With the loss of Solomon Hill for six to eight months, should the New Orleans Pelicans look inward to one of their own players to take his place? Many are saying E’Twaun Moore could be the solution.
For the 2016-17 season, E’Twaun Moore averaged 9.6 PPG, 2.1 RPG, and 2.2 AST while shooting an effective 45.7% from the field. These are pretty decent numbers for him. He started 22 out 73 games as well, showing that he’s capable of being durable over the course of a long season.
For the majority of last season, Moore played at the shooting guard position rather than small forward. This was because of the presence of Solomon Hill and Dante Cunningham.
Now, with Hill out with a torn hamstring and Cunningham remaining unsigned, there is a huge void at the three. Currently, the only players available to fill in at that position are Darius Miller and Jalen Jones. The need for the Pelicans to have suitable wing next to Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins is borderline critical.
Though E’Twaun is quite serviceable as a spot starter at the small forward position, he is not the long-term answer. As Gentry stated in his interview recently, the Pelicans are in need of a player that can match up with West’s best in Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and others.
In addition, be competent on the offensive end by providing scoring from the perimeter while being interchangeable at the two, three and four spots. Moore’s best position is staying stay at shooting guard while splitting time at the point.
Even though he has the ability to play small forward, it wouldn’t be in the best interest of the team to start him there. As for how the roster is currently constructed, having him backup Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday would prove to be more beneficial especially for what appears to be a bench still being retooled.
Look for E’Twaun to play primarily at shooting guard while being at small forward only during certain matchups.