2017–18 New Orleans Pelicans season
The 2017–18 New Orleans Pelicans season was the 16th season of the New Orleans Pelicans franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Pelicans were coached by Alvin Gentry in his third year as head coach. They played their home games at the Smoothie King Center as members of the Western Conference's Southwest Division.
|2017–18 New Orleans Pelicans season|
|Head coach||Alvin Gentry|
|General manager||Dell Demps|
|Owner(s)||Tom Benson (until March 15, his death)|
Gayle Benson (March 15 onwards)
|Arena||Smoothie King Center|
|Place||Division: 2nd (Southwest)|
Conference: 6th (Western)
|Playoff finish||Conference Semifinals|
(Lost to Warriors 1–4)
|Television||Fox Sports New Orleans|
The team's second-leading scorer, DeMarcus Cousins, suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury during his subsequent final game as a Pelican on January 26, 2018, and missed the remainder of the season. That lead to Cousins' decision to controversially join the Golden State Warriors the following season. Cousins signed with the Warriors despite speculation he would possibly join the Los Angeles Lakers or the Washington Wizards to reunite with former Kentucky Wildcats teammate John Wall. Despite losing Cousins, the Pelicans clinched their first playoff berth since 2015 with a win over the Los Angeles Clippers on April 9, 2018. They finished the season 48–34 to finish in second place in the Southwest Division.
In the Playoffs, the Pelicans faced off against the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers in the First Round. On April 14, 2018, the Pelicans won the first game in the First Round playoff series which marked the franchise's first playoff game win since the 2011 playoffs' First Round series against the Los Angeles Lakers. On April 21, the Pelicans completed the playoff series sweep over the Trail Blazers, marking the franchise's first series win since 2008. It also marked the first playoff series sweep in franchise history, and the first time that a team seeded sixth or lower had swept a First Round series since the NBA had expanded the First Round to a best-of-seven series. They advanced to the Conference Semifinals to face the second-seeded and eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors, the team that swept them in the First Round of the 2015 playoffs. The Pelicans lost the series in five games and were eliminated from the playoffs.
|Round||Pick||Player||Position||Nationality||College / Club|
|2||31||Frank Jackson||PG||United States||Duke|
Prior to the NBA draft, the Pelicans had only one second round pick, having traded their first round pick, rookie Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and the Philadelphia 76ers' original second round pick to the Sacramento Kings in a blockbuster trade for star center DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi. On June 21, 2017, however, the Pelicans acquired the Washington Wizards' second round pick (No. 52 overall) in exchange for guard Tim Frazier. As a result, the Pelicans entered draft night with two second round and no first round picks. On the night of the draft, the Pelicans traded away their second round pick (No. 40 overall) and cash considerations to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for the Hornets' second round pick (No. 31 overall). With that pick, the Pelicans selected Duke point guard Frank Jackson. With the No. 52 overall pick, the Pelicans selected Xavier point guard Edmond Sumner and traded him to the Indiana Pacers for cash considerations.
|2017–18 New Orleans Pelicans roster|
|z – Houston Rockets||65||17||.793||0.0||34–7||31–10||12–4||82|
|x – New Orleans Pelicans||48||34||.585||17.0||24–17||24–17||9–7||82|
|x – San Antonio Spurs||47||35||.573||18.0||33–8||14–27||9–7||82|
|1||z – Houston Rockets *||65||17||.793||–||82|
|2||y – Golden State Warriors *||58||24||.707||7.0||82|
|3||y – Portland Trail Blazers *||49||33||.598||16.0||82|
|4||x – Oklahoma City Thunder||48||34||.585||17.0||82|
|5||x – Utah Jazz||48||34||.585||17.0||82|
|6||x – New Orleans Pelicans||48||34||.585||17.0||82|
|7||x – San Antonio Spurs||47||35||.573||18.0||82|
|8||x – Minnesota Timberwolves||47||35||.573||18.0||82|
|10||Los Angeles Clippers||42||40||.512||23.0||82|
|11||Los Angeles Lakers||35||47||.427||30.0||82|
|2017 pre-season game log|
Total: 1–3 (Home: 0–2; Road: 1–1)
Pre-season: 1–3 (Home: 0–2; Road: 1–1)
|2017–18 season schedule|
|2018 playoff game log|
Total: 5–4 (Home: 3–1; Road: 2–3)
First Round: 4–0 (Home: 2–0; Road: 2–0)
Conference Semifinals: 1–4 (Home: 1–1; Road: 0–3)
|2018 playoff schedule|
|June 21, 2017||To New Orleans Pelicans
52nd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft
|To Washington Wizards|
|February 1, 2018||To New Orleans Pelicans
2018 second round pick (from New Orleans via Chicago)
|To Chicago Bulls|
2018 Top 5 protected first round pick
Right to swap 2021 second round picks with New Orleans
|Jrue Holiday||5-year contract worth $126 million|
|Tony Allen||1-year contract worth $2.3 million||Memphis Grizzlies|
|Ian Clark||1-year contract worth $1.6 million||Golden State Warriors|
|Charles Cooke||Two-way contract||Dayton Flyers|
|Jalen Jones||Two-way contract||Maine Red Claws|
|Darius Miller||2-year contract worth $4.3 million||Brose Bamberg|
|Rajon Rondo||1-year contract worth $3.3 million||Chicago Bulls|
|Mike James||Two-way contract||Phoenix Suns|
|Emeka Okafor||Signed two 10-day contracts / 1-year deal||Delaware 87ers|
|Walter Lemon Jr.||Signed a 10-day contract||Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|Player||Reason left||New team|
|Quinn Cook||Waived||Atlanta Hawks|
|Axel Toupane||Waived||Žalgiris Kaunas|
|Donatas Motiejūnas||Unrestricted free agent||Shandong Golden Stars|
|Hollis Thompson||Unrestricted free agent||Olympiacios Piraeus|
|Jalen Jones||Waived||Dallas Mavericks / Texas Legends|
|Mike James||Waived||Panathinaikos Athens|
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