New Orleans Hornets Offseason Report

Posted: 10/18/2012 by levcohen in Basketball

Key additions: Anthony Davis (draft), Eric Gordon (matched offer sheet), Ryan Anderson (sign-and-trade), Austin Rivers (draft), Darius Miller (draft), Brad Miller (trade)

Key losses: Emeka Okafor (trade), Trevor Ariza (trade), Gustavo Ayon (sign-and-trade), Chris Kaman (FA), Jarrett Jack (FA), Marco Belinelli (FA)

Grade: A

It was partly luck, but the Hornets had an amazing offseason. The luck I’m referring to is the fact that they got the #1 overall pick. The Bobcats had a much greater chance to win the draft lottery and get the pick, but the Hornets got lucky, and got the rights to Anthony Davis, who should be a star for years to come. After Davis, the Hornets also had another lottery pick. They used that pick on Austin Rivers, an exciting young combo guard. After the draft, the Hornets matched the offer sheet signed by Eric Gordon, who will be their star player. They then made a great trade, by trading Gustavo Ayon for Ryan Anderson, and subsequently signing Anderson. Overall, the Hornets did a great job this offseason. With a great young duo of Rivers-Davis-Gordon-Anderson and some good young role players, they have a promising future.

Last year’s starting lineup:
PG: Jarrett Jack
SG: Gordon (for the 9 games he was healthy, otherwise Belinelli)
SF: Ariza
PF: Okafor (when healthy, otherwise Jason Smith)
C: Kaman (when healthy, otherwise Ayon)

Projected starting lineup:
PG: Greivis Vasquez
SG: Gordon
SF: Al-Farouq Aminu
PF: Anderson
C: Davis

Roster (usual active 12 in italics)
PG: Greivis Vasquez, Austin Rivers, Brian Roberts, Chris Wright
SG: Eric Gordon, Xavier Henry, Roger Mason Jr.
SF: Al Farouq Aminu, Hakim Warrick, Darius Miller, Dominique Wilkerson
PF: Ryan Anderson, Jason Smith, Lance Thomas
C: Anthony Davis, Robin Lopez, Solomon Alabi

Projected minutes:
PG: Vasquez (28), Rivers (10), Gordon (10)
SG: Gordon (25), Henry (14), Rivers (7), Miller (2)
SF: Aminu (20), Warrick (12), Miller (9), Anderson (7)
PF: Anderson (24), Davis (12), Smith (6), Aminu (4), Thomas (2)
C: Davis (21), Lopez (18), Smith (6), Thomas (3)

Projected minutes for each player:
Gordon: 35
Davis: 33
Anderson: 31
Vasquez: 28
Aminu: 24
Lopez: 18
Rivers: 17
Henry: 14
Warrick: 12
Miller: 11
Smith: 10
Thomas: 5

Last year’s stats for each player:
Gordon (2010-11 stats, 9 games last year): 22 points, 3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.3 steals per game
Anderson: 16 points, 8 rebounds per game
Vasquez: 9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1 steal per game
Aminu: 6 points, 4.5 rebounds per game
Lopez: 5.5 points, 3.5 rebounds per game
Henry: 5.5 points, 2.5 rebounds per game
Warrick: 6.5 points, 2.5 rebounds per game
Smith: 1o points, 5 rebounds, 1 block per game
Thomas: 4 points, 3 rebounds

Each player’s strengths:
Gordon: scoring, shooting, outside shooting, passing
Davis: defense, blocks, low post scoring, outside shooting, rebounds
Anderson: 3 point shooting, rebounding, scoring
Vasquez: passing, defense
Aminu: spot up shooting, rebounding
Lopez: rebounding, depth
Rivers: dynamic, explosive, scoring off the drible
Henry: rebounding
Warrick: low post scoring
Miller: scoring, rebounding, defense
Smith: scoring off the bench, rebounding
Thomas: depth


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