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New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. They play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association. The franchise began play during the 1988–89 NBA season as the Charlotte Hornets, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they were located for fourteen seasons. Following the 2001–02 season, the team relocated to New Orleans, becoming the New Orleans Hornets. After three seasons in New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina forced the franchise to temporarily relocate to Oklahoma City, where they spent two seasons officially known as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. The Hornets returned to New Orleans full-time for the 2007–08 season before changing its name to the Pelicans at the conclusion of the 2012–13 NBA regular season.[1

In 25 seasons of play, the Pelicans have compiled an overall regular season record of 961-1,023, and have qualified for the post-season 12 times. Their achievements include five playoff series victories and one division title.

2013–present: The Pelicans

New owner Tom Benson had indicated early in his ownership that he wished to change the team's name to something more local, with his preference being a return of the name "Jazz" to the city (the city's former NBA team, the New Orleans Jazz, long ago moved to Salt Lake City and became known as the Utah Jazz). However, Utah indicated they had no interest in returning the name due to over 25 years of history associated with it, including two Finals appearances.

Benson had also heavily favored the names "Brass" and "Krewe" but on December 4, 2012, it was reported that the Hornets will be changing their name to the New Orleans Pelicans beginning with the 2013-2014 season,[1] after Louisiana's state bird, the Brown Pelican.[22] The name Pelicans had previously been used by a minor-league baseball team that played in New Orleans from 1901 to 1957. These reports were officially confirmed on January 24, 2013, when the Hornets officially announced said name change and unveiled accompanying logos and a blue, gold and red color scheme.[1] On April 18, 2013, after the end of the team's 2012-13 season, the team's name was officially changed to the Pelicans.[2]

Following the New Orleans franchise's 2013 relinquishment of the "Hornets" name, on May 21, 2013, Charlotte Bobcats team owner Michael Jordan officially announced the organization had submitted an application to change the name of his franchise to the Charlotte Hornets for the 2014-15 NBA season, pending a majority vote for approval by the NBA Board of Governors at a meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 18, 2013. NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO Adam Silver had previously pointed out that the fact that the league owns the rights to the

New Orleans Pelicans Roster

Player # Number Position
Anthony Davis 23 Forward-center
Greivis Vasques 21 Point guard
Eric Gordon 10 Shooting guard
Austin Rivers 25 Guard
Brian Roberts 22 Guard
Robin Lopez 15 Center
Ryan Anderson 33 Power forward
Al-Farouq Aminu 0 Small forward
Jason Smith 14 Forward-center
Louis Amundson 17 Power forward
Darius Miller 2 Forward
Xavier Henry 4 Shooting guard
Lance Thomas 42 Power forward
Roger Mason, Jr. 8 Guard
Edin Bavcic Power forward