The Pelicans are 26-46 on the season, which is good for sixth place in our Reverse Standings, but the team isn’t planning on tanking over the next 10 games in order to secure a better draft pick, John Reid of The Times Picayune writes. “We try to play at the highest level that we can,” coach Alvin Gentry said. ”Wherever that gets us in the draft, that gets us in the draft. I’ve never been a guy that thought, ‘Hey let’s get some extra pingpong balls or whatever.’ I don’t know how you sell that to your players.”
Here’s more around the league:
- Tim Duncan says he and Spurs teammate Manu Ginobili will make their retirement decisions individually rather than as a group, Melissa Rohlin of the San Antonio Express-News relays (Twitter link).
- The Magic are 30-43 on season and unless they go on a historic run, they will be in the lottery for the fourth straight season. Still, coach Scott Skiles hasn’t given up on the season and he’s looking to improve in a few areas down the stretch, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes. “We haven’t guarded well enough and then we haven’t handled a run well enough by the other team,” Skiles said.
- Many believe Ben Simmons will be a star in the league down the road, but A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast Sportsnet (video link) believes Simmons will make an immediate impact. Blakely also predicts that the 19-year-old will be the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft.