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PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Pelicans take step forward, not leap

You don’t have to sell me on Anthony Davis. In the next three years he will take over the mantle as the best player in the NBA. He will be in the mix for the MVP award this year — at age 22.

You don’t have to sell me on how Alvin Gentry helps the Pelicans, not only the offense but I also think he improves their struggling defense.

But I don’t see the Pelicans making a huge leap forward this season, as Jenna Corrado and I discuss in this latest PBT Extra. The issue isn’t Davis and Gentry, it’s everything around them. Jrue Holiday is on a 15 minutes a game limit until January; Norris Cole, Tyreke Evans, Omer Asik, and Alexis Ajinca are out injured to start the season. Add in a rough schedule to start the season in New Orleans and a slow start is not out of the question.