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).[1]

History

The team was born out of the original Hornets' relocation to New Orleans in 2002.[2] 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).[3] The Pelicans have never been to the NBA Finals since its inception.[4] The team has played their home games at the Smoothie King Center(formerly the New Orleans Arena) since 2002.[5] The Pelicans are owned by Gayle Benson, with Trajan Langdon as their general manager.

Coaches

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.[6] 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.[7]

On June 16, 2021, the Pelicans mutually parted ways with Stan Van Gundy who coached the team for one season.[8]

Statistics

Key

GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
# 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.

# Name Term[b] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Achievements Reference
Regular season Playoffs
New Orleans Hornets
1 Paul Silas 2002–2003 82 47 35 .573 6 2 4 .333 [9]
2 Tim Floyd 2003–2004 82 41 41 .500 7 3 4 .429 [10]
3 Byron Scott 20042009 419 203 216 .484 17 8 9 .471 2007–08 NBA Coach of the Year[6] [11]
4 Jeff Bower* 2009–2010 73 34 39 .466 [12]
5 Monty Williams 20102013 230 94 136 .409 6 2 4 .333 [13]
New Orleans Pelicans
Monty Williams 20132015 164 79 85 .482 4 0 4 .000 [13]
6 Alvin Gentry 20152020 400 175 225 .438 9 5 4 .556 [14]
7 Stan Van Gundy 2020–2021 72 31 41 .431 [15]
8 Willie Green* 2021–present 82 36 46 .439 6 2 4 .333 [16]

Notes

References

General
  • "New Orleans Hornets Coach Register". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 26, 2009.
Specific
  1. ^ "2008-2009 Division Regular Season Standings". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on January 7, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2009.
  2. ^ "Teams Index". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 26, 2009.
  3. ^ "New Orleans Hornets". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 26, 2009.
  4. ^ "NBA Finals: All-Time Champions". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved January 26, 2009.
  5. ^ "New Orleans Hornets". New Orleans Arena. Archived from the original on January 27, 2009. Retrieved January 26, 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Coach of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on September 15, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2009.
  7. ^ "Monty Williams Named New Orleans Hornets Head Coach". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 7, 2010. Retrieved June 8, 2010.
  8. ^ "New Orleans Pelicans and Stan Van Gundy mutually agree to part ways". NBA.com. June 16, 2021. Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  9. ^ "Paul Silas Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 26, 2009.
  10. ^ "Tim Floyd Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 26, 2009.
  11. ^ "Byron Scott Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 26, 2009.
  12. ^ "Jeff Bower Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
  13. ^ a b "Monty Williams Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  14. ^ "New Orleans Pelicans Name Alvin Gentry Head Coach". NBA.com/Pelicans (Press release). NBA Media Ventures, LLC. May 30, 2015. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  15. ^ "Stan Van Gundy Coaching Record". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  16. ^ "Willie Green Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 22, 2021.