2017 ScheduleAll times ET

2017 Schedule
30-52, 5th in Southwest

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans rookie Buddy Hield, a noted workaholic, said he's trying to keep the long view in mind as he prepares for his first NBA season. "I've got that Kobe Bryant mentality, man. I'm always working, man," he said Friday, a day before his first preseason game. "You never settle for less, ‘cause you never know if this is gonna be the last game you can play. So I always prepare myself to be the best I can be and make sure I'm ready. I'm always putting in work. I understand when they say ‘Take care of your body' and everything, ‘Get your rest.' But I'm doing that, getting massages, stretching, cold tub and all that stuff. It's the best my body's felt in a little while. But I'm always playing like tomorrow's my last game. I'm always in the gym when I can be in the gym."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Anthony Davis' minutes will be "very limited" in Saturday's preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks in Shreveport, Louisiana. The plan, per Gentry, is to gradually increase Davis' minutes throughout the preseason. Davis underwent an ultrasonic debridement of his left knee in March,

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

On "The Vertical Podcast with Woj," free agent Kendrick Perkins, who played last season with the New Orleans Pelicans, said he still texts and gives advice to Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, and knows that "Coach [Alvin] Gentry love me." But: "How everybody else felt about me around there, that's kind of up for grabs. It [didn't] work out the best way," he said.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

With Langston Galloway and E'Twaun Moore now in the fold, the Pelicans figure to be far deeper than they were last season, when injuries led to 351 games missed to injury or illness, the second-most in the NBA in the past decade. But questions still linger in the starting unit. New Orleans started Tim Frazier, Buddy Hield, Solomon Hill, Anthony Davis and Alexis Ajinca on the Blue Team of tonight's open scrimmage, which "won" 90-88 on a late Frazier jumper. Such a lineup could ultimately end up starting - especially if Frazier and Ajinca play as well as they did - but coach Alvin Gentry said they're still shuffling things around.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans open up their scrimmage with Tim Frazier, Buddy Hield, Solomon Hill, Anthony Davis and Alexis Ajinca on the Blue team, which could be a preview of their starting lineup until Jorie Holiday returns. Eventually, the Blue team went with Davis playing next to former Kentucky teammate Terrence Jones in the frontcourt, with Jones guarding Omer Asik and Davis the 4-man.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Buddy Hield and the Pelicans warming up ahead of tonight's open practice at the Big Blender.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Newly signed power forward Ryan Anderson said during Rockets media day he saw more open looks during pickup games than during his four seasons with the Pelicans. The comment prompted some fans of the Pelicans to express some disappointment with Anderson on social media. "Just making a point I've been getting a lot of open looks," Anderson said when told about the Pels' fans displeasure. "In New Orleans a lot of teams would, especially when I was in that sixth man role, in a lot of different lineups, I would be the focal point and a lot of teams would try to shut me out. (Defenses) switching and they wouldn't let me get open looks. I think this offense is so imperative for the guards to get to the basket. All the attention will be on James (Harden) and that will take a lot off me. I was exaggerating a little bit."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis was asked about criticisms that he didn't give enough effort at times on the defensive end. His response: "I looked at it a little bit. I think I could have played harder. But like I said, that's last year. I don't even want to talk about last year. All of that's irrelevant right now. I'm focused on this year. … When you have guys out there pushing, who want to win with you, it changes your whole mindset for the game, especially during games. Like I said, we have guys who play hard. Coach hasn't had to stop anyone about playing hard, or come to anyone and talk to them about playing hard. It's all ‘Let's figure out the offensive end, let's figure out the defensive scheme.' That was last year. People say I could have did this, that and the other thing. Do I agree? Sometimes. Maybe. I'm just focused on what I can do this year to make us better."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis says playing hard and effort were what led to the Pelicans finishing 28th in defense last season. "Everybody is talking, everybody is playing hard," said about the difference about this year's defense. "Coach hasn't had to stop practice yet for effort or working hard or playing hard. That was the big issue for us last year. I think we've had five practices, or six. He probably stopped us two minutes and was like, ‘All right, let's pick it up a little bit.' And that was it. And that all leads to defense. You're just playing hard. You're going to make mistakes. Just by playing hard you're able to cut down some of those mistakes."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Gentry says he's not set on starting a traditional center next to Anthony Davis each game this season. Could see AD start at the 5, depending on matchups, per Gentry.

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Is Anthony Davis really an inch taller this season? (1:19)

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans brass meets after Tuesday's practice.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

To help adjust to his offense's fast pace, specifically making decisions at that pace, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said they practice with a 5-second half-court clock and an 18-second clock. They also do 5-on-0 drills and work on understanding angles.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis didn't scrimmage at today's Pelicans practice. "Everything we do with him is predicated on him being ready to go 1,000% on the first opening night [of the regular season]," coach Alvin Gentry said.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

There's more of Anthony Davis to watch this season. The Pelicans star, who was listed last season at 6-foot-10, said on the team's in-house podcast that he's now technically 6-foot-11. "They measured us like a week and a half ago and they said I was 6-11, which I don't want to be. I think 6-10's like the perfect height for me." Davis also said he's up five pounds to 250, but that he wants to see how he plays during a real game at that weight.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

E'Twaun Moore said Alvin Gentry showed him Raja Bell's numbers and how well Bell played within his system. "Both of those guys have a toughness about them," Gentry said. "Obviously Raja was a very tough guy. I think smart players. I think E'Twaun is a very smart player. I think both are capable of making shots, finding the open spaces on the floor and making shots. He just reminded me of Raja -- kind of a quiet guy but have a sense of toughness about him. It's very beneficial to our team to have that kind of guy on our team."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans PG Tim Frazier said he worked on his shooting alongside close friend and former teammate Damian Lillard this summer. Frazier, who re-signed with New Orleans for two years, $4 million, has shot 32.3 percent from 3 in 62 career NBA games. The 25-year-old figures to see an increase in opportunity in training camp and early in the regular season with Jrue Holiday out for an indefinite number of games. Frazier said at Friday's media day that he told Holiday he'd "hold down the fort" until the veteran guard gets back.

Team Stats

Points Per Game102.713th
Rebounds Per Game42.622nd
Assists Per Game22.217th
Points Allowed106.526th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2015-163052.366
2014-154537.549
2013-143448.415
2012-132755.329
2011-122145.318

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