The New Orleans Pelicans are an American professional basketball team based in New Orleans. They play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The team was born out of the original Hornets' relocation to New Orleans in 2002. The team has had three names since its inception; it was called the New Orleans Hornets (2002–2005; 2007–2013), the New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets (2005–2007), and the New Orleans Pelicans (2013–present). The Pelicans have never been to the NBA Finals since its inception. The team has played their home games at the Smoothie King Center(formerly the New Orleans Arena) since 2002. The Pelicans are owned by Gayle Benson, with Trajan Langdon as their general manager.
There have been seven head coaches for the Pelicans. The franchise's first head coach was Paul Silas, who coached for one season. Byron Scott is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (419), the most regular-season game wins (203), the most playoff games coached (17), and the most playoff-game wins (8). Paul Silas has franchise record for the highest winning percentage in the regular season (.573). Scott is the only Pelicans coach to have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award, having won it in the 2007–08 season. Bower's only head coaching job was with the Pelicans. No Pelicans head coach has been elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach. The Pelicans' fifth head coach was Monty Williams, who was appointed on June 7, 2010.
On June 16, 2021, the Pelicans mutually parted ways with Stan Van Gundy who coached the team for one season.
|#||Number of coaches[a]|
|*||Spent entire NBA head coaching career with the Hornets / Pelicans|
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2021–22 season.
|New Orleans Hornets|
|3||Byron Scott||2004–2009||419||203||216||.484||17||8||9||.471||2007–08 NBA Coach of the Year|||
|New Orleans Pelicans|
|7||Stan Van Gundy||2020–2021||72||31||41||.431||—||—||—||—|||