Mounting Losses Put New Orleans Hornets In Good Position for a High Lottery Pick

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The New Orleans Hornets continued their losing ways Monday against the Golden State Warriors, dropping their fourth straight game and eighth in their last 10. But with every Hornets loss, the team improves their chances of securing a high lottery pick in this year’s NBA draft to continue rebuilding their roster for the future.

The Hornets have holes at the wing positions their roster that need to be filled and they could use more youth to compliment future star Anthony Davis. Greivis Vasquez has been a pleasant surprise as a cheap, serviceable option at point guard, and before suffering a broken hand Austin Rivers was beginning to play with more confidence. Eric Gordon has been his usual source of perimeter offense. Even center Robin Lopez has played well as a starter.

The biggest vacancy of talent on the roster appears to be a small forward and luckily for New Orleans there will be a plethora of options available in this year’s draft, including UCLA star freshman forward Shabazz Muhammad, Anthony Bennett from UNLV, Georgetown‘s Otto Porter and athletic guard/forward Victor Olidapo from Indiana.

As long as New Orleans secures a top-five draft slot for this season they should have their choice of a number of talented wing players that would all be great additions to the Hornets’, or Pelicans, as they will be known starting next season. Putting a versatile wing in the front court next to Davis will give the Hornets a solid young nucleus to led them back to the playoffs in the near future.

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