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Who Makes the Biggest Impact off the Pelicans Bench

Jake Madison



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Who makes the biggest impact off the Pelicans bench?

Jake: If they Pelicans want to really try and slow down the Kevin Durant, it will have to be Solomon Hill. I’m not exactly optimistic about that happening, though.

Raby: I want it to be Ian Clark because it’s his former team, and judging by the bench contributions all season long, it probably will be. I don’t see Diallo having a great series, and Miller hasn’t been his Hamilton-parody-inspiring self recently. Clark will want to show his old team up, and I think he will in at least two games.

Luis: Darius Miller.I think you’re pretty much picking between DM & Ian Clark for this, and I still think we can get the flash of German Superstar in December Darius Miller.

Jason: Clark is the easy answer because of his past with the Warriors and the fact that he’ll probably mostly be defended by Shaun Livingston or Quinn Cook. I want it to be Darius Miller, but I can see him struggling because the Warriors are absolutely ridiculous on the wings, and he really hasn’t gotten many open looks since the Boogie injury.

Alex: I’m also going with Miller. His defense really picked up in games 3 and 4 against Portland (I don’t think he fouled one person as they were shooting a three) and that will be huge to help this team stay close. The Pels also need someone else to be making shots of the Warriors have Draymond follow Mirotic, Durant on Davis, and Klay on Jrue. While that could be Clark, 3>2 and Miller is more dangerous from deep.

Jermaine: Going in a surprise direction here and saying Diallo. He was limited in his use – and sometimes effectiveness – against Portland, but when he showed flashes he was great. You have to run deep against the Warriors because they’re the Warriors, and our biggest match up advantage against Golden State is in the post. If Diallo can be effective – points here, rebounds there and constant, irritating defense – it’ll give AD precious time to get rest on the bench so he can drop 40-20s like a boss.

Jake J. Madison is the host of the daily Locked on Pelicans podcast. Covering the Pelicans and NBA since 2010, you can catch him on various sports programs around New Orleans and nationally.

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