Southwest Notes: Pelicans, White, Silas, Doncic

With the starting Pelicans backcourt tandem of Eric Bledsoe and Lonzo Ball struggling to score, William Guillory of The Athletic suggests that swapping in sharpshooter J.J. Redick for Bledsoe could help unlock the club’s offense.

Redick could benefit by playing alongside new starting center Steven Adams, the best screener on the New Orleans roster. With Redick starting, All-Star small forward Brandon Ingram could become the club’s primary ball handler.

There’s more out of the NBA’s Southwest Division:

  • Newly-extended Spurs guard Derrick White has been activated by San Antonio, and thus will be available for the first time since his August surgery on the second toe of his left foot, per Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News. The Spurs host the Lakers tomorrow night.
  • New Rockets head coach Stephen Silas is continuing to work Houston’s newly-available players into his game planning as they come back from COVID-19 health protocols, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
  • Mavericks All-Star guard Luka Doncic is hoping to get out of a bumpy offensive start to his third NBA season, according to Callie Caplan of the Dallas Morning News. He had one of worst scoring performances as a pro on Wednesday, scoring just 12 points against the Hornets in a 118-99 loss. “Obviously I’ve got to do way better,” Doncic said. “I can still prove so much, so I’ve got to work on those shots every day and if you work on it, they’re going to fall in eventually, so that’s my point of view.” Doncic has gone cold from long distance this season, connecting on just 9.5% of his 5.3 three-point attempts a night.
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19 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Pelicans, White, Silas, Doncic

  1. shawn hemp

    Donic is the all-hype team mvp. Good numbers but very poor efficiency and really high usage

  2. brownscavsr4me

    Tonight’s box score would suggest that William Guillory’s theory on Bledsoe, Lonzo, and Redick is not the direction they should take.

    • Little_Dunker_45

      Forget this gillory guy just another knee jerk GM. Guy with historic shooting numbers immediately fixes offense…its been 4, 5 games? Reddick is great but if he was meant to start hed be starting. His role is 6th man.

    • Little_Dunker_45

      Not to mention Pelicans Creamed OKC tonight. Stick to your deadlines and word count writer boy and leave basketballs to the grown ups…

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    I wouldn’t mind seeing how Lonzo looks on Knicks. We need a lead PG who is an ast guy and runs team. I think Thibs could really help him. He could be all NBA D player with Thibs.

    • DVail1979

      And what would you have the Knicks give back to the Pelicans? New Orleans would need a really good guard back and I’m not sure the Knicks have that to give

      • Sillivan

        RJ has more trade value than Lonzo
        It has to be 3 way trade
        Kings get RJ
        Pelicans get Haliburton
        Knicks get Ball

        • x%sure

          Silli giving trading advice. Kings give up Haliburton for RJ, that fails at multiple levels. Nobody cares about the former draft slot for trading. Recent draftees are usually regarded as untouchable by GMs but prominent with young fans scared of adults.

        • kingsforever 2

          That’s you example? Kings trade Hali don’t for Harden or Towns. And RJ? Please, really…

      • KnickerbockerAl

        Pels not even gonna resign him. They could of licked him up for 4 more yrs. But no. Considering what gas come out if NO about him. It seems he might want to leave. I’m just saying it’s worth looking into and waiting them out. He’s a restricted FA next yr. Has qualifying offer of 14 mill. I’d say so far he’s not shown he’s worth that. It’s a wait and see

    • harden (mvp),wall, and wood

      I believe the word you’re looking for is Texans.

      In the days before statehood (1846), they were called Texians.

    • Little_Dunker_45

      Folks who dont live in the republic of Texas go to sleep each night dreaming one day they’ll be allowed to smell those blue bonnets and yellow roses. Until then they’re bitter and post on NBA message boards under names like “chief two hands”. Itd be tragic if it weren’t so darn pathetic.

  4. x%sure

    Ingram is a risk-taking 3. Making him a 1 might put his health in danger.

    This is maybe my own opinion, but 3s are 3s largely because they prefer to withdraw occasionally, (daydreaming is our only word for it), usually to come back harder. It turns into a system for energy at peak moments. Sometimes Ingram disappears, relative to the way he vigorously extends when he’s going for a shot. Let him do that without making him always finding or controlling the ball like a 1.
    Many examples, including LJ (for most of his career) & Durant.
    Also there is the matter of working things out defensively.

  5. harden (mvp),wall, and wood

    The chemistry in Houston is so much better this season without having Westbrick around anymore. He has already made his mark in Washington showing what is to be expected there. Four triple-doubles in four games, just like his last three seasons in OKC. But his team is 0-5, so what. Just as long as he can get his numbers, something he wasn’t allowed to do here in Houston.

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