There is no doubt as to which Pelican would make for the best cheerleader on the New Orleans roster. Last month, Quincy Pondexter helped Anthony Davis organize voluntary workouts for most of the members of the team in Los Angeles. Since his arrival in the Crescent City, he has volunteered multiple times on behalf of great institutions like the Audobon Aquarium and Zoo.
Although Q-Pon is far from being one of the stars of the team, he is one of their most important voices. On a team that was devoid of playoff experience, coming over from Memphis midseason was a godsend. Thus, when he says something publicly, we can trust he is speaking on behalf of the rest of his teammates. Have a look he posted yesterday on his Instagram account.
The @nba season can't come soon enough.. Can't wait to get back out there with the fellas.@pelicansnba fans, we are working hard this off-season to make this year the best in franchise history #growwithus#tbt #pelicans
In 2007-08, the Pelicans posted a record of 56-26. That marks the only time in franchise history, a span of 13 seasons, they have eclipsed the 50-win plateau. Incidentally, that season also proved to be their best postseason showing. Led by Chris Paul, New Orleans made it to the Western Conference semi-finals, narrowly missing out advancing another level by just one game to the San Antonio Spurs.
The Pelicans have consistently swam in mediocre to downright pitiful waters; however we shouldn't be too quick to dismiss that magical season 8 years ago now. The Pelicans earned a number 2 seed in a tough Western Conference where the 8th seeded Nuggets went 50-32. Conversely, in the East, the Hawks were the last team to squeeze into the playoffs with a 37-45 record.
The Bird Writes will delve into this question more in-depth and many other preview pieces in the near future, but before we're overwhelmed and perhaps biased by expert opinions, what do you think are the chances are that Pondexter's belief rings true?