Sports Illustrated has released its 2014-15 NBA Crystal Ball predictions, and two of its writers have contrasting opinions about what the the New Orleans Pelicans will do this season.
On one hand, Ben Golliver of SI.com thinks the New Orleans Pelicans can be a surprise team this season.
“Golliver: Pelicans. This isn’t exactly a risky pick. New Orleans offers promise for three obvious reasons: the Pelicans ridiculous run of bad injury last season is unlikely to repeat itself, Anthony Davis is poised to make a third-year leap into undisputed All-NBA status, and the arrival of Omer Asik should substantially boost the defensive efficiency. It should be noted that coach Monty Williams will need a full season (or close to it) of quality production from point guard Jrue Holiday to fully deliver on this team’s potential.”
But on the other hand, Matt Dollinger thinks Pelicans coach Monty Williams could be on the hot seat if the team struggles and doesn’t make the playoffs.
“Dollinger: Monty Williams, Pelicans. Firing your coach is a lot easier than finding a taker for Tyreke Evans of Eric Gordon. Williams is entering his fifth season with the Pelicans and has his best roster since Chris Paul was running the point. With a host of big-name players on big-money deals, New Orleans doesn’t have much flexibility to shake things up should things go south. If the Pelicans decide change is in order, it could be Williams who takes the fall. Williams is regarded as a promising head coach and has gained valuable experience as an assistant on Team USA, but his potential might not be enough to keep him around if New Orleans fails to live up to its preseason hype.”
But Golliver and Dollinger aren’t alone on their contrasting opinions about the Pelicans.
The Advocate even did its own video on “Three reasons why the New Orleans Pelicans will and three reasons why they will not make the playoffs”