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The Best New Orleans Pelicans First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft  

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25 votes 3 voters 13 items

List Rules Vote based only on career success with the New Orleans Pelicans. Only picks made since the NBA/ABA merger (since 1977).

The history of New Orleans Pelicans first-round draft picks only dates back to 2003. In that time, however, the Pelicans have managed to draft two of the best players in basketball right now, Anthony Davis and Chris Paul.

But apart from Davis, many of the Pelicans' best draft picks have had their greatest success with other organizations, such as David West, who finished his career with two championships on the Warriors, and even Paul, who made four All-Star teams for New Orleans but five for the Clippers. 

So which of these players provided the biggest positive impact for the Pelicans franchise? The stats below reflect only the players’ time spent with New Orleans, and that is what you should base your vote on. Did this player help improve the Pelicans?

Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
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Draft selection: 4 (2005)

Stats
425 games played, 18.7 ppg, 9.9 apg, 4.6 rpg, 2.4 spg

Achievements
4× NBA All-Star (2008–2011)
All-NBA First Team (2008)
All-NBA Second Team (2009)
All-NBA Third Team (2011)
NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2008)
NBA Rookie of the Year (2006)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2006)

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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
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Draft selection: 1 (2012)

Stats
466 games played, 23.7 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.4 bpg

Achievements
6× NBA All-Star (2014–2019)
3× All-NBA First Team (2015, 2017, 2018)
NBA All-Defensive First Team (2018)
2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2015, 2017)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2013)

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David West is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
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Draft selection: 18 (2003)

Stats
430 games played, 16.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.0 apg

Achievements
2× NBA All-Star (2008, 2009)

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J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Orleans Pelicans First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
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Draft selection: 18 (2004)

Stats
131 games played, 9.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg

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