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 David West  USA PF Xavier
2003 2 48 James Lang  USA PF/C Central Park Christian (H.S.)
2004 1 18 J. R. Smith  USA SG St. Benedict's (H.S.)
2004 2 44 Tim Pickett  USA SG Florida State
2005 1 4 Chris Paul  USA PG Wake Forest
2005 2 33 Brandon Bass  USA PF LSU
2006 1 12 Hilton Armstrong  USA PF/C Connecticut
2006 1 15 Cedric Simmons (from Milwaukee)[i]  USA PF North Carolina State
2006 2 43 Marcus Vinicius  BRA SF Objetivo São Carlos (Brazil)
2007 1 13 Julian Wright  USA SF Kansas
2007 2 43 Adam Haluska  USA SG Iowa
2008 1 27 Darrell Arthur (traded to Memphis via Portland)[j]  USA PF Kansas
2009 1 21 Darren Collison  USA PG UCLA
2010 1 11 Cole Aldrich (traded to Oklahoma City)  USA C Kansas
2011 2 45 Josh Harrellson (traded to New York)  USA PF/C Kentucky
2012 1 1 Anthony Davis  USA PF/C Kentucky
2012 1 10 Austin Rivers (from Minnesota via L.A. Clippers)  USA PG Duke
2012 2 46 Darius Miller (from Dallas via Washington)  USA SF Kentucky
2013 1 6 Nerlens Noel (traded to Philadelphia)  USA PF/C Kentucky
2015 2 56 Branden Dawson (from Memphis, traded to L.A. Clippers)  USA SF Michigan State
2016 1 6 Buddy Hield  BAH SG Oklahoma
2016 2 39 David Michineau (from Denver via Philadelphia, traded to L.A. Clippers)  FRA PG Élan Chalon (France)
2016 2 40 Diamond Stone (from Sacramento, traded to L.A. Clippers)  USA PF/C Maryland
2017 2 40 Dwayne Bacon (traded to Charlotte)  USA SG Florida State
2017 2 52 Edmond Sumner (from Washington. traded to Indiana)  USA PG Xavier
2018 2 51 Tony Carr (previously from Chicago via New Orleans, Miami, and New Orleans)  USA PG Penn State


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