After 13 games, the team has won just twice, and making a return to the playoffs is going to be a challenge, as not only are they in the rugged Western Conference, the Southwest division is perhaps the best in the league.
Anthony Davis has continued to deliver statistically, averaging 22.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 2.1 assists and a steal per game.
The contributions of Davis aren’t enough to keep the team from playing the worst defense in the NBA. New Orleans is surrendering 108.4 points per game and opponents are shooting 47.1 percent from the field, both figures are the highest in the NBA.
Since selecting Davis with the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the team hasn’t built around him with any draft picks, instead adding talent designed to win now.
Thirteen games into the the season, New Orleans is already at a crossroad, does the team try and rush back its injured players to pursue a playoff spot, or does the team get through the season and try its luck in the draft lottery.