The New Orleans Pelicans are playing at a historically fast pace

The right personnel is needed to play at a fast pace in the NBA. For a team to play with high tempo, it must boast speedy guards, athletic wings and good team rebounding.

A team filled with youth, the New Orleans Pelicans are one of few squads that are built to run.

Lonzo Ball can race up the floor in an instant, and so can Zion Williamson, one of the most athletic players the league has seen in the past five years. The Pelicans rank eighth in defensive rebounds per game (35.8), and with them gaining possession from the glass, they can get out on the break easier and faster.

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