Franchises are already starting practicing towards the beginning of the regular season in the NBA. One of the revelation teams for next season can potentially be the New Orleans Pelicans, as they have been building a very interesting roster for the last few years.
Last year they signed CJ McCollum on trade. This last week, the franchise has also announced the contract extension of the player until 2026. This way, the New Orleans Pelicans clearly bet on him, as he will earn 133 million in this new four-seasons contract. He is certainly a profile that adds maturity to the young stars from the roster.
CJ McCollum averaged last season 24.3 points, 5.8 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game and helped his team to make it all the way to the Playoffs, where they fell to the Phoenix Suns (4-2). The starting 5th for this season is formed by Valanciunas, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, CJ McCollum y Herb Jones. They also count on players like Willy Hernangomez, Devonte Graham or Jose Alvarado.
In the Media Day, which took place this week, several players of the franchise talked about the great team they are making and the expectations on them towards this new season. One of the stars, Brandon Ingram, said that the next step that the franchise must take is to win the championship.
Zion, better than ever before:
Last season, the improvement of the team was constant, but their most media star, Zion Williamson, missed the entire season for a fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot and had to undergo surgery. Then doubts on his commitment with the franchise arose, as he gained too much weight.
However, it has all changed after this summer, as Zion has recovered from his injury and now is back to optimal physical conditions. On his own words, he is at his best moment right now.
We were barely able to see him playing in the last few seasons, but it was certainly enough to predict that Zion had the required qualities based on the hype that he created on his debut in the NBA. In his second season, he averaged 61.1% of accuracy on field goals with an average of 27 points per game.
A roster full of young stars that want to keep growing and that are hungry to compete after being knocked out in the first round. We will have to see if Zion shows his best level and how far the New Orleans Pelicans can get.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.
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