The New Orleans Pelicans made a little bit of noise in the 2017 NBA Draft. However, there’s still work to be done.
The New Orleans Pelicans made some interesting moves in the 2017 NBA Draft and added a needed piece to the roster. However, it still won’t be enough for them to contend in the West. Entering the night, the Pelicans had two picks in the second round — the 40th and 52nd overall picks.
During the regular season, the Pelicans traded away their first round pick to the Sacramento Kings to acquire big man DeMarcus Cousins. That selection ended up becoming the 10th overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, which was used on Gonzaga’s Zach Collins.
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After being traded to New Orleans, Cousins averaged 24.4 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks per contest in 17 appearances alongside fellow big man Anthony Davis.
On draft night, the Pelicans traded their 40th pick in the NBA Draft (Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon) and cash considerations to the Charlotte Hornets for the 31st pick.
The Pelicans drafted Frank Jackson at that spot, taking the freshman guard out of Duke University. Although he’s still recovering from foot surgery (stress fracture), Jackson gives New Orleans a competitor who has a lot of scoring potential.
After selecting Jackson, the New Orleans Pelicans traded the 52nd pick away for cash considerations to the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers ended up selecting point guard Edmond Sumner out of Xavier University.
The Pelicans still have some things to work out in free agency, but acquiring a point guard who can play a dual role while shedding one who no longer fit with the team helped start them off in the right direction.