New Orleans Hornets’ Offense Sputtering Leading Into Off-Season

New Orleans Hornets Offense

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With the season coming to the end and the New Orleans Hornets well out of the NBA Playoffs at 27-54, it’s the time of the year when fans can get excited about the future of the team as they get to see young players get more minutes and see how those young players work with the veterans. For the Hornets, though, there’s not been much positivity about the conclusion to their season.

They’ve played seven games in the month of April and have won only one of them, a contest on April 7 against the atrocious Phoenix Suns. Other than that, they have been one of the worst offensive teams in the month of April, not just in terms of scoring offense, but across the board in offensive statistics.

In April, the Hornets have averaged 93.4 points per game, the seventh worst average in the NBA, and have shot just 42 percent from the field and only 29.8 percent from long range, both of which are the third worst percentages in the league in April. For good measure they are also turning the ball over 14.9 times per game this month, the 11th worst mark in the league.

They have just been atrocious on offense, which is largely due to some of their key players playing very poorly offensively. Eric Gordon, Greivis Vasquez and Ryan Anderson are all shooting 42.1 percent or worse from the field and only Gordon and Brian Roberts are shooting over 35 percent from three-point range. They have had no chemistry when they have the ball and just don’t look like they really care; it’s been rough to watch.

With things not entirely working out for this young team, it feels like there are some major off-season moves coming for New Orleans, like potentially trading Gordon. The Hornets have been inconsistent for most of the season and there have been more bad things than good. Considering that and how they are finishing up their season, some changes are definitely warranted and needed.

Cody Williams is a Senior NBA Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.

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