New Orleans Horents Game 1 Star: Greivis Vasquez
Stats: 8 points, 6 rebounds, 13 assists, 50% shooting, 37 minutes, 2 Turnovers, -5 +/-
Although Anthony Davis had a very good opening game, starting point guard, Greivis Vasquez shined for the New Orleans Hornets. Point guard was considered the team’s biggest weakness with Austin Rivers not ready for the role and Vasquez considered a good player, but not good enough to be the starter on a playoff team. However, he was in absolute control of the offense, creating numerous easy buckets for his teammates. He was fantastic with the ball, getting whatever he wanted and finding the open teammate every time.
He will never be an outstanding scorer, but he showed a nice pull-up midrange jumper. However, despite a lack of points, he did what every point guard should do, look for his teammates first and he did that all game long and made the game much easier for the rest of his team. He was simply a dominant floor general all game long and the team would not have been in the game with the Spurs without his steady play.
Although the Hornets did lose to the San Antonio Spurs, Vasquez was not to blame. If he keeps up racking up assists, limiting turnovers and being an efficient scorer, he may prove to be the franchise point guard the team sorely needs, and the one that nobody thought that they had. The future is not known for Vasquez and his long-term standing in New Orleans, but he had a great game and for now, the Hornets seem to have their starting point guard at least for this year.
The Hornets had no business staying in this game against a much better opponent, as they only lost by a few points. The fact that they played so well without their top option on offense, Eric Gordon, means that every player pulled their weight, which was because of the passing of and point guard skills of point guard, Greivis Vasquez, the Hornets’ top player in their first match.