New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps believes his current team possesses both youth and experience to become successful this coming season, the executive told Gary Washburn of Boston Globe.
Guard Austin Rivers and center Anthony Davis are seen as two cornerstone players as the New Orleans Hornets rebuild and become the Pelicans.
Demps unveiled his grand plan for the new-look Pelicans this summer by acquiring up-and-coming players such Tyreke Evans (via free agency) and Jrue Holiday (via trade).
The Pelicans don't have a player on their roster older than 28, but the team's GM believed the team has a lot of seasoned guys ready to step up.
"When we put the group together, that was something that was important to us; of course we have a lot of young guys but we also have guys with experience," said Dell Demps. "Look at Jrue Holiday going into his fifth year, Eric Gordon going into his sixth year, Ryan Anderson sixth year.
"We have guys that are young but yet experienced. I think that's a sign of the new NBA where guys come into the league younger now. What I am hoping is these guys kind of are through the learning curve and understand the league now and take that next step."
Demps stressed that former no.1 overall pick Anthony Davis will be the franchise player of the team moving forward.
"He's really committed to getting better, which is exciting. It's fun watching the development and the commitment that he has made in the offseason and we're seeing the dividends in training camp," said of Davis, who is racking big numbers on both ends of the floor this preseason.
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