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Carmelo Anthony and 20 Other NBA Stars Who’d Benefit From a Change in Scenery
Chris Paul started his summer by dealing with the trade demand that he may or may not have wanted.
Dealing with the possibilities of changing scenery, finding a new team to lead to the playoffs, or disappointing the fans of New Orleans.
There will be more drama, more rumors, more losses, more struggle, and it will eventually end in Chris Paul leaving New Orleans for greener pastures.
It will happen and I don’t see a situation, other than the Hornets blowing people away next season, that Chris Paul will decide that New Orleans will be his permanent home.
It will either happen in five months or in two years, or somewhere in between.
and that is the only thing we can say for sure.
Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets need to end their relationship and the sooner the better.
The Hornets aren’t getting any better and Chris Paul isn’t getting any younger
So why waste your time?
I hate that last 2 phrases. We are getting better and I hope CP3 leant something from Lebron bad choice…
David West has really fallen from stardom and out of the minds of most NBA fans.
Heck, I didn’t know that West was still averaging 19 points and 7.5 rebounds.Those are near all-star numbers, but it seems that David West has been forgotten and that he is no longer being given the credit he deserves.
Maybe it’s just a case of out of sight out of mind.
The Hornets haven’t been anywhere near the playoffs in a while and that is the only way that the Hornets are going to get national media attention.
If Chris Paul ends up getting a ticket out of town, I wouldn’t be surprised to see David West right on his heels.
and besides, it would be best for all parties involved.
Damn, they hit us twice in this list…. Grrrrrr. “The Hornets haven’t been anywhere near the playoffs in a while a…” Â·$%Â·$% him, one year out of playoffs and thats a while? ask Knicks fans how it feel to have their last playoff win 10 years ago.
Down to The Wire: The Top 10 NBA Buzzer Beating Game Winners of All Time
Nothing here, but i hoped to see Zo buzzer versus boston. =(
Carmelo Anthony to The New Jersey Nets? A Look at What Teams Can Offer
some extract here that talks about Paul:
Others include theÂ future teaming ofÂ Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, and Chris Paul in New York or both players teaming with Brook Lopez in New Jersey if theÂ Nets or Knicks were to acquireÂ Anthony via trade.Â TheseÂ ”sources,” however, fail to describes how Paul would be acquired when neither team would have the cap space to acquire both stars unless both were to take a major pay cut.Â Despite the triumvirate in Miami reportedly willing to do so in order to play together, it is highly unlikely both Paul and Anthony would be willing to do the same considering the taxes both players would have to pay in New York that aren’t paid by the Super Friends in Miami.
This was shorter this time, hope that in the nexts weeks with camp opening we’ll have more news regarding basketball than trades, disgrunted players and all that Â·$%$.
All of the above from http://bleacherreport.com, cant remember all of the link, and just saw this one:
2010-11 NBA Predictions: Which Second-Year Player Will Make the Biggest Leap?
5. Marcus Thornton
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2010 Stats: 25.6 minutes, 14.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, .8 steals, 45.1 FG%, 37.4 3PT%, 81.4 FT%
Even though Thornton came off the bench in 56 of 73 games, he still put up nearly 15 points per game and was one of the league’s biggest surprises. Widely considered the best second-round value of 2009, he averaged 19.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.8 three-pointers as a starter in New Orleans’ final 11 games.
His scoring explosion came after the All-Star break; he hit double-digit point totals in 28 of 29 games to finish the season.Â He started to scratch the surfaceÂ while Chris Paul missed time with an injury, but his success down the stretch playingÂ with the star point guard showed that he wasn’t just getting points in garbage-time.
New Orleans was so satisfied with Thornton’s play in the second half of the season that they shipped off last year’s start at SG (Mo Peterson) to Oklahoma City in exchange for a few draft picks (well, that and they wanted to free up some cap space as well).
This year, he’ll likely be inserted into the starting lineup. If he plays 35 minutes a game, he’d be on pace to average 19.8 points and 4.0 rebounds a game.
He’s the ideal shooting guard to play with Paulâ€”someone who can spot up and hit three-pointers consistently but also get his shot off playing one-on-one and take a little pressure off of Paul’s ball-handling duties.
New Orleans is young and Thornton won’t have many challengers at his position. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him improve even more this season, even if his numbers are just ever-so-slightly inflated because of Paul.
4. Darren Collison
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2010 Stats: 27.8 minutes, 12.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 47.7 FG%, 40.0 3PT%, 85.1 FT%
The Hornets might have had the most successful draft in 2009, nabbing Thornton in the second round with the 43rd pick and taking Collison at No. 21.
Collison was at his best in the 25 games that Chris Paul missed from late-January to mid-March, averagingÂ 19.3 points, 9.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.1 steals in that time. Thanks to an offseason trade, he’s taking his talents to Indiana where he’ll assume the starting point guard role from Earl Watson.
Quietly, the Pacers have a team with offensive firepower at most positions. He’ll definitely have an impact on Danny Granger, who has a similar scoring set as Marcus Thornton, only much more potent. Granger has been forced to carry the scoring load the last couple of years and having a reliable point guard that can run a halfcourt offense will take some pressure off him.
They added Lance Stephenson, who despite his offseason legal problems had a terrific Summer League debut, averaging 14.8 points on a whopping 73.3 percent from the field.
Paul George, Brandon Rush, and Mike Dunleavy are all capable outside shooters, and while Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansbrough certainly aren’t great one-on-one scorers, they can still convert scoring chances created by Collison’s dribble penetration andÂ the team’s abilityÂ to stretch the floor with three-point threats.
After Miami, Orlando, Boston, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Atlanta, the final two playoff spots in the East are up for grabs. If Collison averages something around 15-16 points, eight or nine assists, and the Pacers win 40 games and sneak into the playoffs, he’ll have to be considered one of the breakout players of the ’09 class.
NBA Pre-Training Camp Power Rankings
#17 New Orleans Hornets
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Yes getting Chris Paul to be healthy the whole season will definitely help them. But also getting Trevor Ariza will help. Ariza is an extremely athletic forward who can throw it down and step out and shoot the three if you need. Then you got David West and Marcus Thornton who are very good players. Probably the playoffs if Paul is healthy the whole season.
Depth Chart:Â http://espn.go.com/nba/teams/depth?team=nor
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