The New Orleans Pelicans are struggling; they are in twelfth place in the Western Conference with 30 losses and only 19 wins. This record is surprising considering they have one of the best players in the NBA with Anthony Davis. Davis is averaging 27.8 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game this season.
That is an impressive stat line but he can’t carry the team himself. The Pelicans need to make a trade.
New Orleans needs a better small forward. The Pelicans current starting small forward Solomon Hill is averaging 6.2 points, 1.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds per 28 minutes a game this season, which is obviously not good at all.
The Pelicans need to trade for Andre Iguodala.
Andre Iguodala is averaging 6.3 points, 3.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game. You may say that is worse than Hill’s stats, but Iguodala is only playing 13 minutes a game now that Kevin Durant joined him on the Golden State Warriors.
Iguodala is one of the best passing forwards in the league. He could help get Anthony more touches and help the team score more points. Iguodala has terrific ball vision and knows just when to make the precise pass.
Iguodala can also throw the alley-oop pass, which Davis is known to be able to finish. Iguodala’s defense can help the team shut down scorers in close games.
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To add to that, Iguodala is the ripe age of thirty-three and can bring veteran guidance to this young team. Iguodala has lots of playoff experience including a NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015. He was named finals MVP in that series for his excellent defense on LeBron James.
Iguodala also is known for being one of the best teammates in the league and can help Anthony Davis excel and grow into his potential. This Pelicans team has a great foundation of young players but just don’t have what it takes to get to the playoffs yet.
Andre Iguodala may be the last piece of the puzzle to bring them into the playoffs. Obviously, Iguodala won’t make the Pelicans a championship contender, but he will help the team grow and become the great team they have the potential to be.