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After 27-win season, Hornets quickly adopt new name and hope for better times ahead

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    New Orleans Hornets head coach Monty Williams reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Wednesday April 17, 2013. Dallas won 99-87. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes) (The Associated Press)

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    New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon (10) shoots against Dallas Mavericks guard Mike James (13) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Wednesday April 17, 2013. Dallas won 99-87. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes) (The Associated Press)

The Hornets haven't waited even a full day after their season-ending loss at Dallas to announce their formal name-change to the Pelicans.

After a 27-win 2012-13 campaign, the organization was understandably eager to adopt a new identity.

How long it takes for the club to become a winner remains to be seen, but there were several developments this season that bode well for the future, starting with the play of Anthony Davis.

The top overall draft choice in 2012 averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and nearly two blocks. Ryan Anderson, Robin Lopez and Greivis Vasquez made strides, and Eric Gordon finished the season healthy.

Now the offseason brings a pick in the NBA's draft lottery and a free-agency period in which the club will have a lot of spending flexibility.