Coming on the heels of the No. 29 Charlotte Hornets, it’s only appropriate that team No. 28 in the Beckett Presents 30 Teams | 30 Weeks NBA Countdown Presented By Panini America is the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans came to New Orleans from Charlotte as the Hornets in 2002 and played under that name until 2013, when they chose their more state-appropriate nickname.
The Pelicans have been marked by two distinct eras in their nearly two decades in New Orleans. The first era consisted of the Chris Paul–David West years, with Paul leading the team as one of, if not the, best point guards in the league. He was the fourth pick of the 2005 NBA Draft and was immediately a star, leading the team into a new time of success. Paul was aided by the post play and leadership of West. Together, the two were voted captains and took the team to several playoff appearances.
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