The Nawlins Tree-o
Get it? Cause New Orleans, and Demarcus Cousins, and Anthony Davis, and redwoods, and yeah you get it.
OK, so there may not be actual redwoods in New Orleans, but the Smoothie King Center has two of them.
Anyway, the foundation has been set. Demarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday. Whether or not Holiday will stay in the offseason is entirely dependent upon him, but the Pelicans would be ridiculous not to sign Jrue as their point guard of the future. Assuming New Orleans resigns Jrue, we find that the real question is, who will be their supporting cast?
Right off the bat, you know to stack the lineup with athletic, defensive-minded forwards, that are going to attack rebounds and bring energy to both sides of the ball. Two players jump out that you might not have heard about, I’ll start with someone that should seem a tad familiar… Justin Holiday, Jrue’s older brother.
Not only have Justin and Jrue said they have wanted to play together, but Justin is also playing with the Knicks, increasing his role as the season has progressed. This is great for New Orleans because the Knicks may be looking to trade a few players for some complimentary players that fit the style of Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. Justin Holiday is stashed behind Carmelo, making him expendable for the time being in New York, while making his potential for the Pelicans more enticing. He has great length, a decent jump shot, and the ability to work the ball around to find better shooters, something Cousins, Davis, and Jrue would all benefit from.
Now here is someone you really may not have heard of, Thomas Robinson. Power forward for the Lakers, and I emphasize power. His footwork is solid, but his lack of NBA experience hurts him at times on defense. He will not get blown passed by guards, but is susceptible to give up points to crafty scorers like Marc Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Al Horford. Luckily, the only thing that can change that is game-time experience and practice. And who better to go against than two of the best offensive big men in the league.
Robinson has that all-or-nothing style of play that is infectious among less defensive teams. He is like how everyone plays MyPlayer on 2k. Score and rebound. Repeat. The only difference is Robinson actually plays defense…