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New Orleans Hornets Preseason Notes

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Jason Smith Expected Back This Week

- Backup forward/center, Jason Smith has not played yet in the preseason and the New Orleans Hornets need to get him healthy as the sweet shooting big man will be a key piece off of the bench, backing up Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson.

He will most likely be splitting the majority of the Hornets’ big-man bench minutes with free agent center, Robin Lopez. Smith will bring much needed offense off the bench, as he is the top offensive big man in their second unit.

The time missed should not mean much as Smith has played under Monty Williams for a few years, but he will need time to mesh with all of the team’s newer players. Smith is a big part of the bench and his health is very important to the Hornets.

Brian Roberts Is Expected To Make the Team

- Backup combo guard, Brian Roberts was arguably the team’s top player in the Summer League and word has it that the team will keep him around for the season. He is a good scorer, but more importantly, he is a capable point guard. The team does not have much depth behind starter Greivis Vasquez, as only Austin Rivers is the only other capable point guard on the Hornets.

Also it must be noted that Rivers is new to the position and if he struggles, depth will be needed. Roberts may not be on the active roster every game, but he could make a difference if Vasquez and Rivers struggle.

The roster spot is well deserved as Roberts has worked hard and put in the work to be an NBA caliber player. The 29 year old even led the team in points in their first preseason game, scoring 17 and chipping in with 4 assists off of the bench.