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The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time 

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List Rules Please rank the players based only on their time with the Hornets/Pelicans franchise

A list of the best New Orleans Pelicans of all time. Prior to the 2013-14 season, the New Orleans franchise changed its name from the Hornets, which it had been known as since its inception in 1988-89. It took a few years for the franchise to find its footing, but by the early 1990s, the Hornets were one of the most exciting teams in the league. Behind star players like Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning, the Hornets featured some of the best young players in the NBA. But like many NBA teams, the Hornets had to trade its best players, only to replace with other great players like Glen Rice and Anthony Mason. It's rare that a team is able to trade two of its best players of all time for two more great players. But in those early years, the Hornets were successfully able to do that.

The NBA Draft has been kind to the franchise as well. In addition to Johnson and Mourning, the team has drafted some of the top players at their positions, like Baron Davis and Chris Paul. Superstar point guards are hard to come by, yet New Orleans managed to snare two of them. Paul is considered one of the best current NBA players and his presence on the Hornets made them a team to watch.

While many of the players on this are from the team's Hornets days, there are a few future Pelicans players whose futures are bright. Anthony Davis, the first overall pick in 2012 is a Pelicans player who has great potential to be one of the best big men in the NBA.

This is a list of the best New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans of all time. If you see someone from this franchise who is not listed, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank the list based on who you think is the greatest New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans player of all time. 
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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Point guard from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America
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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Power forward and Center from Chicago, Illinois
3
Alonzo Mourning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Center from Chesapeake, Virginia, United States of America
4
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Point guard from Santa Monica, California, United States of America
5
David West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Power forward from Teaneck, New Jersey
6
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Power forward from Tyler, Texas, United States of America
7
Jrue Holiday is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
James Gent added Point guard and Shooting guard from Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California
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Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Point guard from Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
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Glen Rice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Flint, Michigan, United States of America
10
Dell Curry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Harrisonburg, Virginia
11
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Small forward from Požega, Croatia
12
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Center from Hanford, California
13
Jamal Mashburn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Small forward from New York City, New York
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DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Riley Buxton added Center from Mobile, Alabama, United States of America
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Tyreke Evans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Chester, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Shooting guard from Indianapolis, Indiana
17
Ryan Anderson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Power forward from Sacramento, California
18
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Mueez added Shooting guard from Freehold Borough, New Jersey
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Kendall Gill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Center from Prijepolje, Serbia
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Trevor Ariza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
slaft added Shooting guard and Small forward from Miami, Florida
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Eddie Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Shooting guard from Pompano Beach, Florida
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Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
林倞宇 added Point guard from Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America
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P. J. Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Power forward and Center from Detroit, Michigan
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David Wesley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans of All Time
Shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas