New Orleans Pelicans Player News: All Positions

News: Williams had zero points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt), six rebounds, two steals, and one block in 23 minutes during Friday's 117-116 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Williams established himself as versatile contributor on both ends of the court last season. He put up a goose egg in the scoring department in this one and has been inconsistent as a shotmaker, but he can do a bit of everything and could be in line to see decent minutes with Zion Williamson (knee) out for at least a couple weeks.
News: Hart had 17 points (6-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-6 FT), seven rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 25 minutes during Friday's 117-116 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Hart hasn't been earning a ton of minutes here in the preseason. However, the early season absence of Zion Williamson (knee) could result in Hart earning an uptick in minutes, as he has shown an ability to defend bigger players and sink outside shots.
News: Okafor amassed 13 points (4-8 FG, 5-10 FT), nine rebounds, and two assists in 26 minutes during Friday's 117-116 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Okafor started at center while Derrick Favors and Jaxson Hayes received the night off for rest. Favors is the unquestioned starting center, and Hayes and Nicolo Melli will see some time there as well. Still, Okafor could be among those that see a small boost in value during the early season absence of Zion Williamson (knee).
News: Redick recorded 14 points (5-7 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and two rebounds in 20 minutes during Friday's 117-116 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Redick drew the start and finished with twice as many points as field goal attempts, providing an efficient scoring performance in the preseason finale. With Zion Williamson (knee) out for at least a couple weeks, Redick will likely be among those to see a few extra minutes during Williamson's absence.
News: Okafor is starting Friday's preseason game against the Knicks, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Derrick Favors was initially in the starting lineup at center, but the team elected to make a last-minute change, giving Okafor the opportunity to run with the first team.
News: Redick will be in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Knicks, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: With Zion Williamson officially out for not only the preseason, but for at least the first few weeks of the regular season, it looks like Redick is going to slide into the starting lineup and start on the wing. This will move Brandon Ingram to the power forward spot in what will be a smaller lineup for the Pelicans.
News: Williamson (knee) is expected to miss a "period of weeks" to begin the regular season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The good news is that Williamson is not dealing with a serious injury, but the Pelicans are treating the situation with "an abundance of caution," and the expectation is that the No. 1 overall pick could miss several weeks. Williamson was held out of the team's most recent preseason game, and he went through additional tests on the knee Thursday in New York. Prior to suffering the injury -- the nature of which is still yet to be clarified -- Williamson was off to an incredibly encouraging start during the preseason. In his most recent game Sunday against San Antonio, Williamson went for 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting to go with 10 rebounds and two steals.
News: Redick (rest) is off the injury report for Friday's game against the Knicks.
Impact: Redick was benched Sunday for rest, but he'll get a chance for one final tune-up before the regular season kicks off Tuesday in Toronto.
News: Williamson will not play in Friday's preseason finale against the Knicks due to right knee soreness.
Impact: Williamson didn't travel with the Pelicans to New York, instead opting to stay back in New Orleans to undergo further testing on his sore knee. With the start of the regular season less than a week away, this will certainly be a situation to monitor. Through four exhibition games, the No. 1 overall pick has posted averages of 23.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals across 27.3 minutes.
News: Melli recorded 14 points (5-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 18 minutes off the bench Sunday in the Pelicans' 123-114 preseason win over the Spurs.
Impact: The 28-year-old rookie lived up to his billing as a proficient threat from distance in the penultimate game of the exhibition slate, with his scoring total ranking third on the team and tops among all bench players. Melli projects to open the season as the primary backup at power forward to Zion Williamson, and he could see some time as a small-ball center, too.
News: Holiday scored 16 points (7-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and added four assists, three rebounds and three steals in 22 minutes Sunday in the Pelicans' 123-114 preseason victory over the Spurs.
Impact: As anticipated, the quadriceps injury that prevented Holiday from playing Friday against Utah was only a short-term concern and didn't seem to impact him at all in Sunday's tune-up game. The offseason departures of Anthony Davis and Julius Randle could help Holiday improve upon his 25.4 usage percentage from 2018-19, though he may sacrifice some assists while playing off the ball more often to accommodate new arrival Lonzo Ball.
News: Williamson posted 22 points (8-11 FG, 6-8 FT, 0-1 3Pt), 10 rebounds, two steals and one assist in 31 minutes Sunday in the Pelicans' 123-114 preseason win over the Spurs.
Impact: Williamson's blend of strength and touch down low made him an unstoppable force during his lone season of college, and he's thus far faced little resistance in the paint from professional competition. Through three exhibition games, Williamson has averaged 23.3 points in 27.3 minutes while converting 71.4 percent of his shot attempts.
News: Redick will be rested for Sunday's game against the Spurs, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports.
Impact: The Pels hinted earlier in the week that this would be the case, but it doesn't look to be anything more than a routine day off for the veteran.
News: Redick (rest) could miss Sunday's tilt with the Spurs, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: The veteran may be held out of Sunday's game against the Spurs presumably in order to rest. Look for E'Twaun Moore and Nickeil Alexander-Walker to get extra reps in his place.
News: Holiday (quadriceps) will play during Sunday's preseason game against the Spurs, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Holiday was held out of Friday's preseason action against the Jazz as a precaution, but he'll be back Sunday. In two preseason appearances, Holiday is averaging 28.2 fantasy points across 19.8 minutes.
News: Ball put up 15 points (4-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot across 24 minutes in Friday's 128-127 win over the Jazz.
Impact: With his ankle injury behind him, one can definitely say that Ball's play has shown an overall improvement over his first two seasons as a pro. He seems to be comfortable with assuming the role of floor-general, and his shooting skills look much more refined. He'll need to keep performing well to cement a position in the starting rotation, however. With rookie Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Frank Jackson looking great off the bench, Ball will have to get by on more than just his excellent pedigree to secure a starting spot.
News: Alexander-Walker compiled 22 points (7-9 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four assists and two rebounds across 16 minutes in Friday's 128=127 win over the Jazz.
Impact: The first-round pick out of Virginia Tech is undoubtedly going to add an interesting wrinkle into the future of the Pelicans' backcourt, especially if he continues his excellent play off the bench. While Jrue Holiday (quad) is the presumptive starter at the two, Alexander-Walker's presence is going to affect Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart's playing time. Ball especially looked to have the best chance of sealing up the starting job at the point, but Alexander-Walker is adding a bit of intrigue to the story.
News: Ingram totaled 18 points (7-15 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six rebounds, three assists and a steal across 22 minutes in Friday's 128-127 win over the Jazz.
Impact: As the rotation begins to crystallize for the Pelicans, it appears that at least for now, Ingram will have a pivotal role in New Orleans. Last season's mainstay at the wing was E'Twaun Moore, who was a DNP in Friday's contest. Although Jrue Holiday's (quad) return will likely have an effect on his former Laker counterparts like Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, Ingram should end up in the first unit, with J.J. Redick subbing in with the second rotation of players.
News: Williamson produced 26 points (4-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), five rebounds and an assist across 23 minutes in Friday's 128-127 win over the Jazz
Impact: Williamson continued his preseason tear on Friday, helping the Pelicans erase a 10-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter on the way to a superb stat line. His excellent exhibition play has him shooting up the charts as season-long drafts continue, as it appears the rookie is living up to all the hype.
News: Holiday (quadriceps) is being held out of Friday's game against Utah as a precaution, Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans' official site reports.
Impact: Holiday was ruled out for Friday's matchup earlier in the day due to a quad injury, though head coach Alvin Gentry later stated that "it's not any big deal at all," per Eichenhofer. He could take the court in his squad's next matchup Sunday in San Antonio, but it wouldn't be surprising to see New Orleans exercise caution.
News: Hart will start at shooting guard during Friday's preseason contest against the Jazz.
Impact: Jrue Holiday is dealing with a quad injury, so Hart is getting the start in his stead. In two preseason games, Hart is averaging 15.4 fantasy points across 17.9 minutes.
News: Okafor (knee) will be available for Friday's preseason game against the Jazz, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: Okafor was added to the injury report Thursday due to a bruised right knee, but it looks like it wasn't anything too serious. Okafor played 18 minutes in his last time out against Chicago, and he'll have his workload limited again Friday, per Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune.
News: Holiday has been ruled out for Friday's preseason game against the Jazz due to a left quad contusion, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: It's unclear exactly when Holiday suffered this injury or how severe it is, but chances are the Pelicans are just going to exercise as much caution as possible with their star guard. In his absence, E'TTwaun Moore, J.J. Redick and Nickeil Alexander-Walker should all see extended minutes in the exhibition.
News: Okafor is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Jazz with a right knee contusion.
Impact: Okafor's status should clear up closer to tip-off. The big man played 18 minutes off the bench against the Bulls on Wednesday, finishing with 13 points (5-5 FG) and three rebounds.
News: Hart (knee) turned in 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-5 3Pt), four rebounds and three assists across 19 minutes during the Pelicans' 127-125 preseason win over the Bulls on Wednesday.
Impact: Hart was able to shake off the knee soreness that had plagued him following the preseason opener and put together a solid showing off the bench. The third-year guard is expected to play a key role in the backcourt rotation after coming over as one of the lesser-ballyhooed pieces of the blockbuster trade with the Lakers. The 24-year-old Hart will particularly look to prop his efficiency back up after seeing his shooting percentage drop to 40.7 percent last season.
News: Alexander-Walker registered 13 points (4-12 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven assists, two rebounds and one steal across 19 minutes during the Pelicans' 127-125 preseason win over the Bulls on Wednesday.
Impact: The rookie turned in his second double-digit scoring effort in as many games to open preseason, following up what had been an impressive summer league showing. Alexander-Walker is expected to see a solid allotment of playing time behind Lonzo Ball at point guard this season, and given the latter's injury history, he could potentially be in for even more minutes than expected as the season unfolds.
News: Favors provided nine points (3-4 FG, 3-3 FT), nine rebounds, two blocks and one steal across 22 minutes during the Pelicans' 127-125 preseason win over the Bulls on Wednesday.
Impact: Favors followed up a lackluster preseason debut Monday against the Hawks by posting a much more productive showing, one where he appeared to be fully recovered from the strained hamstring that had previously plagued him. The veteran big man's line Wednesday is representative of the type of numbers he's expected to provide in the upcoming regular season as an undersized center, with Favors' rebounding prowess expected to be a valuable complement to the efforts of rookie Zion Williamson alongside him down low.
News: Williamson compiled 29 points (12-13 FG, 5-8 FT), four rebounds, four assists and one steal across 27 minutes during the Pelicans' 127-125 preseason win over the Bulls on Wednesday.
Impact: As his final line indicates, Williamson was thoroughly dominant in the narrow victory, comfortably pacing the Pelicans in scoring. The rookie has hit the ground running in his first taste of NBA game action, averaging 22.5 points across his first pair of exhibitions while displaying the elite athleticism that made him a shoo-in for the first overall pick this past June. Williamson will continue to hone his craft ahead of what is expected to be a highly successful rookie season.
News: Hart (knee) is listed as available to play in Wednesday's tilt against Chicago.
Impact: Hart was banged up in Monday's preseason opener and entered Wednesday's tilt against the Bulls with soreness in his right knee. Clearly, the issue isn't too major, though Hart could still see a decrease to the 16 minutes he saw in the opener if coach Alvin Gentry decides to be cautious.
News: Hart is listed as questionable for Wednesday's exhibition game against the Bulls due to right knee soreness, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hart's knee is presumably reacting to Monday's preseason opener. The Pelicans are unlikely to have him suit up unless he is completely healthy given the nature of the game. The 24-year-old is looking to earn a role providing depth at guard in the Pelicans' rotation.
News: Ball posted nine points (3-10 FG, 3-8 3Pt), seven assists, five rebounds and one block across 25 minutes during the Pelicans' 133-109 preseason win over the Hawks on Monday.
Impact: Ball logged his first game action since Jan. 19 and generated what could be considered a trademark stat line for him. The 2017 second overall pick combined solid work as a facilitator and on the boards with an inefficient shooting performance, which accurately describes many of his performances over his first pair of pro seasons. Ball did show some improvement as a shooter in his sophomore campaign (40.6 percent field-goal percentage, compared to 36.0 percent in his rookie season), but his most consistent value in both a real-world and fantasy sense might once again come from his production in rebounds, assists and steals.
News: Ingram produced 19 points (6-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one steal across 23 minutes during the Pelicans' 133-109 preseason win over the Hawks on Monday.
Impact: Ingram enjoyed a successful Pelicans debut, checking in second only to Jrue Holiday in scoring on the night and also turning a solid showing on the boards. The 2016 second overall pick of the Lakers should enjoy a robust role in the new-look New Orleans attack this season and is likely to need minimal acclimation to the team's fast-paced style after playing in a similar system in Los Angeles.
News: Holiday totaled 21 points (7-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three assists, one rebound, two blocks and one steal across 18 minutes during the Pelicans' 133-109 preseason win over the Hawks on Monday.
Impact: The veteran was making his first on-court appearance since undergoing season-ending core muscle surgery last spring and was excellent during his limited time. Holiday and Derrick Favors are set to serve as the elder statesmen on the new-look Pelicans starting five, and while Anthony Davis is no longer around to split usage with, new arrivals Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball figure to have the ball in their hands a substantial amount.
News: Williamson registered 16 points (6-13 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-7 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and three steals across 28 minutes during the Pelicans' 133-109 preseason win over the Hawks on Monday.
Impact: Williamson's long-awaited return to the court after seeing minimal action in summer league play certainly did not disappoint, although he actually checked in third in scoring on the new-look Pelicans starting five. Nevertheless, New Orleans brass and fans had to be excited about what they saw from the first overall pick, who threw down multiple thunderous dunks while putting his versatile skill set on full display. Williamson checked off every box on the stat sheet except blocks, a matter he's clearly capable of rectifying as soon as New Orleans' next exhibition on Wednesday versus the Bulls.
News: Hayes (undisclosed) is no longer listed on the team's injury report heading into Monday's preseason game against the Hawks.
Impact: Hayes had been battling an undisclosed injury early in the preseason, but he appears to have been cleared prior to Monday's exhibition. He figures to see time at center along with Derrick Favors and Jahlil Okafor
News: Favors (hamstring) will play and start in Monday's preseason contest against the Hawks, Daniel Sallerson of the Pelicans Radio Network reports.
Impact: Favors' sore hamstring that he has been nursing for the past few days wasn't anything too serious as expected. In result, the forward will be getting the starting nod with his new squad during the team's exhibition opener Monday versus Atlanta.
News: Williamson will start Monday's preseason opener against the Hawks, Malika Andrews of ESPN reports.
Impact: No surprise here, as the Pelicans will go with the starting five most projected, featuring Jrue Holiday, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Williamson and Derrick Favors. Monday night will be our first look at the No. 1 overall pick since the Las Vegas Summer League, which he was forced out of by an injury after just 10 minutes of action.
News: Favors (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday's preseason game against the Hawks.
Impact: Favors has been dealing with some hamstring tightness that kept him out of Saturday's scrimmage. The Pelicans said the injury wasn't serious, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the team exercise caution with Favors. If he is held out, Jahlil Okafor would be in line to see more minutes in the preseason outing.
News: Favors didn't play in Saturday's scrimmage due to hamstring tightness, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Impact: GM Trajan Langdon indicated it isn't a serious issue, but it's unclear if Favors will be ready to go for Monday's preseason opener in Atlanta. The team is likely to remain cautious with the veteran big man with the regular season right around the corner.
News: Hayes might be held out of Saturday's open practice for precautionary reasons, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: It's not exactly clear what Hayes is dealing with, but it's apparently minor. His status is seemingly not in jeopardy for Monday's preseason action against the Hawks.
News: Melli (knee) is expected to be available for the Pelicans' open practice Saturday, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Melli has been working back from knee surgery he underwent at the end of the Turkish league season, but it seems like he's ready to start building chemistry with the Pelicans. The sharpshooter figures to see reserve minutes on the wing this season.
News: Ingram said Monday that he's fully healthy and doesn't expect to have any further blood clot issues, Andrew Lopez of ESPN reports.
Impact: Ingram was fully cleared earlier in the month, and he revealed Monday that he's no longer taking any medications for the blood clot condition that cut his 2018-19 season short. The rangy forward will look to reestablish himself in New Orleans, where he's expected to start on the wing and compete for minutes with J.J. Redick, E'Twaun Moore, and Nicolo Melli, among others.
News: Ball (ankle) has been a full participant in the Pelicans' voluntary offseason workout program, Andrew Lopez of reports.
Impact: Ball sprained his left ankle Jan. 19 and missed the Lakers' final 35 games as a result of the injury before being traded to the Pelicans in the July. Now healthy and out of the spotlight in Los Angeles, Ball will get the change to jump start his career as the starting point guard for an up-and-coming New Orleans squad that also includes No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson and veteran combo guard Jrue Holiday.
News: Ingram has been a full participant in the Pelicans' voluntary offseason workouts, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Deep vein thrombosis in Ingram's right arm forced him to miss the final five weeks of last season. While he essentially missed out on an entire offseason of development due to the injury, it's encouraging that he's finally able to get back on the court with training camp right around the corner. It's unclear if Ingram will start for New Orleans, but he should see minutes in the upper-20s at the very least. Over his final 17 appearances of 2018-19, Ingram averaged 22.5 points on 55.8 percent shooting, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists across 36.5 minutes.
News: Miller underwent surgery Thursday to repair a ruptured right Achilles tendon. The forward is expected to be sidelined for 7-to-8 months, according to Malika Andrews of
Impact: Miller presumably suffered the injury during a recent workout. Given the nature of Achilles tears, there's a fair chance that Miller misses the entire 2019-20 campaign. The injury opens up more time on the wing for the likes of Brandon Ingram, Nicolo Melli and Josh Hart.
News: Ball (ankle) has resumed workouts in preparation for the 2019-20 season.
Impact: The No. 2 overall pick in 2017 has been hampered by ankle injuries in each of his first two years in the league -- the most recent of which kept him out for the final three months of last season. While Ball, whose last game came against Houston on Jan. 19, endured a lengthy recovery process, he was back on the floor earlier this week going through shooting and ball-handling drills at what looked to be full speed. The 21-year-old should be at 100 percent health by the time training camp rolls around, and he'll look to secure a spot in the new-look Pelicans' starting five.