A decade after a decade of being the laughingstock of the NBA, the New Orleans Pelicans are poised to take home another title.
Injuries and an array of other factors have slowed the team’s playoff march this season, but the Pelicans are still going to make the playoffs.
Here are five reasons why.1.
They’re one of the best teams in the league, no matter how much it sucks to be themThe Pelicans are one of only three teams in NBA history to reach the playoffs with a winning record every year.
They’ve gone on to win the title five times, including the most recent, last year.
The only other teams to do that were the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs.
The team has won more games than any other team in NBA annals.
The Pelicans are just one of seven teams to have won 50 or more games, a feat they accomplished twice in the last four years.
The other teams that won 50 games or more in that span were the Atlanta Hawks (1962-65) and New York Knicks (1997-2000).2.
They have one of NBA’s best defensesThe Pelicans defense is among the best in the NBA.
They rank in the top 10 in the defensive efficiency rating, and they have one the best defensive rebounding rates in the entire league.
The rest of the league ranks in the bottom five in that category, according to Ken Berger of Basketball-Reference.3.
They are one the most popular teams in AmericaThe Pelicans’ fan base is one of New Orleans’ largest, with over 200,000 paying fans.
This makes it a great home for many fans to hang out and cheer on their team.
The arena has been a venue for many major sporting events, including Super Bowl XLVIII, Super Bowl LI and Super Bowl XXXVII.
Fans have even come together to support their team during the NFL playoffs.
The club also has a strong fan base in other countries, like Australia, New Zealand and Russia.4.
They won’t have a star to fill up the benchThey’ve had some of the most successful coaches in NBA sports history.
But they haven’t had a superstar to fill the void left by players like Kawhi Leonard and Tyreke Evans.
Leonard and Evans both retired before the season began, and Tyrell Williams, the team captain, has been sidelined with an ankle injury.
The lack of a star can be frustrating, but it’s something that’s worked for the Pelicans this season.5.
They’ll be a contender in the EastThe Pelicans were the best team in the Eastern Conference during the regular season, and that might have been due to injuries.
However, the Eastern conference is a tough conference, and the Pelicans won the league title last season.
The Eastern Conference is currently in the midst of a three-way playoff battle, with the Miami Heat and New Orleans Hornets in first and second place.
If the Pelicans can overcome their injuries and continue to perform well, they’ll be among the favorites to win a championship in the next four years, which is what happened a decade ago when the franchise made the playoffs in 2011.