New Orleans Pelicans draft history

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Anthony Davis was the Pelicans' first overall pick in 2012.

The New Orleans Pelicans are an American professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. They play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Pelicans were established as the New Orleans Hornets in the 2002–03 season when then-owner of the Charlotte Hornets, George Shinn, relocated the franchise to New Orleans.[1] During the 2005–07 period, the Hornets played 71 games in Oklahoma City due to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.[2] The team officially changed its name to the New Orleans Pelicans on April 18, 2013.


Abbreviation Meaning Abbreviation Meaning
Nat Nationality Pos Position
G Guard PG Point guard
SG Shooting guard F Forward
SF Small forward PF Power forward
C Center    


Draft Round Pick Player Nat Pos College/High School/Club
2003 1 18 West, DavidDavid West  USA PF Xavier
2003 2 48 Lang, JamesJames Lang  USA PF/C Central Park Christian (H.S.)
2004 1 18 Smith, J. R.J. R. Smith  USA SG St. Benedict's (H.S.)
2004 2 44 Pickett, TimTim Pickett  USA SG Florida State
2005 1 4 Paul, ChrisChris Paul  USA PG Wake Forest
2005 2 33 Bass, BrandonBrandon Bass  USA PF LSU
2006 1 12 Armstrong, HiltonHilton Armstrong  USA PF/C Connecticut
2006 1 15 Simmons, CedricCedric Simmons (from Milwaukee)[i]  USA PF North Carolina State
2006 2 43 Vinicius, MarcusMarcus Vinicius  BRA SF Objetivo São Carlos (Brazil)
2007 1 13 Wright, JulianJulian Wright  USA SF Kansas
2007 2 43 Haluska, AdamAdam Haluska  USA SG Iowa
2008 1 27 Arthur, DarrellDarrell Arthur (traded to Memphis via Portland)[j]  USA PF Kansas
2009 1 21 Collison, DarrenDarren Collison  USA PG UCLA
2010 1 11 Aldrich, ColeCole Aldrich (traded to Oklahoma City)  USA C Kansas
2011 2 45 Harrellson, JoshJosh Harrellson (traded to New York)  USA PF/C Kentucky
2012 1 1 Davis, AnthonyAnthony Davis  USA PF/C Kentucky
2012 1 10 Rivers, AustinAustin Rivers (from Minnesota via L.A. Clippers)  USA PG Duke
2012 2 46 Miller, DariusDarius Miller (from Dallas via Washington)  USA SF Kentucky
2013 1 6 Noel, NerlensNerlens Noel (traded to Philadelphia)  USA PF/C Kentucky
2015 2 56 Dawson, BrandenBranden Dawson (from Memphis, traded to L.A. Clippers)  USA SF Michigan State
2016 1 6 Hield, BuddyBuddy Hield  BAH SG Oklahoma
2016 2 39 Michineau, DavidDavid Michineau (from Denver via Philadelphia, traded to L.A. Clippers)  FRA PG Élan Chalon (France)
2016 2 40 Stone, DiamondDiamond Stone (from Sacramento, traded to L.A. Clippers)  USA PF/C Maryland
2017 2 40 Bacon, DwayneDwayne Bacon (traded to Charlotte)  USA SG Florida State
2017 2 52 Sumner, EdmondEdmond Sumner (from Washington. traded to Indiana)  USA PG Xavier


  • h On July 12, 2006, the Hornets traded the draft rights to Andrew Betts to the Indiana Pacers for Peja Stojaković and cash considerations.[3]
  • i On October 26, 2005, the Hornets traded Jamaal Magloire to the Milwaukee Bucks for Desmond Mason, a 2006 first-round pick (#15 overall pick), and cash considerations.[3]
  • j On June 27, 2008, the Hornets traded the draft rights to Darrell Arthur to Portland Trail Blazers for cash considerations.[4]


  • "HORNETS: Hornets Draft History". Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  1. ^ Foster, Mary (2002-05-10). "Owners approve Hornets' move to New Orleans". Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  2. ^ Colston, Chris (2008-07-11). "Okla. City making changes on fly for former Sonics franchise". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  3. ^ a b "2007–08 Media Guide: All-time Transactions" (PDF). New Orleans Hornets. p. 137. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-12-25. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  4. ^ Reid, John. "Hornets select Arthur on behalf of Blazers". The Times-Picayune. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
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