New Orleans Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez is having one of the most unexpected seasons in the NBA this year, raising questions whether his season has been a fluke or if Vasquez is a legit NBA caliber starting point guard. Given Vasquez’s history as a player, it’s safe to assume he is here to stay.
The Memphis Grizzlies drafted Vasquez at the end of the first round in 2010, hoping that Vasquez could develop into a decent back up point to starter Mike Conley. After a unimpressive rookie season where Vasquez played only 12 minutes per game the Grizzlies to trade Vasquez to the rebuilding Hornets straight up for forward Quincy Pondexter, giving Vasquez an opportunity to play more and make an impression on young head coach Monty Williams.
Vasquez took advantage of his opportunity in New Orleans. The scrappy Vasquez played all 66 games for the Hornets last season including 26 starts and averaged 8.9 points and 5.4 assists, all solid numbers for a second year point guard with limited athleticism. Vasquez thrived even further as the Hornets’ starter, averaging 12 points and seven assists giving the Hornets hope that they may have found their point guard of the future.
Now that Vasquez is the clear-cut starter he has taken his game to another level. Vasquez currently ranks third in the NBA with 9.4 assists per game while scoring 13.9 points to go along with it. Vasquez has always had a reputation as an intense player since his days starring for Maryland in the ACC, and he has now parlayed that intensity into a secure role with a promising NBA franchise.