Picks toward the end of a draft are a lot like loose change: not especially valuable but still nice to have. If you blow the pick, the price won't be too costly. If you nail it, you can get anywhere from a productive bench player to an All-Star, or maybe even a future Hall of Famer like the Spurs did with Manu Ginboli. So while it's easy to look at pick No. 56 overall and assume there's not much value to be had, don't be so certain the Pelicans can't fill a need with it.
Of course there are other ways No. 56 could be used to the Pelicans advantage. The pick could also be used as part of a deal to move up in the draft in order to choose a player that would fill their small forward need. Someone like LSU's Jarell Martin.
New Kid on the Court
There's a difference in a prospect who's "raw" and one who is still new to the game of basketball. Martin belongs to the latter category. His junior year of high school was his first season of organized basketball and in it he averaged a measly 26 and 14. During his senior year, he led Madison Prep to a state championship, was a McDonald's All-American selection and considered the No. 14 overall prospect coming out of high school. I guess you could say that Martin had "upside."