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2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews: New Orleans Hornets

Posted by Neil Paine on October 25, 2010

Welcome to our 2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews, in which we contact the finest team bloggers on the web and ask them to contribute their thoughts on the squad they cover. What follows is their take, along with the team's depth chart (courtesy of ESPN.com), projected 2011 stats via our Simple Projection System, and polls where you get to have your say. Enjoy!

New Orleans Hornets

Coach: Monty Williams

2010 Summary:
Record: 37-45, Finished 5th in NBA Southwest Division
Pythagorean W-L: 34-48 (20th of 30)
SRS: -2.27 (20th of 30) ▪ Pace Factor: 92.6 (15th of 30)
Offensive Rating: 107.4 (18th of 30) ▪ Defensive Rating: 110.1 (21st of 30)

2011 Depth Chart (with 2010-11 projected per-36 minute stats ... yellow = newcomer)

Pos Player Age PTS TRB AST STL BLK TOV FG% 3PM 3P% FT%
PG Chris Paul 25 19.5 4.6 10.1 2.3 0.2 2.5 0.501 1.0 0.392 0.858
PG Jerryd Bayless 22 16.7 3.6 4.6 0.8 0.2 2.6 0.423 0.8 0.325 0.829
PG Curtis Jerrells 23
SG Marco Belinelli 24 15.3 3.3 3.1 1.4 0.2 2.0 0.428 1.9 0.391 0.821
SG Marcus Thornton 23 20.3 4.3 2.3 1.1 0.3 1.5 0.461 2.2 0.383 0.815
SG Willie Green 29 14.6 3.0 3.3 0.9 0.3 1.5 0.446 1.0 0.330 0.795
SF Trevor Ariza 25 14.4 5.9 3.5 1.9 0.5 2.0 0.419 1.6 0.337 0.675
SF Peja Stojakovic 33 14.5 4.4 1.6 0.9 0.1 1.0 0.405 2.4 0.380 0.887
SF Quincy Pondexter 22
PF David West 30 18.8 7.5 2.6 0.8 0.8 2.1 0.490 0.1 0.270 0.867
PF Jason Smith 24 11.4 7.3 1.9 1.1 1.4 1.9 0.449 0.5 0.352 0.706
PF Joe Alexander 24 13.9 6.0 2.5 0.9 1.2 2.3 0.429 0.8 0.352 0.724
PF Pops Mensah-Bonsu 27
C Emeka Okafor 28 13.7 11.0 0.9 0.8 1.8 1.8 0.537 0.0 0.345 0.580
C Aaron Gray 26 12.2 10.6 2.6 0.9 1.0 2.2 0.495 0.2 0.350 0.656
C Didier Ilunga-Mbenga 30 11.8 7.7 1.6 0.9 2.6 1.8 0.463 0.2 0.344 0.623

2010-11 Blogger Outlook by Ryan Schwan, hornets247.com

Strengths:

  • Point guard play. Even with no backup at the point other than Willie Green and maybe Marco Belinelli, Chris Paul will make this a position of strength.
  • Ball Control. Though recent import Ariza has his issues holding onto the ball, the other major rotation players simply do not turn the ball over. Paul, Thornton, West, Peja, Bellinelli – they all were above average at holding onto the rock last season.
  • Lowered Expectations. No one expects anything from the Hornets this year. Even the team itself is purely focusing on gelling and getting better. The last time that happened, they won 56 games.

Weaknesses:

  • Rebounding. Okafor, Gray and Paul are above average rebounders. No one else is. With only the centers and point guards grabbing boards, the Hornets are always in a deficit.
  • Interior defense. The Hornets upgraded their perimeter defense this year, but they didn’t address the major problems they had on the inside last year at all. When players reach the paint, expect easy looks.
  • The bench. Marcus Thornton will be good if he reprises the role he played last year, but Willie Green, Jason Smith, Peja Stojakovic, and Aaron Gray aren’t going to strike fear into anyone’s heart.

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