The Pelicans are finally getting stops, but they won’t make the playoffs unless they start scoring
Spent some time talking to Alvin Gentry about the Pelicans. An excerpt:
Asked why and how New Orleans’ defense is much better than in previous seasons, coach Alvin Gentry was quick to not take the credit.
“Well, I think it’s the personnel,” Gentry told VICE Sports, alluding to the off-season signings of defensive-minded wing players like Solomon Hill, E’Twaun Moore, and Langston Galloway. “I wish you could say it’s just this great coaching that I do, but in reality, we’ve got real, solid defensive players. And we have simplified some of the things that we’ve done. And I think Coach [Darren] Erman has done a great job of making guys believe in what we do.
“It’s a tremendous jump — where we were last year and where we are now.”
Under former coach Monty Williams, the Pelicans consistently ranked in the league’s bottom ten for defensive efficiency, finishing 27th, 28th, and 22nd in Williams’ final three seasons at the helm. When New Orleans replaced Williams with Gentry prior to last season, the idea was to modernize the team’s offense by speeding things up — the better to take advantage of Davis’ prodigious gifts — while hoping that a defense that couldn’t really get worse would almost have to improve.
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