Drafting Anthony Davis with the first overall pick ensured New Orleans had a future. That is what the top pick in the draft can do, especially one with unbounded talent like Anthony Davis.
A championship roster takes more than just a superstar building block. It takes the patience of putting the right pieces around him and the coach to lead.
This summer New Orleans got its franchise centerpiece in Davis. It wrapped up (begrudgingly) a budding young star in Eric Gordon. It drafted a potential all-star point guard in Austin Rivers. The Hornets brought in a quality role player that could potentially turn up big in sharp-shooting power forward Ryan Anderson.
Those four players form a fine starting point for a team that looks to come out of the Chris Paul trade. Tom Benson has to like his new investment.
New Orleans may not jump into the Playoff race this year. But it certainly seems like the franchise is well on its way.
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