by Chuck Edwards
The New Orleans Pelicans entered the 2016 NBA Draft last night with three picks, and left with two selections… selections that should contribute immediately.
With their first pick, the sixth overall, the Pelicans selected Oklahoma SG Buddy Hield. The Senior was a prolific three-point shooter in college, draining 147 of them in 37 games last season at a rate of 46-percent. Hield is expected to fit in well with the Golden State-style of Offense that Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry installed last season.
As far as Hield’s strong work ethic, let him tell you himself.
In the second round of the draft, the Pelicans swapped their back-to-back picks, numbers 39 and 40, to the Los Angeles Clippers. In exchange, the Clippers gave the Pels the 33rd overall pick, which they used to select Kansas Center Cheick Diallo. You’ll find more about Diallo here.
Now, the Pelicans and the rest of the teams in the league will wait until July 1st to negotiate with free agents. With the NBA Salary Cap expected to jump from $70M to $94M, there could be quite a bit of old faces in new places… but that’s a story for another day.