If you forced him, Alvin Gentry could do it.
Put the Pelicans coach on the spot, and he’s confident he could name every one of the players who spent time on his roster this season.
“It would take a little time,” Gentry said with a laugh. “Obviously, I could name all the guys on the (season-ending) roster, and then I’d have to think of all the guys we had in on 10-day (contracts). I would have to think, because like Orlando Johnson would be somebody that if I rolled through them I might forget.”
Johnson spent 10 days with the Pelicans in March, one of 22 players who at one time or another were on the roster this season. That includes Quincy Pondexter, who never played a game; Nate Robinson, who played for two before he was waived; and Jimmer Fredette, who spent a forgettable 10 days, mostly on the bench.
A look back at the nearly two dozen Pelicans who rounded out the roster and made up 42 different starting lineups in a New Orleans season marred by 32 different injuries and illnesses to 14 different players who missed a combined 351 games:
Averages: 6.1 points, 3 rebounds in 80 games
Started the season: As a starter who quickly slid to the bench and was expected to provide valuable frontcourt minutes, particularly as a versatile power forward.
Memorable moment: Though he finished with just six points and eight rebounds, Cunningham’s defense on LeBron James was integral to New Orleans’ 114-108 win against the Cavaliers on Dec. 4.
Finished the season: As a starter on an injury-ravaged roster who often played out of position. According to Nylon Calculus, Cunningham played 59 percent of his minutes this season at small forward.
Averages: 4.5 points, 3.4 rebounds in 73 games
Started the season: As a new addition to the roster who was intended to help shore up perimeter defense.
Memorable moment: It wasn’t his highest-scoring game, but Gee’s 12-point, six-rebound, three-assist effort in a Jan. 23 home win against Milwaukee probably was his best offensive performance of the season.
Finished the season: Inured. Days after predicting he’d beat the Pelicans’ injury bug, Gee — who hadn’t missed a game to injury all season — injured a right quad muscle on March 28 and missed the final nine games.
Averages: 4 points, 6.1 rebounds in 68 games
Started the season: With a new contract — and a calf strain that caused him to miss five of the first six games.
Memorable moment: On the day the Pelicans announced they were shutting down Anthony Davis for the season, Asik scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the team to a home win against the Clippers on March 20.
Finished the season: With a flourish. Asik, who struggled to find his way offensively most of the season, scored a career-high 24 points in a blowout loss at Minnesota.
Averages: 17 points, 6 rebounds in 66 games
Started the season: On a hot streak. Anderson scored in double figures in 13 of his first 15 games, averaging 19.3 points per game.
Memorable moment: Playing in New Orleans against his hometown Sacramento Kings on Jan. 28, Anderson — starting in place of an injured Anthony Davis — scored 30 of his career-high 36 points in the first half in a 114-105 win.
Finished the season: With a sports hernia that caused him to miss the final 14 games. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Averages: 16.8 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds in 65 games
Started the season: On a minutes restriction as he recovered from a stress reaction, playing 26 minutes or less in his first 15 games and not playing back-to-back games.
Memorable moment: He capped a 26-point, seven-assist game with a game-winning 19-footer with a second left in a 105-103 win over the Nets.
Finished the season: With healthy legs but a bad break. He took a blow to the face March 28 and missed the final nine games with a broken orbital bone that required surgery.
Averages: 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2 blocks in 61 games
Started the season: On the active roster, as a potential candidate for the league’s MVP after a breakout season guiding the Pelicans to the playoffs.
Memorable moment: His 59-point, 20-rebound game at Detroit was the highest-scoring game in the NBA this season until Kobe Bryant scored 60 in his career finale on Wednesday night.
Finished the season: On the inactive list and rehabbing after a procedure on his left knee.
Averages: 8.7 points, 2.6 assists in 61 games
Started the season: Trying to latch on with the Indiana Pacers, who waived him Oct. 26. The Pelicans signed him three days into the season.
Memorable moment: Douglas’ only double-double as a Pelican came in a March 31 win against Denver. He started at point guard and had 20 points and 10 assists.
Finished the season: As a huge piece on a team needing scoring. Douglas averaged 14.6 points and 4.5 assists over his final 20 games, starting 18 and scoring in double figures in 17.
Averages: 6 points, 4.6 rebounds in 59 games
Started the season: As a little-used backup center, playing less than 15 minutes in 11 of his first 16 games.
Memorable moment: Fired up by a pro-Lakers crowd, Ajinca posted career highs in points (28) and rebounds (15) on April 8 in Kobe Bryant’s final game at the Smoothie King Center.
Finished the season: Benched with an ankle injury. But Ajinca had a late 11-game stretch when he averaged 13 points and 7.4 rebounds in 25.3 minutes.
Averages: 7 points, 3.1 rebounds in 46 games
Started the season: With his hair clipped and playing. He averaged 23.8 minutes per game in his first 10 games, starting five. Over the next 49, he averaged 6.4 minutes and didn’t play at all 32 times.
Memorable moment: In a 101-95 win over the Nuggets on March 31, he had 22 points, on a career-high 25 shots, and 10 rebounds.
Finished the season: With long locks and lots of shots, averaging 13.2 points (making 46.9 percent of his 3-pointers) and 28.2 minutes in the final 17 games.
Averages: 10.6 points, 3.7 assists, 3.4 rebounds in 45 games
Started the season: On a tight deadline. Cole re-signed with the team for one year on Sept. 15, just before the start of training camp, then missed the first 17 games with a left ankle sprain.
Memorable moment: He had his ups and downs, but Cole was at his best Feb. 25, when he had 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds in an upset win against Oklahoma City.
Finished the season: Sidelined again, this time with a back injury that forced him to miss the final 20 games.
Averages: 15.2 points, 27 assists in 45 games
Started the season: Healthy and primed for a strong season in a contract year. Gordon made three or more 3-pointers in seven of his first nine games, averaging 20 points.
Memorable moment: In his first game back from the first of two times he fractured his right ring finger, Gordon scored 31 points in a home win against the Timberwolves.
Finished the season: With a bad break. On March 5, Gordon broke his ring finger again. He missed the final 21 games of the season.
Averages: 2.5 points, 3.5 rebounds in 37 games
Started the season: As a veteran presence expected to help guide Anthony Davis as a leader while providing defensive muscle.
Memorable moment: Perkins scored 10 points in a loss to the defending champion Warriors in Oakland on opening night. It wasn’t a sign of things to come. He didn’t score more than eight in a game the rest of the season.
Finished the season: He didn’t play in 20 of 21 games during one stretch, then was forced into action in the final seven games.
Averages: 8.9 points, 5.7 assists in 27 games
Started the season: Backing up John Wall. Smith went through training camp with the Wizards and was waived Oct. 24. Two days later, on the eve of the season opener, the Pelicans signed him.
Memorable moment: Smith had his share of big moments, but the biggest came against the Spurs on Nov. 20, when he had 17 points and 13 assists to help lead the Pelicans to a 104-90 upset and their second win of the season.
Finished the season: With the 76ers, who dealt two second-round picks to the Pelicans on Christmas Eve to acquire Smith. He averaged 14.7 points and seven assists per game for Philadelphia.
Averages: 15.2 points, 5.5 assists, 5.2 rebounds in 25 games
Started the season: In a suit. Evans missed the first 17 games after offseason knee surgery, returning to action Dec. 1.
Memorable moment: Evans might never have had a bigger impact this season than on Dec. 11, when he finished with 27 points and seven assists to lead the Pelicans to a 107-105 home win against the Wizards.
Finished the season: In a suit again. Evans required another knee surgery during the season and missed the final 38 games.
Averages: 13.1 points, 7.5 assists in 16 games
Started the season: In Portland, playing a supporting role for the Trail Blazers. They waived him to create roster space Feb. 18, and on March 16 he signed with the Pelicans after a stint in the D-League (where he was the 2015 MVP).
Memorable moment: In a March 3 win at Brooklyn, Frazier had his first Pelicans double-double, finishing with 19 points and 13 assists as New Orleans won in a rout.
Finished the season: As a strong candidate to return next season. Frazier figures to be in demand as a backup point guard.
Averages: 5.6 points, 3.4 rebounds in 14 games
Started the season: In camp with the Pelicans, with whom he’d played in Summer League, but who waived him on Oct. 24, just before the start of the season. He landed in the D-League.
Memorable moment: In his eighth NBA game and playing on his second 10-day contract, Dejean-Jones had 17 points and nine rebounds in a 99-96 home loss to the Lakers on Feb. 4. On Feb. 19, he signed with the Pelicans for the rest of the season.
Finished the season: Learning to write with his left hand. A week after signing for the season, Dejean-Jones fractured his right wrist. He had surgery and missed the team’s final 26 games.
Averages: 11.4 points, 5.6 rebounds in 11 games
Started the season: In Russia. He played six games for Krasny Oktyabr before joining the D-League’s Rio Grande Vipers in February and signing a 10-day contract in March. Memorable moment: His strong start earned him a contract through the end of the season and included a 14-point game March 30 in San Antonio.
Finished the season: As a major player for the makeshift Pels, averaging 27.6 minutes per game. He’ll become a free agent who figures to get some interest.
Averages: 15.9 points, 3.9 rebounds in nine games
Started the season: In Memphis, where he played 10 games for the Grizzlies. Ennis played 24 games for the NBA D-League’s Iowa Energy before Memphis recalled, then waived him, and he signed a 10-day contract with the Pelicans on March 30.
Memorable moment: Ennis set a career high in back-to-back games, scoring 18 points against the Suns on April 9, then putting up 28 against the Bulls on April 11.
Finished the season: As a scoring threat (he had 28 points in the season finale) with a chance to return to the Pelicans next season.
Averages: 2 points, 1 rebound in five games with New Orleans
Started the season: In the D-League. Johnson played 28 games for the Austin Spurs before signing a 10-day contract with the Suns on Feb. 5. He returned to Austin for two more games before signing a 10-day with the Pelicans on March 9.
Memorable moment: Johnson had five points and three rebounds in his debut as a shorthanded Pelicans team put a scare into the Hornets in Charlotte. He played 20 minutes that night but played 5 or fewer in four of his final five games with New Orleans.
Finished the season: As a free agent with no NBA team.
Averages: 0.5 points, 0.3 assists in four games
Started the season: In training camp with the Spurs, who waived him Oct. 21. He went to the D-League before signing Nov. 10 with the Pels, who waived him 10 days later.
Memorable moment: Not many. Fredette was 1 for 4 in four games with New Orleans, and his only basket came late against Dallas on Nov. 10.
Finished the season: After a brief stint with the New York Knicks, Fredette returned to their D-League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks, for whom he played 40 games this season.
Averages: 0 points, 2 assists in two games
Started the season: In search of a team. Robinson didn’t have a home at the start of training camp and signed with the Pelicans on Oct. 16.
Memorable moment: On Oct. 29, after Robinson had appeared in just two games, the Pelicans released him. He didn’t find another NBA home this season.
Finished the season: In Israel, and with an eye on the NFL. After signing with Hapoel Tel Aviv, the former high school football star said he’d like to give pro football a try.
Averages: No stats
Started the season: Waiting for clearance to play after offseason knee surgery. Speculation had Pondexter returning in December, then January, but the all-clear never came.
Memorable moment: On Jan. 20, the Pelicans announced Pondexter had undergone another surgery on his left knee and that he would miss the remainder of the season.
Finished the season: Optimistic about a return next season. After missing all 82 games, Pondexter said on Twitter this past week he expects the Pelicans to be a top-five team in the West next season.