List of New Orleans Pelicans seasons

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The New Orleans Pelicans are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. They are members of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The franchise began play during the 2002–03 NBA season following the relocation of the Charlotte Hornets, based in Charlotte, North Carolina. After three seasons in New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina forced the franchise to temporarily relocate to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where they spent two seasons as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. The Hornets returned to New Orleans full-time for the 2007–08 season. The team changed its name to the New Orleans Pelicans at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season.

Led by All-Star Baron Davis, the Pelicans qualified for their first post-season appearance during the 2002–03 season. They lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round. The team earned their first division title during the 2007–08 season, behind the play of All-Stars Chris Paul and David West. Finishing with a franchise-best record of 56 wins and 26 losses, the Hornets won the Southwest Division title over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. They advanced to the Conference Semifinals, where they were defeated by the Spurs in seven games.

In twelve seasons, the Pelicans have compiled an overall record of 513–573. They qualified the playoffs five times, and posted five seasons of forty-one wins or more.[1]


League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Playoff Berth
Season Team League Conference Division Regular Season Postseason results Awards Head Coach
Finish Wins Losses Win% GB
New Orleans Hornets
2002–03 2002–03 NBA Eastern Central 3rd 47 35 .573 3 Lost First Round (76ers) 2–4 Paul Silas
2003–04 2003–04 NBA Eastern Central 3rd 41 41 .500 20 Lost First Round (Heat) 3–4 Tim Floyd
2004–05 2004–05 NBA Western Southwest 5th 18 64 .220 41 Byron Scott
2005–06 2005–06 [A] NBA Western Southwest 4th 38 44 .463 25 Chris Paul (RoY) Byron Scott
2006–07 2006–07 [A] NBA Western Southwest 4th 39 43 .476 28 Byron Scott
2007–08 2007–08 NBA Western Southwest 1st 56 26 .683 Won First Round (Mavericks) 4–1
Lost Conference Semifinals (Spurs) 3–4
Byron Scott (CoY) Byron Scott
2008–09 2008–09 NBA Western Southwest 4th 49 33 .598 5 Lost First Round (Nuggets) 1–4 Byron Scott
2009–10 2009–10 NBA Western Southwest 5th 37 45 .451 18 Byron Scott
Jeff Bower
2010–11 2010–11 NBA Western Southwest 3rd 46 36 .561 15 Lost First Round (Lakers) 2–4 Monty Williams
2011–12 2011–12[B] NBA Western Southwest 5th 21 45 .318 29 Monty Williams
2012–13 2012–13 NBA Western Southwest 5th 27 55 .329 31 Monty Williams
New Orleans Pelicans
2013–14 2013–14 NBA Western Southwest 5th 34 48 .415 28 Monty Williams
2014–15 2014–15 NBA Western Southwest 5th 45 37 .549 11 First Round (Warriors) 0-1 Monty Williams

All-time records[edit]

Statistic Wins Losses Win%
All-time regular season record 498 552 .474
All-time post-season record 15 21 .417
All-time regular and post-season record 513 573 .472

Note: statistics are correct as of April 15, 2015


  • A Due to the catastrophic devastation brought by Hurricane Katrina upon the communities of southeastern Louisiana, the Hornets franchise temporarily relocated their base of operations to Oklahoma City in 2005–06 and 2006–07. During this time, the franchise was known as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.[2]
  • B Due to a lockout, the 2011–12 season did not start until December 25, 2011, and all 30 teams played a shortened 66-game regular season schedule.[3]


  1. ^ "New Orleans Pelicans franchise page". Basketball Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ 2005–06 New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets season
  3. ^ "NBPA History". National Basketball Player's Association. Retrieved August 31, 2008.