21. New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson almost singlehandledly revolutionizes the Pelicans. We admit that. But they still deserve a place on this list for historic reasons. In 16 seasons, they have only posted a winning record seven times. For those who are bad at math, that means their overall record as a franchise is a losing one. Meanwhile, they’ve also had the problem of struggling to make people care about them.
The former Charlotte Bobcats are an oddity in a football-mad city. Rebranding as the Pelicans didn’t help their identity either because it’s possibly the least intimidating bird they could have chosen other than the puffin. However, the addition of one of the most exciting young players in recent memory in Williamson could encourage change in New Orleans. We’ll see if he can be to the ‘Big Easy’ as LeBron was to Cleveland.