There are many ways to build a championship roster, and the New Orleans Pelicans seem to have chosen their path.
We’ve seen “super” teams converge over the past decade as superstars banded together to be on the same team as LeBron James in Miami.
But that approach has failed more than often, most recently in Brooklyn, who are now a hot mess after building a “super” team around Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.
Turns out chemistry and personalities matter, and just tossing superstar names on a piece of paper guarantees nothing as the Nets bounced in the first round of the playoffs and are now forced to trade Durant.
That’s why I don’t think the Pelicans will trade for Durant, as recent NBA Finals history shows that the “super” team approach is no longer trendy.
New Orleans Pelicans: Building Sustainable Success
The New Orleans Pelicans don’t want to be a flash in the pan as they have the young talent and future to be good now and in the future.
If you look at the past two NBA playoffs, you’ll see that this is the approach taken by the best teams, as both Milwaukee and Phoenix are built around homegrown stars, as are Golden State and Boston.
Ironically, the Warriors are usually the first team mentioned when it comes to the “super” team approach, but the truth is that almost their entire roster has been drafted. The chance to add Durant was a fluke the Warriors took, but now they’re back on track to win a title with guys they drafted.
Then you have the Boston Celtics, whose roster was built from the last Nets’ “super” team when Brooklyn sold almost all of its draft assets to Boston in one of the worst trades in NBA history.
The Pelicans have much to learn from the Celtics, who have built their roster around stars they designed using the magnitude of the Brooklyn debacle (Houston will be the next team to do so, mark my words).
With a team full of young talent and plenty of draft assets, the Pelicans might be tempted to complete a splashy swap for a Superstar, but they don’t really have to as they can continue to build their roster around Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram (acquired through trade). , Herbert Jones, Trey Murphy III, Jose Alvarado and Dyson Daniels.
The league is leaning more toward rosters created by the draft, and the New Orleans Pelicans are poised to be the next big homegrown team.