I know. The title scares me too. The idea of the New Orleans Hornets being a halfway decent team is laughable. Or rather, was laughable a month ago. Look how far they’ve come.
At first I figured they might be respectable when I heard that they drafted Anthony Davis. After all, he was the first round pick in this year’s draft for a reason. Quite simply, that boy and his uni-brow can ball. That’s all fine and good for New Orleans. It’s nice that they have a decent player since the whole Chris Paul fiasco. After all, the only bright spot on their roster was Eric Gordon, and he only played 9 games the whole season.
Next they drafted Austin Rivers. This time I was a little less excited. I thought a hurting team like the Cavaliers or Bobcats deserved a player like Rivers. Surely the addition of Rivers wouldn’t have that great of an impact. At the very best, maybe they could put the Hornets over .500 and restore a little dignity to an otherwise terrible team.
But for the Hornets, the fun just never stops. Gordon is yet to leave for another team, and Chris Kaman has expressed interest in sticking around for another Mardi Gras. Recently, the Orlando Magic sent Forward Ryan Anderson to the Hornets as well. Then, I started to get nervous. What would a team that was once terrible turned good do for the league? Could you imagine the hilarity and irony that would ensue if the Hornets beat the Heat or the Bulls at any point in the season? Suddenly, things are getting a little scary. Do the Hornets actually have a Big 3?
Eric Gordon has proved himself to play on an elite level achieved by few other young stars. If Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers turn out to get along well, the Hornets could be sitting on top of a marketing and win percentage goldmine. My only concern is for the good folks in New Orleans. They will be so overwhelmed when the hornets start winning more than 25 games in a season, they simply won’t know what to do with themselves.
If all goes perfectly for the Hornets, they could be looking at some postseason action. Yes! The Hornets in the playoffs! What a concept! All joking aside, be very wary of the New Orleans Hornets, NBA. They could be back and better than ever before we know it.