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So, you wanna buy a jersey…
With Dealer Dell on our side, how can we ever decide on the #1 question a sports fan asks himself- What jersey to buy?
Reminder- Today is the last day to design a shirt for our Hornets shirt design contest!
Saw this on Twitter today and I gotta say that I feel sorry for the guy. You go to a game, this new guy puts on a dominant performance, Chewbacca screams at you everytime he scores, and you fall in love. So you rush down to the Hornets Nest at halftime and exclaim, “I want that one!” while pointing at the extra large Kaman jersey. You throw it over your 2007-08 Southwest Division Champs T-shirt and wear it proudly during the second half.
But today you feel like a fool. You own a jersey of a guy who will have played less than 20 games as a Hornet. In honor of you Double_R_R (kinda redundant name isn’t it?_…_ Isn’t it?), we are going to list the jerseys from safest to buy all the way down to most likely to be Kaman’ed.
1. Gustavo Ayon
Reason to buy: The guy is slowly becoming a fan favorite, can actually play, and is on an insanely cheap contract for the next three years. The Hornets are also making efforts by going into Spanish speaking markets, with Ayon as their poster boy, thereby increasing their fan base and their revenue. Ayon is a keeper on many different levels.
Reason to wait: It is quite possible that the Hornets take 2, or maybe even 3, bigs in the 2012 draft, and if they do Ayon could be pushed aside. Possible, but not probable.
2. Eric Gordon
Reason to buy: When healthy, the guy is far and away the best player on the team. He also is likely to be a Hornet for the next 4-5 years at least, despite what national media might try to tell you. The Hornets and Gordon didn’t agree on an extension this week, but they were close and the Hornets will match any offer this summer.
Reason to wait: With the Hornets having such difficulty scoring, Monty might see you sporting the EG10 jersey in section 105 and throw you in the game. Beer +Pizza + lack of stretching = you with a torn ACL. So wait until Gordon comes back after the All-Star break and wear your jersey with pride.
3. Jason Smith
Reason to buy: Cheap contract, high energy and effort, and an increasing set of skills to boot. Plus you can wear it when you check in to one of those skeezy hotels and maybe they will really believe you are a businessman named J. Smith, in for one night only from Toledo.
Reason to wait: Same as Ayon, 2012 draft can push Smitty aside long term.
4. Jarrett Jack
Reason to buy: He is the leading scorer and the heart of the team as well in a lot of ways. It seems like Jack has been in the league forever, but he is only 28, and could easily be extended beyond the two years he has left on his contract if he continues to play well.
Reason to wait: We still haven’t seen how Jack and Gordon play together, and while I think they are a good match, it could be a disaster. If it is, you better believe Jack will be the one who goes.
5. Emeka Okafor
Reason to buy: Centers don’t grow on trees, though it would be nice if they did because then they wouldnt cost 40 million dollars over the next three years. With Kaman on his way out, ‘Mek should get more playing time and a chance to show he is worth that contract.
Reason to wait: If Demps can find the right deal for Okafor, he would take it in an instant. Okafor is the only huge long term contract the Hornets have on the books, and it is hard to envision him here beyond next season.
6. Al-Farouq Aminu
Reason to buy: When Aminu was drafted, everyone knew he would take a couple of years to find his niche in the league. Now that Monty is working with him, that niche is defense and rebounding. Slowly the offense will come. Other than Eric Gordon, nobody on this roster has as much upside as Aminu.
Reason to wait: There are some quality wings in the upcoming draft, including a freshman from Kentucky named Michael Kidd-Gilchrist who Demps and Monty will absolutely fall in love with. Combine that with the fact that Demps has incentive to keep Ariza and show that the Collison trade was not a bad one, and you can imagine a scenario in which Aminu is packaged with the Wolves pick to move up in the draft.
7. Trevor Ariza
Reason to buy: As stated above, Demps has incentive to keep Ariza around, even though this team is going through a youth movement. Also factor in that the number 1 just looks cool on jerseys and I can see making an argument for getting this jersey. Worst case scenario, you can peel off his name and put “I Am” in that spot. That would also work well if your name was Juan and you had a heavy accent.
Reason to wait: You value your money.
8. (tie) Grevis Vasquez and Xavier Henry
Reason to buy: They are both on rookie contracts and one of them has to make it long term, right?
Reason to wait: Memphis gave up on two guys they were very high on after just one year. Not unfathomable that the Hornets do the same.
Rounding out the list:
10. Squeeky- I wouldnt the ladies to get the wrong idea by wearing a Johnson 5 jersey, personally.
11. Marco- The clock is ticking on Marco’s stay as a Hornet.
12. Dajuan Summers- Ditto.
Nice post! I ordered a Greivis Vasquez' jersey (custom), home, replica. I'm Brazilian and Vasquez is the South American representative of the Hornets. It's the jersey that I wear.
I just picked up a Peja jersey during the off season since I still cant stand to look at my CP3 jersey.
I can really picture Jason Smith being on our roster for an eternity. Hopefully not as a starter, but as a fifth big I don't see why we would ever need to get rid of him..
Just tell me where can I buy a Ayon jersey in the internet? I live in Poland, so it's very difficult to buy a jersey without internet.
If you believe our poll (which only lets you vote once), then Gustavo is already by far the most liked active Hornet.
Great post! My friends and I discuss this each time we're in the Hornets' next, as I've just had to jettison my CP3 jerseys (fittingly, the only authentic CP3 jersey I've bought was the "black-out" one. Good for the mourning period). Depending on how things go this summer, I will proudly rock either a Gordon or Ayon jersey next season. And part of me also hopes Marco is gone by the time I finish typing this sentence, even though I know that's a pipe dream (although I did get a chance to meet him once and he's a perfectly nice guy, but niceness doesn't win games...).
Gustavo and jsmith easy choices, fun as hell to root for, long term low rent deals that we wouldn't unload unless we were getting something really good in return
Haha i've been trying to decide on which jersey I should get ever since the cp3 trade, and its pretty freaking annoying, its funny that you made a post of this. I was thinking about getting gordon, but i'm not so sure if the hornets will re sign him now if a team like the pacers offers him a max contract. So then I was thinking about getting aminu, but you made a good point about possibly trading up in the draft. Ughhh.
for those of us international fans, using nba store u cant buy half those jerseys anyway, not even customise a players name and their number as it wont let you, fuckn sucks
I live in Costa Rica and theres courier services you can join, they have an address in miami so you just send your online purchases to that address and then they just ship it here, otherwise id be completely screwed, everyone here still thinks that the hornets play in charlotte
My two nephews love Jarrett so I bought them JJ jerseys a few weeks ago. Depending on how things go with contract extensions and what not, I'm prob gonna buy JJ, Ayon and EG10 by the start of next year's season. Related note. I know fans either love or hate them, but I have always freaking loved the Mardi Gras uniforms. I hope the team wears them tonight.
Not a fan of the mardi gras jerseys. That's unfortunate because they could have made some really cool ones.
I don't know for a fact, but I believe they usually wait until the 2 weeks before Mardi Gras. Look for a couple of home games, couple of road games with them following the Super Bowl. I think the jersey could use some work, but I like them. They are fantastic promotions for the season.
nice post.. sidenote: I felt the same way this March. Someone gave me a CP3 jersey as a graduation gift, only to see CP3 get traded at the start of this season. Sidenote2: Can I have someone buy me a jersey and sent to the Philippines? I'll just pay for it or something.. I really want a Gordon jersey(the gold one).. Le sigh