Originally written on Hoops Manifesto  |  Last updated 11/18/14

#22 - New Orleans Hornets

2011/12 Record: 21-45, no playoffs

2012/13 Projected Record: 35-47, no playoffs  

Key Additions:

Anthony Davis - Power Forward/Center
Austin Rivers - Point Guard/Shooting Guard
Ryan Anderson - Small Forward/Power Forward
Hakim Warrick - Power Forward
Robin Lopez - Center

Key Departures:

Trevor Ariza - Small Forward
Emeka Okafor - Power Forward/Center
Gustavo Ayon - Center
Jarrett Jack - Point Guard
Marco Belinelli - Shooting Guard
Chris Kaman - Center
Carl Landry - Power Forward

Depth Chart:

Point Guard: Greivis Vasquez, Austin Rivers
Shooting Guard: Eric Gordon, Xavier Henry
Small Forward: Ryan Anderson, Al-Farouz Aminu
Power Forward: Anthony Davis, Hakim Warrick
Center: Robin Lopez, Jason Smith

The X Factor:

Anthony Davis

How quickly things get turned around in New Orleans will directly correlate with how quickly Anthony Davis becomes a force at both ends of the court in the NBA (the defensive end of the floor is pretty much a lock).  But have no fear - we believe in the brow.


How's that for a housecleaning?  Seven key members of last year's Hornets squad have been shown the door, and in their stead stand a group of young, hungry ballers.  30-year-old Hakim Warrick is the oldest of the player's in our depth chart above - the next oldest is 25-year-old Greivis Vasquez.  With Eric Gordon filling it up from the outside, and Anthony Davis swatting shots and finishing alley oops, this is going to be a fun group to watch for years to come.

NBA Preseason Power Rankings

#23 - Washington Wizards
#24 - Toronto Raptors
#25 - Sacramento Kings
#26 - Phoenix Suns
#27 - Houston Rockets
#28 - Detroit Pistons
#29 - Orlando Magic
#30 - Charlotte Bobcats

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