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2012/13 NBA Team Rankings & Previews: #22 New Orleans Hornets

#22 – New Orleans Hornets

2011/12 Record: 21-45, no playoffs

2012/13 Projected Record: 35-47, no playoffs  

Key Additions:

Anthony Davis – Power Forward/Center
Austin Rivers – Point Guard/Shooting Guard
Ryan Anderson – Small Forward/Power Forward
Hakim Warrick – Power Forward
Robin Lopez – Center

Key Departures:

Trevor Ariza – Small Forward
Emeka Okafor – Power Forward/Center
Gustavo Ayon – Center
Jarrett Jack – Point Guard
Marco Belinelli – Shooting Guard
Chris Kaman – Center
Carl Landry – Power Forward

Depth Chart:

Point Guard: Greivis Vasquez, Austin Rivers
Shooting Guard: Eric Gordon, Xavier Henry
Small Forward: Ryan Anderson, Al-Farouz Aminu
Power Forward: Anthony Davis, Hakim Warrick
Center: Robin Lopez, Jason Smith

The X Factor:

Anthony Davis

How quickly things get turned around in New Orleans will directly correlate with how quickly Anthony Davis becomes a force at both ends of the court in the NBA (the defensive end of the floor is pretty much a lock).  But have no fear – we believe in the brow.


How’s that for a housecleaning?  Seven key members of last year’s Hornets squad have been shown the door, and in their stead stand a group of young, hungry ballers.  30-year-old Hakim Warrick is the oldest of the player’s in our depth chart above – the next oldest is 25-year-old Greivis Vasquez.  With Eric Gordon filling it up from the outside, and Anthony Davis swatting shots and finishing alley oops, this is going to be a fun group to watch for years to come.

NBA Preseason Power Rankings

#23 – Washington Wizards
#24 – Toronto Raptors
#25 – Sacramento Kings
#26 – Phoenix Suns
#27 – Houston Rockets
#28 – Detroit Pistons
#29 – Orlando Magic
#30 – Charlotte Bobcats

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