The New Orleans Pelicans hold the No. 8 pick ahead of Thursday’s NBA Draft.
It is a slot machine that this front office knows well.
In 2019, shortly after general manager David Griffin took over, the Pelicans returned to the draft. They sent the No. 4 pick to the Atlanta Hawks. They recovered the selections n ° 8, 17 and 35.
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At No. 8, the Pelicans took Jaxson Hayes, an athletic but raw big man. Hayes’ playing time fluctuated during his first three seasons. He was dropped from New Orleans’ rotation altogether in December, but in the spring he started to become a power forward and played a role in his team’s turnaround.
Three years later, the Pelicans are expected to pick the No. 8 again.
Here’s what three different outlets plan to do with their first-round pick and our analysis of each selection.
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The choice : Shaedon Sharpe, 6-foot-6 wing, Kentucky
Sports Illustrated says: The Pelicans successfully developed some depth in the roster last season, leaving them in a flexible position heading into draft night if they want to take a big swing. Whoever it is, New Orleans won’t be under pressure to contribute immediately, and it still has future first-round picks from the Lakers and Bucks. Considering Sharpe’s upside and the fact that the Pelicans might not draft that high for a while, this could be a soft landing point for him.
Our analysis : Sharpe worked for a handful of teams with lottery picks, including Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Hornets. The Pelicans have so far been unable to accommodate Sharpe for training in New Orleans, a league source said. Sharpe was considered the highest-ranked player in the 2022 high school class. He was enrolled mid-year at Kentucky, but he declined to play. He is a talented shooter and a gifted jumper. NBA talent evaluators wonder how he will react to intense competition.
The choice : Dyson Daniels, 6-foot-8 guard, G League Ignite
Yahoo Sports says: The Australian native has grown 2 inches since the start of the G League season and is now close to 6-8 in boots. His size and high basketball IQ make him an intriguing prospect if he drops to 8th overall in the draft. The Pelicans could use a guard like Daniels with his length and plug him right in next to CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram.
Our analysis : We’ve been reporting for weeks that the Pelicans are seriously interested in Daniels. If he’s on the board at No. 8, chances are the Pelicans will pick him. Daniels has a large size for a guard. He is a gifted entertainer who is one of the best defensive prospects in his class. There are questions about Daniels’ outside shot. In 14 games with the G League Ignite, he shot 25.5% from 3-point range. Pelicans assistant Fred Vinson, who helped Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Herb Jones improve their jumpers, is one of the best shooting coaches in the NBA. If Daniels lands in New Orleans, he could become Vinson’s next student.
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The choice : daniels
CBS Sports says: Daniels served as the primary enabler for G-League Ignite. Its exterior plan is a work in progress. But if the Pelicans have the appetite for long-term play on the heels of a playoff appearance, Daniels has a huge two-way advantage.
Our analysis : Daniels’ versatility is one of his most attractive qualities. He can take the ball to the ground and initiate the attack or he can play on the wing. He should be able to keep several positions at the NBA level. It’s a good lateral move that disrupts attacks with its 6-10 wingspan. If the Pelicans are able to walk away with Daniels on draft night, they will feel good about themselves.
The New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers hold back-to-back lottery picks in Thursday’s NBA draft.