After FINALLY answering the CP3 question, a lot better than Orlando did, the Hornets got Eric Gordon to build around, and some quality players, but Gordon goes down with injury, the Hornets get 2 top 10 picks and a new owner, shedding the WORST OWNER in sports (don’t get me started)
I’m sorry New Orleans. Boogie Benson is good at one thing, threatening to leave. If the Hornets don’t fill that 17K arena, and soon, they will be gone. The only reason the Saints aren’t gone is Katrina. Benson is cheap, but he doesn’t meddle, and generally does what he’s told by the NFL, and Stern makes Tags look like Goddell when it comes to clamping down.
But let’s get to the court.
Free Agent Acquisitions:
Robin Lopez I love this guy! I put out on twitter (@ncshvdavid) Diaw and No1 for Robin Lopez- who says no? Lopez isn’t close to his brother in scoring, but the guy is almost a taller Popeye Jones. If he doesn’t get 9 boards a game, I’ll be stunned.
Ryan Anderson: 6’10 three point shooter who can move inside if he has to (and you have a lead) can give you some fouls without hurting you too badly.
Hakeem Warrick: decent scorer, but bench guy all the way.
Free Agent Losses
Still miss LA? Reminds me of when the Raiders used to buy the Super Bowl MVPs every year. Good Money finally gone. Not saying I didn’t like the guy, but helped waste CP3 in Nawlins.
Chris Kaman: If you were trying to win, this is awful, rebuilding? Good, so I’m putting it here. Kaman is a rebounder who really is going to get in the way here as Davis learns what an offense is in the pros.
Draft / Trades
Traded G Jerome Dyson, C Brad Miller and two undisclosed second-round draft picks to Minnesota for cash. Minnesota will send F Wesley Johnson to Phoenix, who will send C Robin Lopez and F Hakim Warrick to New Orleans
Anthony Davis– Number 1 overall pick, and smart, both on and off the court. I really like this kid, despite him being a KU one and doner. I’m going to give you his ceiling.
High post PF who is going to end up playing the center on both ends on the floor, and always on one-half. I’m old enough to remember Duncan at Wake Forest, and take away his seriousness (and his jump shot) and you have Davis. Had Davis had a better coach who made him work on his jumper- you have Duncan 2.0 I don’t think there is a chance he fails, and I think he plays for a decade, even if his worst case senario is a skinny Amare Stoudamire.
Austin Rivers– Him? Not so much. Duke bias aside, I just don’t see him that much of a NBA starter. I think he plays well, maybe even makes the All-Rookie team, but next year, the coaches have figured out his game.
This is going to be a fun year, there are a ton of new parts, but Eric and the ‘Brow can start on 25 of the teams in the NBA. Not many teams can say that after the year after trading a guy that can start for 30 teams. I look for a solid season that is going to say a lot about Monty Williams. I’ll go low 30s in wins.
C Anthony Davis Robin Lopez
PF Ryan Anderson Jason Smith Hakim Warrick
SF Al-Farouq Aminu Darius Miller Lance Thomas
SG Eric Gordon Xavier Henry Roger Mason
PG Austin Rivers Greivis Vasquez
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