But with their 113-103 victory against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, the Pelicans proved once and for all how strong their entire roster is.
This is great news for the team – and scary news for the rest of the league.
It’ll be even scarier next year if Williamson returns.
Brandon Ingram, CJ McCollum and Jonas Valanciunas tonight:
81 points, 23 rebounds, 15 assists, 32-56 FG
— Will Guillory (@WillGuillory) April 14, 2022
That’s an impressive total for these three guys and was the reason they ended up winning their first play-in game.
Will this trifecta be enough to get them through the next play-in game and into the postseason?
Where Is Williamson?
Nearly everyone had written off this Pelicans team when the season began.
Because they were without Williamson, no one predicted the team to go far.
However, they have been consistently surprising fans and NBA viewers and ended the season as the ninth seed in the West with a 36-46 record.
That’s not a stellar record, of course, but it’s far better than many expected.
The team has really come together over the last few months after acquiring McCollum from the Portland Trail Blazers.
Since coming to the Big Easy, McCollum has put up 24.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists and has turned into a centerpiece of the squad.
Things could be looking up for the team in only a few months.
The latest speculation suggests that Williamson might return next season after missing an entire year due to a foot injury.
If that happens, the Pelicans will have the powerful trio on display Wednesday night along with one of the most imposing, physically impressive young players in the league.
The NBA should get ready for the Pelicans to be a big deal next year.