The last few NBA seasons for the New Orleans Pelicans have been pretty eventful. After trading away Anthony Davis last summer to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Pelicans drafted rookie sensation, Zion Williamson, to be the new face of the franchise.
While he sat out most of last season with a knee injury, not making his NBA debut until Jan. 22nd, 2020, Zion Williamson exploded onto the scene. In his first NBA regular-season game, Zion played 18 minutes and scored 22 points on 8-11 shooting, 4-4 from deep, and added 7 rebounds.
Zion Williamson has all the makings of being an NBA All-Star talent for many years to come and with the right pieces around him, the Pelicans could slowly build this team into a contender. As good as Zion was in his limited time last season, Brandon Ingram sustained success over the course of the whole season.
Brandon Ingram played in 62 games last year for the Pelicans, averaging 23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and shot 46.3% from the floor, 39.1% from three-point range. He was named an NBA All-Star for the first time in his young career and at the end of the season, was named the 2019-20 NBA Most Improved Player.
With Zion and Ingram looking like two NBA All-Star level players for years to come, New Orleans is in a great position to be a contending team in the Western Conference for years to come, but they seem to be missing consistent play in their backcourt.
They still have Lonzo Ball, a “jack-of-all-trades,” in the backcourt and they acquired Eric Bledsoe in the trade that sent Jrue Holiday to the Milwaukee Bucks, but with Holiday gone, they do not have any NBA All-Star talent in their backcourt anymore. Could they potentially look to make a move for Kemba Walker?
Let’s take a look at what could be a huge trade in the NBA between the Boston Celtics and the New Orleans Pelicans revolving around 4x NBA All-Star, Kemba Walker.