Pelicans Announce Opening Night Roster for 2023-24 NBA Season

Willie Green, Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, CJ McCollum, Herbert Jones, Jonas Valanciunas, Dyson Daniels

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans have announced their roster for Wednesday night’s 2023-24 season opener in Memphis against the Grizzlies.

The Pelicans have a total of 17 players on the roster, including three two-way contracts, leaving New Orleans with one roster spot available.

2023-24 New Orleans Pelicans Roster

No.PlayerPosHtWtDOBNBA Exp.
15Jose AlvaradoG6-01754/12/19982
11Dyson DanielsG6-72033/17/20031
12Kaiser Gates*F6-822311/8/19960
24Jordan HawkinsG6-51924/29/2002R
14Brandon IngramF6-82109/2/19977
5Herb JonesG/F6-721210/6/19982
13Kira Lewis Jr.G6-21754/6/20013
32E.J. LiddellF6-624212/18/20000
8Naji MarshallF6-72251/24/19983
3CJ McCollumG6-32029/19/199110
25Trey Murphy IIIG/F6-82116/18/20002
22Larry Nance Jr.F6-82421/1/19938
37Matt Ryan*F6-72154/17/19972
0Dereon Seabron*G6-61905/26/20001
17Jonas ValančiūnasC7-02705/6/199211
1Zion WilliamsonF6-62857/6/20003
40Cody ZellerC6-1124710/5/199210

*Two-Way Player

Head Coach: Willie Green (Third Season, 78-86)

Associate Head Coach: James Borrego

Assistant Head Coaches: Jarron Collins, Ryan Frazier, Casey Hill, Aaron Miles, Fred Vinson

Continuity Is Key

The Pelicans return 13 players from last season’s roster, and will have their starting five in place for the second consecutive season for the first time since the days of Chris Paul, David West, and Tyson Chandler.

New Orleans starting lineup of Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, CJ McCollum, Herbert Jones, and Jonas Valanciunas appeared in only 10 games together during the 2022-23 season. Those 10 games were tantalizing, with the quintet posting an offensive rating of 118.1, a 111.9 defensive rating, with an overall net rating of 6.3 in 113 total minutes.

The Pelicans will be hoping for at least six times as many starts out of them this season.

The Bench Will Be Tested Early

The bench will be without its leading scorer, as Trey Murphy III continues his recovery from a torn meniscus in his left knee. Murphy hopes to retun in mid-to-late November. Last season Murphy was one of the most improved players in the NBA, nearly tripling his scoring average from his rookie season (5.4 to 14.5 ppg), and was one of the league’s deadliest outside shooters (40.6 3P%).

Forward Naji Marshall is also out for the start of the season with bone bruise on his right knee that he suffered during the preseason. Marshall is expected to be reevaluated at the end of the month.

The statuses of key reserves Jose Alvardo, Larry Nance Jr., and Cody Zeller, have yet to be determined. All three were unable to play in the preseason.

Opportunities for the Next Man Up

With some players sidelined and others possibly needing time to round into form, there are opportunities for others on the bench to make an impact.

The Pelicans drafted Jordan Hawkins and recently signed Matt Ryan to help with outside shooting. Guards Dyson Daniels and Kira Lewis Jr. had their moments in the preseason and will have a chance to earn minutes with their defensive tenacity and offensive potential.

Coaching Additions

One of the biggest offseason moves was the addition of James Borrego as Associate Head Coach. Borrego should be a strong voice in the locker room and is charged with improving the Pelicans offense.


The New Orleans Pelicans announced early Tuesday afternoon that Jose Alvarado is still experiencing discomfort in his right ankle and will be unavailble for the start of the season. Alvarado will be re-evaluated in two weeks.


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