Unlike last year, when the New Orleans Hornets were preparing for their first post-Chris Paul season, expectations were low and fan hopes were even lower. The fans knew that the product on the court was going to bad, but they probably did not expect a last place finish. The only excitement was for the premier of their new young star, Eric Gordon, which was short lived, as he played in only a handful of games. With Gordon gone, Hornets fans were treated to ugly basketball. However just one year later, there could not be more buzz about the upcoming season and these fans could be treated to something very special this season. It is safe to say that this is a great time to be a Hornets fan.
This is a completely different team with veterans, Chris Kaman, Emeka Okafor, Jarrett Jack and Trevor Ariza gone and although they were all efficient role players the Hornets have replaced them with potential stars in, Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers, a borderline star in Ryan Anderson and a probable franchise center in Robin Lopez. T
he future of the team is much brighter and they now have their star shooting guard Gordon ready for a full season. Gordon, Davis, Rivers, Lopez and Anderson are all signed for at least three years and they now have a core they can build around. They may not have Chris Paul anymore, but they have assembled a very young roster that can grow together and should be in the playoffs in a few years.
After a few years of uncertainty Hornets fans can now say that they have a team on the rise and could become one of the West’s elite in a few years. Gordon is a rising star and should make the All-Star team very soon and Davis comes into the league with as much hype as any rookie in years and has unlimited potential. If he develops as good of an offensive game as he already is defensively, he could be one of the best players in this league. With these two young potential superstars (Gordon and Davis) and a great young cast around them, watch out, because there is no telling how good this team will be. With cap space coming in future, seasons to add pieces and a new owner with big pockets who will keep the team in New Orleans long-term and might help build the fan base, the future is certainly very bright overall.