Dear NBA-caliber starting small forwards,
Many of you are probably happy where you are (Kevin “Cupcake” Durant, Gordon Hayward — get well soon, LeBron James?), but for those of you who maybe aren't as content with your current team, whether it be from the players around you or the lack of love from your organization, I would like to talk to you about a wonderful opportunity to play with the best frontcourt in the NBA.
Now, I know when people hear New Orleans Pelicans they imagine a middling team, a small fan base, and a losing culture. However, this team, in my humble opinion, is one small forward away from emerging as a legitimate title contender.
Allow me to explain.
The Pelicans are one of the few teams that boast two top-15 players in the league — Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins...if you haven’t heard. They also have a deep backcourt featuring: Rajon Rondo, Jrue Holiday, E'Twaun Moore, Jameer Nelson, Tony Allen and Ian Clark.
Simply put, New Orleans is dying for a small forward to come and fill the void at the 3 and take this team from good to great. No offense to Dante Cunningham and Darius Miller, but they’re not starter material if the Pelicans seek to make a deep playoff run this season. I mean, have you looked at their stat lines in comparison to Davis and Cousins!?!
That is why I am here writing this letter to you, starting small forward. The Pelicans are primed to make that final jump. The fan base, that has been rather supportive of the team despite claims of being an only football town, is desperate to reverse the curse and become a perennial title contender.
I understand it is on the Pelicans to hold up their end of the deal. Stay healthy, make a playoff run and show the league that this team is no longer on the cusp of success, but that we are here and we demand your respect. Also, there is no more room for excuses from the front office. No more detrimental mistakes like Omer Asik or Alexis Ajinca.
Undoubtedly, it would help if Dell Demps could convince DeMarcus Cousins to re-sign in New Orleans. Having another perennial All-Star talent show he is happy by staying would significantly bolster the Pelicans ability to recruit players. However, can this team afford to wait for a day that may never come? Moreover, is Solomon Hill really the future, one that’s worth waiting for until likely next season?
Despite the 0-2 start, the Pelicans’ championship window has cracked open thanks to the impressive starts of the faces of #DoItBig — but it may not be long at all before it slams shut.
Mr. Dell Demps, it is up to you and your front office to find, recruit and trade for the small forward that will take this team from good to great. Give Cousins and Davis no reason to start pondering possible departures. I’m sure you have the city’s blessing to sacrifice future assets for the right target...because the Pelicans are officially exciting and on the clock.
So, Mr. fill-in-the-blank small forward and/or your agent, please pay close attention to our general manager’s spiel. It could be a match made in heaven.
Sincerely, Jason Albert