Ben Golliver: Outside Of Davis Pelicans Have One Of Worst Rosters In NBA

It almost doesn’t make sense. In fact, it doesn’t.

Anthony Davis is averaging 31.6 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game, and the New Orleans Pelicans are 0-5.

Davis, 23, signed a five-year, $145-million extension with New Orleans in July 2015, but it seems his departure is a foregone conclusion. He’s getting better and better, and the team simply is not.

“I think he’s actually done a pretty admirable job not making an issue of how little help that he has,” SI’s Ben Golliver said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “How often do we talk about a guy like DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento, where it’s deja vu year after year and they’re struggling to get to 30 years. Of course the frustration would accumulate, and that’s really been the story in New Orleans. So many things have gone wrong. The coaching change that everybody thought would help take them over the hump really has backfired. If you look at the Omer Asik deal – just a complete mess. Just a terrible signing. I wrote that as soon as it happened. It’s played out exactly like that.”

Aside from Davis, only two other Pelicans – Tim Frazier (13.0) and E’Twaun Moore (10.8) – are averaging even 10 points per game. Only two others – Lance Stephenson (9.6) and Buddy Hield (8.4) – are averaging more than six.

“When you look at 2-through-15 on their roster in terms of pure talent – so take Anthony Davis out of it – I think they’ve got one of the worst rosters in the league, and that points back to the general manager,” said Golliver, referring to Dell Demps. “Buddy Hield, they really need something from him. I think he was drafted to be an impact kind of guy. He’s very slowly coming on here.”

“I think ultimately if I’m Anthony Davis, the clock is already ticking,” Golliver continued. “And that’s tough to say  because he just signed a big long-term contract not too long ago and it’s just now kicking it.”

The Pelicans will try to get in the win column this Friday at home against Phoenix (1-4). Tip-off is at 8 p.m. ET.

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