Hornets Ten Game Winning Streak Box Score Bomb

Published: January 28, 2011

As the Hornets look ahead to Sacramento in hopes of extending their season high ten game winning streak, we are going to take a look back at how the individual players performed in their previous wins. These are all the typical box score numbers from the past 10 games.

Without further adieu, let’s jump right in.

Hornets player stats during their 10 game winning streak

Hornets player stats during their 10 game winning streak

A note- I’m missing nine points, and can’t figure out where they went. Every number I’ve checked so far in all statistical categories has been correct. Playing time is correct literally to the second. Whenever someone is off by nine in math or accounting it can be reasoned that they switched the last two digits of a number like “23” to “32”, but since I didn’t enter the data manually, that seems unlikely. Crunching this data took a lot longer than I thought it would and I literally can’t stare at spreadsheets any longer, so if you can find where the nine points went before anyone else, you win your choice of either a CP3 or a D-West bobble-head. It shouldn’t be too hard to do, but like I said, my brain can’t take it anymore. Or we can just ignore the nine points and move on with our lives, knowing that they are less than 1% of total points scored. Edit-  Thanks to peronas, the problem has been solved and all data is 100% accurate. He wins the bobble-head!

The Leaders

  • Points per game- David West- 20.4
  • Points per minute- Marcus Thornton- .52
  • Shooting percentage- Emeka Okafor- 61.4
  • Shots made- David West-81 (62% more shots made than anyone else)
  • Free throw percentage- Willie Green, DJ Mbenga- 100%
  • Free throws made- Chris Paul- 47
  • Three point shooting percentage- Jarrett Jack- 54.5
  • Three pointers made- Trevor Ariza- 12
  • Rebounds per game- Okafor- 11.9
  • Rebounds per minute- David Anderson- .38
  • Assists per game- Paul- 9.4
  • Turnovers per game- West- 2.7
  • Assist/TO ratio- Pondexter- 8 to 1 (Paul is 4.48, Ariza is 2.25)
  • Steals per game- Ariza- 2.0
  • Blocks per game- Okafor- 1.7
  • Fouls per game- Okafor- 3.6
  • Minutes per game- Ariza- 38:15 (in 9 games)


First off, let’s just note that all of these number are positive. Not even one single player on the Hornets has had the misfortune of being outscored while on the floor during the ten game winning streak.

Player Minutes Played Plus/Minus
D-West 367:21:00 84
Okafor 358:51:00 113
Belinelli 134:54:00 38
CP3 351:58:00 99
Ariza 344:18:00 63
Thornton 194:21:00 58
Smith 117:36:00 13
Jack 202:15:00 24
Q-Pon 117:16:00 7
Green 178:57:00 9
Mbenga! 50:15:00 2
Anderson 26:23:00 5
Gray 30:35:00 7

So after watching the games, living through the joy, and seeing these numbers, who would you say the MVP of this stretch has been?



  1. Michael McNamara

    January 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Have said it for a while now- Okafor has been the MVP of the team for the last 25-30 games, let alone the past 10. Willing to eat major crow on that, and will continue to eat it as long as he keeps it up.

    Couple things that need to improve- Ariza has got to get to 77-80 percent on his free throws and we need Jason “Napolean Dynamite” Smith to go from suiting up every night to actually being in a suit (i.e., be on the I.R.). 42% over those 10 games from a big? Nearly as many fouls as rebounds? Guy is a 5th big at best. Please Dell get me somebody.

    Other than that, a lot to like and great breakdown Joe. Me likey.

    • Hornet

      January 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      Is Okafor your MVP because if we lose him basically Aaron Gray/Mbenga/Smith are starting or because of his actual play?

      In terms of the last 10 games, I voted Okafor, but 25-30? It’s got to be Paul.

    • Joe Gerrity

      January 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      It’s funny, I’ve had an Okafor is the MVP of the team article in the works for so long now, but the best and most convincing that I can come up with isn’t that he’s so great at defense or rebounding, it’s just that the pieces behind him are relatively so much worse than in the back court.

      I feel like eating crow is becoming a very popular pastime in recent months. The phase has gone from barely used to downright trendy.

  2. peronas

    January 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    It looks like the 9 points is missing from Okafor’s total:

    Jan 26 @ GSW 13pts
    Jan 24 OKC 11pts
    Jan 22 SAS 9pts
    Jan 21 @ ATL 4pts
    Jan 19 MEM 11pts
    Jan 17 TOR 17pts
    Jan 15 @ CHA 10pts
    Jan 14 @ HOU 17pts
    Jan 12 ORL 18pts
    Jan 9 @ DEN 9pts

    Totals out to 119pts I believe rather than 110.

    • Joe Gerrity

      January 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      Ahhhh I missed the Denver game for Okafor somehow! Damnit, that changes everything a little bit. I’ll re-do stuff now. Shoot me an email and joeknowspsorts@gmail.com with your address and preference on bobblehead and I’ll get it out to you right away.


      • Joe Gerrity

        January 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm

        oops- the address is JoeKnowsSports@gmail.com

      • peronas

        January 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm

        Sweet! I thought that might have been the case. Glad to see it’s all worked out now.

        I just sent you an email with my details. Thanks again for the bobblehead.

        As for my MVP it would have to be Okafor for me as well. One of my big concerns with how well the Hornets would matchup against the top tier of teams, were teams that had solid interior players like Howard, Gasol, Bynum, Duncan, etc. I strongly feel that a big reason why we have either beaten these teams or played very competitive against them is because Okafor has stepped up and anchored the Hornets D from the inside. Without him stepping up we not only get destroyed by teams with capable bigs but we give up tons of easy baskets at the rim from opposing guards and wings that are a step quicker than our guys. The number of shots Mek has set back or merely changed during the course of a game could easily account for the deficits in some of the closer games the bees have won.

  3. Calabrone Viola

    January 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    The real MVP been during the winning streak is the team.
    Great group, strong spirit…

  4. Ashrit

    January 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Definitely D-West. Okafor’s defense and CP3’s competitiveness keep this team rolling, but D-West basically dominates the game. In our system, he’s one of the hardest players to guard. If he played in Utah, you’d hear Malone comparisons (not saying he’s nearly that good), but just playing style.

    The biggest thing people forget about the Hornets — everyone knocks our defense as a function of our pace, and then forget that all our offensive stats are also held down by pace. If West plays for a faster team and was more selfish, he could easily put up 23-25 ppg.

    I’m getting really tired of the campaign to get Griffin/Love in the All Star game over West. West scores meaningful buckets in meaningful games and plays actual defense. Griffin is going to be a star but NO player that I can remember has ever made it to the all star game in their first year (Lebron, Wade, Kobe, Durant, CP3, Rose) — why is Griffin the exception?

    • m_W

      January 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      Agreed on all points.

  5. 504ever

    January 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Emeka is my setimental favorite because of him being the only quality player to sign my daughter’s jersey at the SA game Saturday night. (What a game, especially for Emeka.) And the look who is behind him (oh my) argument is strong, too. But, just looking at the statistics, I say it is a three way tie with CP3, West, and Emeka. And look what that says: we have two guys playing as well as our perenial All-Star!!! That’s pretty cool.

    Here is the big shocker. It looks like the next group after those three consists of Ariza and Marcus!!! You look at the stats and you tell me.

  6. JCS

    January 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    When I think of an MVP, I think of a leader who dominates and makes his teammates better. For those reasons and the X-factor that is being clutch, my vote is for Chris Paul.

    • cp3pdx

      January 29, 2011 at 12:40 am

      The fact that we are considering West and Oak for MVP is a testament to how special CP3 is at getting the most out of his teammates

  7. JNR

    January 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I voted for David West, but only because when I think back on any single moment in this streak, West is involved. Whether it’s the game-winner against OKC or the big technical foul in Atlanta, or the huge dunks when he suddenly discovered his vertical again — David West has been behind the big plays that get me excited about basketball. Our team MVP is still CP3, and I’m a little surprised that we don’t hear a campaign about Emeka for Most Improved, but right now I’m going with West.

  8. JaeAmazin

    January 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    The reason its Okafor is because DWest and CP has been doing what we expect from them..Besides some improved D by DWest..Mek has been rather reliable in the post lately..And Defense..Forget about it..Centers are a dying breed in the league right now and im glad to know we got ourselves a Keeper..Even though i cant stand watching TC go 21and12 or something and 11-11ft..Mek has kept my mind off it

  9. Gec

    January 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Is Monty in the “someone else” category? If he is i change my vote from DWest to Monty 😀

  10. Ron

    January 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I posit that there is no MVP because too many players have to play *well* to be a Western Conference .600+ winner.

  11. Joe P

    January 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I think that the top three players in terms of importance are Paul, Oak, and then Ariza and West tied at three. After that there’s a platoon of NBA bench twos, a platoon of NBA scrubby bigs, and a rookie. A good rookie, in that Qpon is an Ariza style non-boxscore type player. I hope the team can get something for Jack by the deadline. I like having Green better than Jack, and the pressure cooker that combo-guard-minutes is should get resolved. Green was on Pierce in a Celtics win. I don’t see Jack doing that, and neither Green nor Jack has the intensity or scoring potential of Thornton. Intensity and will are what makes Paul different, and that’s who the Hornets are building around. I think they’re one Jack-and-change-for-Dalembert-trade from being elite.

    • Stefan

      January 28, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      I don’t think you realize how important Jack is to the team. We need him to run the offense when Paul is out. Also, there is no better insurance policy for your starting PG in the league other than Jack. His offense may not always be spot on, but he is improving each day. It’s tough to come on a new team during the season. He has done a great job adjusting.

      • Joe P

        January 29, 2011 at 11:15 am

        I agree with every thing you say. Jack is the second best point guard on the team. But if Paul goes down, the team collapses anyway. I think that Thornton is fine bringing the ball down and initiating the offense on the b-squad, and we know that Green is capable of running the point. If the Hornets can get more value back from Jack, and not give up Thornton or other rotation players, I’d be happy.

  12. QueenBee

    January 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I don’t care much for Bill Simmons but I think he’s having CP on this podcast.


  13. QueenBee

    January 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    That’s a long a** podcast. I won’t be listening to it.

  14. Jeffrey

    January 28, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    David West having scored 60% more baskets than anyone else, is compelling to me. But, I’m sure The team looses half of those games if okafor doesn’t play. And Chris Paul makes everyone 30% better just from his creative approach. And he is the best 3 pt shooting point guard in the NBA. Since cp3 also steals and rebounds and scores according to the situation and need, it’s impossible to think anyone is more critical to this team.

  15. Monty'sDoghouse

    January 28, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    To sum up what WWL summed up CP3 saying when he talked to ESPN. The New Orleans Hornets can win a championship this year. He’s happy here. He loves Monty.

    Hollinger was asked if Mek should be an All-Star and he pretty much blasted the person for asking him that question, saying it was ridiculous.

    Thumbs up to:
    – Ariza shooting 39% from 3.
    – Team FT% of 79.
    – Thornton FIVE fouls? God I hope he realizes the potential he’s got on that end of the floor.
    – DWest shooting 90% from the line like we know he should.
    – Jack 55% from 3
    – Ariza keeping pace with CP3 in steals.

    Also, I would like to admit that I was 100% wrong regarding Monty Williams and that the doghouse does not exist. While I was woolgathering in my car today, I realized that Monty probably knew what he had with Thornton the whole time and was just waiting for him to turn that corner both performance-wise and attitude-wise. His suffering through the constant barrage of MT5 questions without flinching was a MASTER STROKE. One that fooled me and about 90% of New Orleans. I would have bet money that Monty was trying to nitpick at Marcus’ game, but in reality he had it “in the bag” the whole time. Monty has helped Marcus’ CAREER in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Imagine if JR Smith could have had a mentor like Monty from the get-go. He might be a top 3 SG in the league. Now he’s an afterthought. Looking back, I guess the Byron Scott fiasco was just to fresh in my mind and the natural cynicism + Marcus man-crush took over.

    • Hornet

      January 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm

      Actually that person was me. I even made a thread about in on hornetsreport. My name on there is “Bee-Fense”

    • Hornet

      January 28, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      Also glad to see you turned the corner on Monty. I hadn’t thought of the JR Smith situation but that’s a really good comparison. Makes me almost want to sign JR in the off season because he’s soooooooo talented. I think if he worked as hard as Wade, he’d be just as good if not better because of his shooting. He’s that talented.

    • Dev

      January 28, 2011 at 11:38 pm

      One Game marcus went 3-4 from 3 and was 3-3 until he missed his last one and Monty said he was pulling him if he shot one more 3 even if he made it

    • 42

      January 29, 2011 at 6:53 am

      Doee that mean I’ll never see a post end in Woof! Woof! ?

    • Icebird

      January 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      I think the response Dell Demps gave at the recent Chalk Talk event which has been reported here and elsewhere is probably the definitive answer on Thornton’s playing time this season.

      I guess it comes down to how you define “doghouse”. The Byron Scott doghouse seemed to be keeping players out of games for no good reason at all. Monty had his reasons for keeping Marcus out of games, and it sounds like Marcus was his contributor to his own bench status to a certain extent (not attending the pre-season camps to learn the defence, awful shooting in pre-season).

      I’m optimistic now that Marcus has earned his way back to consistent minutes, and the last four or five game stretch seems to be the first time where an actual pattern seems to be emerging in how he’s used.

      As I think I said waaaaaaay back during that initial 11-1 run to start the season – we might not need his scoring now, but we’ll definitely want it by the time playoffs come around.

      As to the major question of the day: I think Chris Paul will be always and forever be the Hornets MPV, but I think Okafor’s quiet transformation into the player we hoped we traded for last season (plus CP3’s good health) is a key reason for the Hornets improvement this season.

  16. NOH Domination

    January 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I see on the weekend dime it says that Sacramento wants only expiring contracts for Dalembert. It also says that they’d trade Casspi if a team were willing to take Francisco Garcia or Beno Udrih with him. I know getting Dalembert would be huge to solidify our front court, but if we could make the finances work would Garcia and Casspi not also fit really well?

    • Stefan

      January 28, 2011 at 11:26 pm

      I think it would be a great deal to get those guys, but breaking up a team that is doing so good right now would wreak havoc with the fans. Unless it’s a top tier SG or a legitimate back up C, I don’t see us making any big moves like that at all.

      • Joe P

        January 29, 2011 at 11:17 am

        Dalembert is a legit center.

  17. HiMyNameisSteven

    January 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    emeka has been huge and our chances in the playoffs rest on his broad shoulders. no way we can beat the best teams out west unless he plays huge. id also like to give some love to marcus. before anyways says anything you have to admit he has been huge for us being both a spark for offense off the bench but he gets the crowd into it. everyone loves him and the team plays with energy when he is out there i think marcus is key

    • Dev

      January 28, 2011 at 11:40 pm

      ur right… even opposing team players realize that

  18. NolaHog

    January 29, 2011 at 5:09 am

    Whoa! What bizzaro world am I in? Monty’sDoghouse realizes there was no doghouse? It’s like in the Matrix when the kid tells Neo there is no spoon. What kind of freaky team of destiny is this??!!

  19. cro_CP3

    January 29, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I really don’t know, but CP3 has been really ballin’ and playing really aggressive on D and on O…Mek has been great too, West too…I don’t know, CP3 is tha man haha lol…

  20. jgman

    January 29, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    cant everyone agree that this win streak is a total team effort? yes some of the comebacks were spurred but thornton’s amazing output from the bench, yes we won some tight ones because of chris paul’s steals/clutchness, and some late ones because of west’s consistency, and yes mek and west’s defensive presence has kept us in everyone of the games, and yes ariza has done an amazing job one-on-one against the other teams’ best and has hit some clutch shots

  21. 42

    January 30, 2011 at 1:53 am


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