1. New Orleans Pelicans
It’s impossible to give the New Orleans Pelicans too much credit for the way they recovered from the loss of Anthony Davis. Somehow, the franchise turned the loss of a once-in-a-generation player into the acquisition of another prospect with the same unique talent.
Zion Williamson is easily one of the most highly coveted college players of all-time. His unreal athleticism and bulky frame make him a mind-boggling force of nature. Though he has only played 19 games, the rookie has lived up to all of his expectations thus far.
Williamson is averaging 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in just under 30 minutes per game. He is finishing close to 60 percent of all attempts and has hit an encouraging 6-of-13 total 3-point attempts. His presence helped vault the Pelicans into the 7th highest Net Rating in the league since his debut (They were previously 16th).
Next to Williamson is first-time All-Star, Brandon Ingram. He is a freak of nature in his own right, sporting a 7’3″ wingspan and having a phenomenal knack for creating his own shot. Ingram has taken a backseat to Williamson but will undoubtedly be a strong sidekick once they learn how to share the floor together.
Wrap this all up with a defensive-minded backcourt with Lonzo Ball and Jrue Holiday to make this team a nightmare for opponents. As the front office works to round out the rest of this lineup, the Golden State Warriors need to be watching out for a growing problem in New Orleans.