Saturday, December 24, 2011

2011-2012 NBA Preview #26: New Orleans Hornets

Aloha... Ryan returns with the suddenly overhauled Hornets...

Roster Breakdown (Starters in Bold)
  • PG - Jarrett Jack, Greivis Vasquez, Jerome Dyson
  • SG - Eric Gordon, Marco Belinelli
  • SF - Trevor Ariza, Al-Farouq Aminu, Dejuan Summers
  • PF - Emeka Okafor, Carl Landry
  • C - Chris Kaman, Jason Smith, Brian Butch

General Thoughts

Somebody had to be the worst team right?... and trading the best player the franchise has ever had will definitely torpedo the hopes of a playoff spot. Now, New Orleans didn't get the shaft in the Chris Paul trade (also known as the David Stern fiasco). They got a top shooting guard in the league (Gordon), pretty good center(Kaman) and a lottery pick from a year ago (Aminu). Trevor Ariza, Jarrett Jack and Emeka Okafor are the other starters and all average around 10 points a game and play solid defense. This team doesn't suck in my eyes. I've seen some really talentless teams but against the other teams in the league they just aren't as good as most of them. But that's okay, they really aren't playing for anything at the moment, as they are really looking to the future with high draft picks and clearing payroll. But its always good to have a clear plan... even if the league owns the team and is a huge conflict of interest for the time being.


Um... let's say Eric Gordon. He's the player who made the deal for Chris Paul far easier to make so he's going to have to make good on his talent going forward. While I think he may be a tad injury prone (More knicked up than injury though: 78,62,56 games played the last 3 yrs) but his point averages have gone up each year as well. If he limits his 3-point shooting, his free throw attempts will go up and I think he'll be the quiet force that people haven't seen yet.

Predicted Finish

15th in the West

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