the season with a 37–45 record, finishing last in the Southwest division they had won only two seasons before. Jeff Bower later resigned as head coach, and Monty Williams was brought in as new head coach. The team finished the 2010–11 season with a 46–36 record and qualified for the 2011 NBA Playoffs, where they lost to the Lakers 4–2. In December 2010 the NBA purchased the Hornets from George Shinn for an estimated $300 million.[19][20] 2011–2013: CP3's departure; beginning the Anthony Davis era[edit] 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
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
Los Angeles Lakers
and the Houston Rockets was agreed upon, but commissioner David Stern
David Stern
vetoed the trade.[21] On December 14, 2011, the Hornets agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
that would send Paul to L.A. in exchange for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, and a first-round draft pick acquired by the Clippers from a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2004. 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.[22][23] 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.[24][25] 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.[26] The Hornets traded Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor
and Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
to the Wizards for Rashard Lewis, whom they bought out, and a draft pick. On May 30, 2012, the Hornets were awarded the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft
2012 NBA draft
and subsequently drafted Anthony Davis. They also drafted Austin Rivers
Austin Rivers
with the 10th pick (acquired from the Clippers as part of the Chris Paul
Chris Paul
trade). 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
New Orleans
Hornets, with the Orlando Magic, for Gustavo Ayón. 2013–present[edit] New owner Tom Benson
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
Utah Jazz
– founded in New Orleans
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
New Orleans
Pelicans beginning with the 2013–14 season.[27] The team name is inspired by Louisiana's state bird, the brown pelican.[28] The name "Pelicans" previously had been used by a minor-league baseball team that played in New Orleans
New Orleans
from 1901 to 1957.[29] 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.[11][30] On April 18, 2013, after the end of the team's 2012–13 season, the team's name was officially changed to the Pelicans.[31] Following the New Orleans
New Orleans
franchise's 2013 disestablishment of the "Hornets" name, on May 21, 2013, Charlotte Bobcats
Charlotte Bobcats
owner Michael Jordan officially announced the organization had submitted an application to change the name of his franchise to the Charlotte Hornets for the 2014–15 NBA season pending a majority vote for approval by the NBA Board of Governors at a meeting in Las Vegas, on July 18, 2013.[32] Then-NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO Adam Silver had previously pointed out that the league owns the rights to the name Hornets and that could speed up the process.[33] The NBA unanimously approved the name change starting with 2014–15.[34] 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
Jrue Holiday
of the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
and the 42nd pick, Pierre Jackson.[35] At a May 20, 2014, press conference announcing the Charlotte Bobcats' official team name change to Hornets, it was also announced that the Pelicans agreed to transfer the records and statistics of the original Hornets (1988–2002) to the current Charlotte franchise, thus unifying all of Charlotte's NBA basketball history under one franchise; the team records and statistics since the 2002 move to New Orleans
New Orleans
would be retained by the Pelicans, retroactively turning the Pelicans into a 2002 expansion team.[1] To restate and clarify the 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[edit]

Gentry has been coaching the Pelicans' since 2015

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 Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City
Thunder by winning the regular season head-to-head series, 3–1, and they faced the Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
in the first round; the Warriors swept the Pelicans in four games. After the season, the Pelicans fired coach Monty Williams
Monty Williams
despite qualifying for the playoffs. On May 31, 2015, the Pelicans hired Alvin Gentry
Alvin Gentry
as the franchise's sixth head coach.[36] 2017–present[edit] On February 20, 2017, the Pelicans acquired DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins
in a trade with the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
when they traded Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick, and a 2017 second-round pick in exchange for Cousins and Omri Casspi. On March 15, 2018, team's owner Tom Benson
Tom Benson
died from complications of the flu. Ownership of the Pelicans and the Saints were transferred to Benson's widow, Gayle Benson.[37] Logos and uniforms[edit] The New Orleans
New Orleans
Hornets were sold to Tom Benson
Tom Benson
on April 13, 2012.[22] 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
New Orleans
Pelicans.[27] 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 Louisiana.[11][28] The team said in a press release that its colors would be navy, gold and red; each color is represented in the city flag of New Orleans.[30] The team formally adopted its new brand identity at the end of the 2012–13 NBA season.[31] On August 1, 2013, the Pelicans released their new uniforms. The 'New Orleans' wordmark logo across the front of the jerseys is inspired by French Quarter
French Quarter
street signs; the Pelicans are one of three NBA teams to wear the city name across the front of both home and road jerseys. The partial logo is featured on the sides of the shorts, and the "Bird-de-Lis" logo (a combination mark of the pelican, fleur-de-lis and crescent basketball shape) is featured on the back neck.[38][39][40][41] NBA teams were not allowed to have alternate uniforms during their first season of operation. 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.[42] 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.[43][44] 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, Louisiana) 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
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
Mardi Gras
colors.[45] Players[edit] Main article: New Orleans
New Orleans
Pelicans all-time roster See also: New Orleans
New Orleans
Pelicans draft history Current roster[edit]

New Orleans
New Orleans
Pelicans roster

v t e

Players Coaches

Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From

6.0 !C 7001420000000000000♠42 Ajinça, Alexis 7000218440000000000♠7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 248 lb (112 kg) 1988–05–06 INSEP
INSEP
(FRA)

1.5 !G 7000200000000000000♠2 Clark, Ian 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1991–03–07 Belmont

1.5 !G 7000400000000000000♠4 Cooke, Charles (TW) 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1994–07–01 Dayton

4.0 !F 5000000000000000000♠0 Cousins, DeMarcus  7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 270 lb (122 kg) 1990–08–13 Kentucky

5.5 !F/C 7001230000000000000♠23 Davis, Anthony (C) 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 253 lb (115 kg) 1993–03–11 Kentucky

4.0 !F 7001130000000000000♠13 Diallo, Cheick 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1996–09–13 Kansas

1.5 !G 7000100000000000000♠1 Drew, Larry 7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1990–03–05 UCLA

4.0 !F 7001440000000000000♠44 Hill, Solomon  7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1991–03–18 Arizona

1.5 !G 7001110000000000000♠11 Holiday, Jrue 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1990–06–12 UCLA

1.5 !G 7001150000000000000♠15 Jackson, Frank 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1998–05–04 Duke

1.5 !G 7001340000000000000♠34 Liggins, DeAndre 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 209 lb (95 kg) 1988–03–31 Kentucky

4.0 !F 7001210000000000000♠21 Miller, Darius 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1990–03–21 Kentucky

4.0 !F 7000300000000000000♠3 Mirotić, Nikola 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 238 lb (108 kg) 1991–02–11 Spain

1.5 !G 7001550000000000000♠55 Moore, E'Twaun 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 1989–02–25 Purdue

6.0 !C 7001500000000000000♠50 Okafor, Emeka 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1982–09–28 Connecticut

1.5 !G 7000900000000000000♠9 Rondo, Rajon 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 186 lb (84 kg) 1986–02–22 Kentucky

Head coach

Alvin Gentry

Assistant coach(es)

Darren Erman Chris Finch Dave Hanners Kevin Hanson Robert Pack Fred Vinson Phil Weber

Legend

(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: 2018–03–26

Retained draft rights[edit] 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.[46] This list includes draft rights that were acquired from trades with other teams.

Draft Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Current team Note(s) Ref

2010 2 48 Williams, LataviousLatavious Williams F  United States Valencia Basket
Valencia Basket
(Spain) Acquired from the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
(via Oklahoma City) [47]

Retired numbers[edit]

New Orleans
New Orleans
Pelicans retired numbers

No. Player Position Tenure

7 Pete Maravich G 1974–1979 1

Notes:

1 The then- New Orleans
New Orleans
Hornets retired Maravich's number during their first game in New Orleans
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
New Orleans
Jazz.

Franchise records[edit] Main article: New Orleans
New Orleans
Pelicans accomplishments and records Seasons[edit] Main article: List of New Orleans
New Orleans
Pelicans seasons Head coaches[edit] Main article: List of New Orleans
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 .390 164 64 100 .390 0 0 0 –

Home arenas[edit]

Smoothie King Center
Smoothie King Center
(2002–present), formerly known as New Orleans Arena (2002–2014) One other temporary facility due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina:

Chesapeake Energy Arena
Chesapeake Energy Arena
(Oklahoma City, formerly known as Ford Center) (2005–2007)

Mascot[edit] 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.[48][49] 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.[50] The Pelicans' prior mascot was Hugo the Hornet, who was part of the organization from 2002–13. Hugo returned as the mascot for the Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
starting with the 2014–15 season.[51] References[edit]

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