Vitals: 7-foot-2, 248 pounds
Last season: 6.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg in 68 games
What’s new? Ajinca never has played on a team that was trying to push the pace. That figures to be an adjustment, but he says he can run.
Vitals: 6-10, 240
Last season: 13.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg in 61 games
What’s new? His diet. Famously a foodie, Anderson worked to slim down and shape up and said he can tell a difference in conditioning.
Vitals: 7-0, 255
Last season: 7.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg in 76 games
What’s new? The team’s biggest player is, believe it or not, returning to his roots in an up-tempo system. In Asik’s two seasons in Houston, the Rockets were first and fifth in the NBA in pace.
Vitals: 6-9, 225
Last season: 4.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg in 63 games
What’s new? Babbitt got a little stronger — the better to play some power forward — and shed some weight atop his head, opting for a close-cropped haircut over last season’s long locks.
Vitals: 6-2, 175
Last season: 7.6 ppg, 3.4 apg in 75 games with Miami and New Orleans
What’s new? Cole’s start will be delayed. He’s working his way back from a high ankle sprain that has him out indefinitely.
Vitals: 6-8, 230
Last season: 5.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg in 66 games
What’s new? Security. Cunningham joined the Pelicans in December, then signed a three-year, $9 million contract in the offseason after playing for four teams in five seasons.
Vitals: 6-10, 253
Last season: 24.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg in 68 games
What’s new? A 3-point shot. Already one of the league’s best, Davis — who was 3-of-27 from 3-point range in his first three seasons — was 7-of-13 from behind the arc in the preseason.
Vitals: 6-6, 220
Last season: 16.6 ppg, 6.6 apg, 5.3 rpg in 79 games
What’s new? Arthroscopic knee surgery, for starters. When Evans returns (likely in six to eight weeks) he’ll be playing in the fastest-tempo system he’s played in the NBA, which should showcase his open-court talents.
Vitals: 6-6. 225
Last season: 4.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg in 54 games with Portland and Denver
What’s new? His team, but that’s not new. Since 2009, Gee has been signed, released, traded or assigned to the D-League 18 times.
Vitals: 6-4, 215
Last season: 13.4 ppg, 3.8 apg in 61 games
What’s new? Gordon makes his debut in an up-tempo system, which he tried to do sooner. As a restricted free agent in 2012, he signed an offer sheet with Phoenix and then-coach Alvin Gentry.
Vitals: 6-4, 205
Last season: 14.8 ppg, 6.9 apg, 3.4 rpg in 40 games
What’s new? Caution. As Holiday recovers from a stress reaction in his right leg, the Pelicans will limit his minutes, hoping he’ll play more than the 37 games he’s averaged in two seasons here.
Vitals: 6-10, 270
Last season: 3.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg in 68 games with Oklahoma City and Cleveland
What’s new? Perkins’ presence. He’s regarded around the NBA as a top-notch locker-room guy.
Vitals: 6-6, 225
Last season: 7.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg in 75 games
What’s new? Stability. Pondexter arrived in January via trade and, after shooting 23.3 percent from 3-point range in Memphis, he made 43.3 percent on 3s with the Pelicans.
Vitals: 5-9, 180
Last season: 5.7 ppg, 2.3 apg in 42 games with Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers
What’s new? Robinson is. He signed two weeks before the opener and finds himself thrust into a position where he’ll likely play key minutes early with injuries to Evans and Cole.
Vitals: 6-0, 175
Last season: 3.7 ppg, 3.3 apg in 55 games with Oklahoma City and Philadelphia
What’s new? His team. Smith is the latest addition to the 15-man roster, picked up Monday after being waived by Washington.