Aug 1, 2013; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) during a uniform unveiling at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

How will New Orleans Pelicans backcourt co-exist?


If there is one team in the NBA that bolstered its backcourt talent this off-season, it is undoubtedly the newly named New Orleans Pelicans. However with the additions of point guard Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans to the already existing Eric Gordon, spreading the ball around enough may be a tricky situation. Holiday will likely be the one that is in charge of distributing the ball to everyone involved, and you can’t count on the touches budding superstar Anthony Davis and three-point specialist Ryan Anderson will need to be effective.

Gordon has an injury riddled past, but at this stage of the preseason, he seems to be healthy. Evans has proven himself to be an inconsistent, illadvised shooter. In every season after his Rookie of the Year campaign, Evans production and efficiency have fallen. When these three guys are at the top of their game, there isn’t a more talented backcourt in the NBA. However, how the three will handle sharing the ball remains to be seen.

Head coach Monty Williams will be faced with the challenge of divvying up the offensive responsibilities. Jrue Holiday will likely be looked to do be more of a facilitator than scorer, but when he was at his best in Philadelphia a season ago, he was averaging 19 points and 8 assists per contest. Whether or not Gordon can stay healthy will be a factor, and if he is, how well he will play will be another. If Gordon is healthy and is playing at the level that his potential suggests, Evans will be the third option. 

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