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Examining David Griffin’s first season at the helm of the New Orleans Pelicans

More than any other factor, identity has become the buzzword of the NBA postseason.

I’ve written about the importance of a team having a clear direction and guiding principles on this very site before.

While the four teams in the conference finals are all very different stylistically, each has a clear understanding of what they are and what they are not.

I dont think that’s been said about the New Orleans Pelicans since the end of the 2010-11 season, when Chris Paul left for the West Coast.

When David Griffin was hired as Vice President of Basketball Operations, he got the investment that he sought from franchise owner Gayle Benson in facilities, player development and performance.