Steven Adams deserves some early DPOY hype from the New Orleans Pelicans.(Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)
The New Orleans Pelicans are within the residence stretch of unusual season that has immediately been derailed by accidents.
Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Steven Adams have all missed time not too long ago as a consequence of accidents, however miraculously the Pelicans are nonetheless simply two video games again of the ultimate play-in spot.
Even when the Pelicans don’t make it, this has not been a waste of a season, as we’ve seen promising growth from Zion and Lonzo specifically and the long run continues to be vivid within the Bayou.
The Pels want to overcome the adversity they’re going through and make the playoffs, however whether or not they find yourself within the second season or the lottery, particular person gamers nonetheless have so much to show heading into subsequent season.
Right here is one factor for every member of the New Orleans Pelicans to show in these final 21 video games of an up and down season.
New Orleans Pelicans: Facilities
Steven Adams: Adams has achieved what he was delivered to the New Orleans Pelicans to do, which is to seize rebounds, add some toughness and enhance the inside protection. Adams is a veteran who doesn’t have a lot left to show, however I might like to see him be extra of a playmaker on offense and never only a display screen setter.
Adams is adept at setting screens for Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram that give them area to function, however I want to see him cross out of these conditions as effectively so the offense isn’t fairly so predictable.
Look, Zion has been practically unstoppable so it doesn’t actually matter if they’re predictable but when groups ever determine a option to sluggish him down, they’ll want different folks to step up and make performs. Adams has averaged as many as 2.3 assists per recreation in his profession and has proven he can arrange teammates with handoffs and passing, so I’d wish to see only a bit extra.
Jaxson Hayes: Hayes has been so much higher since coming back from his benching and has proven improved protection and power. However he’s nonetheless fairly ineffective on offense, as his screens are lackluster, which offsets his capacity to roll to the ring.
Hayes must show he can set bodily screens that really do one thing, reasonably than the “Olé!” kind screens he units now the place he’s clearly extra focused on rolling to the ring for a dunk than truly making contact with the defender.
Willy Hernangomez: Hernangomez has exceeded expectations as a backup heart and has confirmed he can maintain it down defensively briefly bursts and never kill you on offense. I would really like him to show that he can knock down a mid-range jumper or shoot over 60 p.c from the ground. If he can do both of those two issues, then he’ll safe his third heart place for the foreseeable future.