Scouting the NBA: Week Two — New Orleans Hornets Have a Winning Record

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Published: November 6, 2012

The New Orleans Hornets are off to a nice start this season, but will it continue? Also, which player should the Hornets be interested in from this weeks’ opponents?

Wednesday 7th vs. Philadelphia 76ers – ESPN, 7pm CST, Nationally Televised

The (1-2) Philadelphia 76ers will take on the New Orleans Hornets in a rare nationally televised game featuring the home club. The Hornets have started the season nicely getting two of their first three.

The ‘6ers, a playoff team from last season, have their prized center Andrew Bynum on the injury report as out indefinitely. Expected to make the playoffs this season, Philadelphia has a nice, well-rounded team from the point, to the big men to the bench.

Yet, for Wednesday’s game maybe that isn’t the case. The Sixers are off to a bit of a sluggish start, and that is compounded by a Jason Richardson injury who will also be out for the game. Philly still has talent, but it’s certainly depleted.

Player of Interest for the Hornets: Dorrell Wright

Michael and Ryan noted in Monday’s podcast that they didn’t want anyone on the ‘6ers roster. I have to disagree. While there’s no one other than Andrew Bynum who could contribute significantly towards a championship, there is a role player which I’d love to have on the team.

Wright is a guy who’s been on three teams in his 8 year NBA career, exploding in Golden State. He’s getting paid $4,000,000 this season, and that contract is expiring. For a guy who’s only 26 and has quite a bit of NBA experience he’s a role player who I’d want on this team.

You can never have enough shooters.

Best Matchup for the 76ers: Jrue Holiday vs. Greivis Vasquez

With the speed and agility of Holiday versus the slow-footed, but much taller, Vasquez, there’s really only one way a matchup will go at the point guard position. While it’s no doubt Greivis is holding his own this season, no one can deny he’s one of the slowest point-guards in the entire league.

When you can’t get around guys like Joakim Noah on a one-on-one matchup and you’re a point guard, you have speed issues.

Holiday can exploit Vasquez both off the dribble and off the ball. If the ‘6ers are smart they’ll run pick-and-rolls that involve both Greivis and Lopez. Doing so can allow Jrue to have dribble penetration opening up shooters. That’s if they play it right.

Best Matchup for the Hornets: Al-Farouq Aminu vs. Evan Turner

I’m going to do it… Wait… Err… Yes! The best matchup for the Hornets on this evening will be Aminu against former top-three pick Evan Turner.

Wow, after three games I’m actually going to give Aminu some props. After showing little last season and even less this preseason, The Chief has put on an outlet driven, fastbreak bonanza. Maybe his dunks are so awesome because we’re so used to seeing them not go in. But one after another they have.

Aminu can shut-down a very sub-par player in Evan Turner. His length will trouble Turner who’s failed to impress in his brief time in the NBA. That’s not to say that Aminu is going to dominate, but he will be allowed to get out on the break and hammer home a few holy dooley’s.

Prediction: Hornets by 3

I’m over confident and I don’t care. Yes, this is probably a rare time to be a homer, but I’m calling it. Anthony Davis will play (hopefully) and the team appears to be playing well (beaten two playoff teams and nearly beating seed número uno from last year). I really would love for them to get a win on national TV so I’m being optimistic, especially with Andrew Bynum out.

Firday 9th vs. Charlotte Bobcats — Fox Sports New Orleans, 7pm CST

When superpowers collide, no the Cold War isn’t still going, but the Bobcats and Hornets still are. A Clash of the Titans if you will, Friday’s game will offer up the first match between former Kentucky team-mates Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Both franchises are rebuilding and there’s little doubt as to which is at a more advanced stage. The Bobcats made little secret their desire to do whatever it took to get the number one pick in this years draft. Taking two-steps backward didn’t necessarily lead to the GIANT leap they wanted to gain.

Player of Interest for Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

It’s never going to happen but outside of MKG and Bismack Biyombo there really isn’t anyone on the Bobcats roster worth wanting. Some may want Kemba Walker, but we already have a similar player in Austin Rivers. Ben Gordon, Tyrus Thomas, Reggie Williams and Ramon Sessions will all be cheap veterans on one-year deals in a few years time, they’re just way overpaid right now.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a work-horse, and despite his rawness of the offensive side of the ball, you know you’re getting a physical player who’s going to put in the time to improve. He’s a guy you can move forward with and I think Bobcat fans should be happy.

Best Matchup for Bobcats: Gerald Henderson Ben Gordon vs. Austin Rivers

The Bobcats would have seen the film and they know they can take advantage of Rivers. No one has really been discussing it, but while Austin finds his way in the NBA, he’s had a tough time on the defensive side of the ball.

Fighting through screens, trying to defend on the low-block, these are things he’s having a tough time of adjusting to. While it’s certainly been prevalent to the shrewd observer that he’s making progress, it’s still minimal.

We’re talking about Friday the 9th of November 2012 not 2014. The Bobcats need to take advantage of this and use Ben Gordon as well. Get after the young rook.

Best Matchup for the Hornets: Anthony Davis/Ryan Anderson vs. Byron Mullens/Tyrus Thomas/Bismack Biyombo

The Hornets have a significantly more superior front-line that the Bobcats and while both are young; New Orleans can claim superiority. Whether trying to chase Ryan Anderson or containing Anthony Davis on the pick-and-roll and offensive glass the Bobcats will need to be on their game.

Monty Williams will look to flash different looks along the front-line, and the most effective for Friday’s game could be Davis and Anderson.

Prediction: Hornets by 8

The Hornets will move to 4-1 on the season giving hope to a team that was the worst in the Western Conference last season. While it’s debatable whether it will last, I can assure you it will be exciting.

I have no idea why I’m so confident, I think it’s because I don’t really mind if we lose. We’re young, we’re energized and we’re going to see what works.

Let’s get these Bobcats.

Motif of the Week

mo·tif/mōˈtēf/ Noun: A distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition.

– Shooting –

Let the madness begin!

If there’s one thing that’s been troubling this past week it was the dismal shooting of the New Orleans Hornets. Austin Rivers is yet to hit his first three pointer and the team is shooting a combined 28% from beyond the arc. In spot-up shot situations, the Hornets are 25th in the league at 0.75 PPP.

These are not good numbers, and they must be improved upon. While the New Orleans Hornets are doing well in some areas, this hasn’t been one of them. Dribble penetration is a must, which has been lacking with the absent of Eric Gordon.

Even a guy like Ryan Anderson is struggling for him, he’s 1.15 PPP (Kevin Martin is at 1.4 PPP and Ray Allen at 1.52 PPP).

Let’s hope this weeks motif is shooting, of the good kind.

Final Sentence: When life gives you lemons, make Anthony Davis. 

24 comments
toledotorpedo
toledotorpedo

I disagree, the Cold War continues. Just still a proxy state, proxy war theme.

Nassim Aguin
Nassim Aguin

Soon I come with the coefficient defensive .... Hope you like my analysis .... Sorry for my poor English ...

Nassim Aguin
Nassim Aguin

Well, ladies and gentlemen, we have a great PG Hornets, the coefficient is clear, that for the first three games GV enters the Top Ten PG in the league, is number 9 among all 86 runs through his hands possible points for the team score, and there is that Amino and Lopez look with so many points, and look as comfortable scoring Davis, is the reason for having two wins in three games .... The coefficient is not wrong ... Crhis Paul is the best PG in the NBA, etc, etc ..... Friends, the best PG is not the fastest, not the most spectacular plays you make, not the best dribbler, the best PG is the one with better vision, the one with the brains to make the best decision to pass or attempt a shot, the best PG is that he puts all team players to produce, write and put that if the PG scores much better ........ if you have a PG with such features it is logical that the victories come .... Vasquez Graivis a great PG ..... I assure you ...

Jo D
Jo D

Atleast i finally have a solid fellow GV supporter! I've been lonely on the bandwagon since last year!

Nassim Aguin
Nassim Aguin

Ok ..... Analyzing the statistics I can make different coefficients, using numerology, the most important factor is the coefficient offensive, since it is the mathematical interpretation of the impact of the player in the team's offensive game to take it into account, triples, assists , most important statistic to analyze a PG, and scoring points per game. The calculation is done this way (for every 3 points to score is multiplied by 3, the attendance is taken as 70% of them multiplicándole by 2 and the remaining 30% for 3, plus the sum of the points per game) . The result is the contribution of PG in reference to the team scoring points per game played ...... let's see .... Coefficient Offensive * Crhis Paul (LA clippers) 9-52 - 33 - 19 = 113 * Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtic) 6-50 - 32 - 15 = 103 Jrue Holliday (Philadelphia 76's) 24 - 36 - 23-19 = 102 Damian Lillard (Portland Brazzer) ® 18 - 38 - 24-21 = 101 * Brandon Jennings (Miwokee) 6-45 - 29 - 17 = 97 Kile Lowry (Toronto) 24 - 29 to 19 - 24 = 96 Deron Williams (Brooklin) 12-38 - 24 - 19 = 93 * Tony Parker (San Antonio) 9-38 - 24 - 20 = 91 Greivis Vasquez (New Orleans Hornets) 6-41 - 26 - 13 = 86 * Mo Williams (Utah Jazz) 18 - 27 - 17 to 22 = 84 Goran Dragic (Sun Phonix) 9-36 - 23 - 15 = 83 Darrel Collison (Dallas) 12-29 - 19 - 17 = 77 J.J. Redick (Orlando Magic) 18 - 22 - 14 to 23 = 77 * Stephen Curry (Golden State) 24 to 20 - 13 - 18 = 75 * Jeremy Lin (Houston) 9-31 - 20 - 15 = 75 * Raymond Felton (NYN) 18 - 25 - 16 to 14 = 73 * Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City) 6-28 - 18 - 21 = 73 * Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis) 15-22 - 14 - 15 = 66 Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers Clev) 9-20 - 13 - 24 = 66 * Ty Lawson (Denver Nugett) 3-28 - 18 - 14 = 63 Jarret Jack (Golden State) 6-28 - 18 - 10 = 62 Nate Robinson (Chicago Bull) 12-21 - 14 - 13 = 60 Ramon Sessions (Charlotte) 6-18 - 12 - 17 = 53 Jeff Teague (Atlanta Hawks) ® 3 to 21 - 14 - 15 = 53 * Jason Kidd (NYN) 18 - 15 - 10 - 9 = 52 Monta Ellis (Miwokee) 9 - 14 - 9 to 19 = 51 AJ Price (Washington) 12 - 18 - 12 - 8 = 50 George Hill (Indiana Pacers) 6-18 - 12 - 11 = 47 * Jose Juan Barea (Minnesota Wolves) 6-17 - 11 - 12 = 46 Kemba Walker (Charlotte) 3 - 11 - 7-20 = 41 Steve Blake (LA Lakers) 9-15 - 10 - 5 = 39 * Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings) 18 - 4 - 3 - 11 = 36 * Steve Nash (LA Lakers) 3-14 - 9 - 5 = 31 Alexey Shved (Minnesota Wolves) ® 9 - 10 - 6-6 = 31 Daniel Gibson (Clev Cavaliers) 12 - 7 - 5 - 6 = 30

Nassim Aguin
Nassim Aguin

POINTS: 1) Kile Lowry (Toronto) 23.7 pts x g 2) Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers Clev) 23.7 pts x g 3) J.J. Redick (Orlando Magic) 22.5 pts x g 4) * Mo Williams (Utah Jazz) 22 pts x g 5) * Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City) 21.3 pts xg 6) Damian Lillard (Portland Brazzer) ® 21.3 pts xg 7) * Tony Parker (San Antonio) 20.3 pts x g 8) Kemba Walker (Charlotte) 20 pts x g (X) 9) Jrue Holliday (Philadelphia 76's) 19.3 pts xg 10) * Crhis Paul (LA clippers) 19 pts x g 11) Monta Ellis (Miwokee) 18.5 x g (X) 12) Deron Williams (Brooklin) 18.5 x g (X) 13) * Stephen Curry (Golden State) 18 pts x g 14) Darrel Collison (Dallas) 17.3 x g 15) * Brandon Jennings (Miwokee) 17 pts x g (X) 16) Ramon Sessions (Charlotte) 16.5 pts x g (X) 17) * Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtic) 15.3 pts x g 18) * Jeremy Lin (Houston) 15.3 pts x g 19) Jeff Teague (Atlanta Hawks) ® 15 pts x g (X) 20) Goran Dragic (Sun Phonix) 14.7 x g 21) * Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis) 14.7 pts x g 22) * Ty Lawson (Denver Nugett) 14 pts x g 23) * Raymond Felton (NYN) 13.7 pts x g 24) Greivis Vasquez (New Orleans Hornets) 13pts xg 25) Nate Robinson (Chicago Bull) 12.7 pts x g 26) * Jose Juan Barea (Minnesota Wolves) 12 pts xg 27) * Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings) 11.7 pts xg 28) George Hill (Indiana Pacers) 11.3 pts x g 29) Jarrett Jack (Golden State) 10.3 pts x g 30) Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons) 10 pts x g 31) * Jason Kidd (NYN) 9 pts x g REBOUNDS: 1) Kile Lowry (Toronto) 22 - 7.3 x g 2) * Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City) 18-6 xg 3) * Jeremy Lin (Houston) 17 - 5.7 x g 4) * Stephen Curry (Golden State) 16 - 5.3 x g 5) * Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtic) 16 - 5.3 x g 6) Nate Robinson (Chicago Bull) 15-5 x jg 7) Greivis Vasquez (New Orleans Hornets) 14 to 4.7 xg 8) George Hill (Indiana Pacers) 14 - 4.7 x g 9) Jarrett Jack (Golden State) 13 - 4.3 x g 10) * Crhis Paul (LA clippers) 12-4 x g 11) Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers Clev) 12-4 x g 12) Damian Lillard (Portland Brazzer) ® 12-4 xg 13) * Jason Kidd (NYN) 11 - 3.7 x g 14) * Ty Lawson (Denver Nugett) 11 - 3.7 x g 15) * Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis) 11 - 3.7 x g 16) Jrue Holliday (Philadelphia 76's) 11 to 3.7 xg 17) Goran Dragic (Sun Phonix) 11 - 3.7 x g 18) Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons) 10 to 3.3 xg

Nassim Aguin
Nassim Aguin

ROBOS: 1) * Kile Lowry (Toronto) 11 – 3,7 x g 2) *Mike Conley Jr (Menphis) 9 – 3 x g 3) Mario Chalmers (Miami Head) 9 – 2,25 x g 4) *Brandon Jennings (Miwokee) 8 – 4 x g (X) 5) *Crhis Paul (LA Clipers) 8 – 2,67 x g 6) *Jeremy Lin (Houston) 7 – 2,33 x g 7) *Stephen Curry (Golden State) 6 – 2 x g 8) *Jason Kidd (NYN) 6 – 2 x g 9) Jeff Teague (Hawks Atlanta) ® 5 – 2,5 x g (X) 10) *Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtic) 5 – 1,67 x g 11) *Mo Williams (Utah Jazz) 5 – 1,67 x g 12) *Raymond Felton (NYN) 5 – 1,67 x g 13) Jrue Holliday (Philadelphia 76´s) 5 – 1,67 x g 14) Darrel Collison (Dallas) 5 – 1,67 x g 15) Goran Dragic (Sun Phonix) 5 – 1,67 x g 16) Kemba Walker (Charlotte) 4 – 2 x g (X) 17) *Ty Lawson (Denver Nugett) 4 – 1,33 x g 18) Nate Robinson (Chicago Bull) 4 – 1,33 x g 19) Kyrie Irving (Clev Cavaliers) 3 – 1 x g 20) J.J. Redick (Orlando Magic) 2 - 1 x g 21) A.J Price (Washington) 2 – 1 x g (X) 22) *Tony Parker (San Antonio) 2 – 0,67 x g 23) Daniel Gibson (Clev Cavaliers) 2 – 0,67 x g 24) George Hill (Indiana Pacers) 2 – 0,67 x g 25) Jarret Jack (Golden State) 2 – 0,67 x g 26) Damian Lillard (Portland Brazzer) ® 2 – 0,67 x g 27) Alexey Shved (Minesota Wolves) ® 2 – 0,67 x g 28) *Steve Nash (LA Lakers) 1 – 0,5 x g 29) Monta Ellis (Miwokee) 1 – 0,5 x g (X) 30) Ramon Sessions (Charlotte) 1 – 0,5 x g (X) 31) Deron Willians (Brooklin) 1 – 0,5 x g (X) 32) *José Juan Barea (Minesota Wolves) 1 – 0,33 x g 33) *Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings) 1 – 0,33 x g 34) *D.J Agustin (Indiana Pacers) 1 – 0,33 x g 35) Greivis Vasquez (New Orleans Hornets) 1 – 0,33 x g 36) José Calderón (Toronto) 1 – 0,33 x g 37) Brandon Knight (Detroit Piston) 1 – 0,33 x g

Jordan J.
Jordan J.

You say Vasquez is much taller than Holiday, but Holiday is listed at 6'4 and Vasquez at 6'6?

Nassim Aguin
Nassim Aguin

I observe that those who think here in reference to Greivis Vasquez, have a very subjective opinion, nothing objective in the rescue of such objectivity've performed a statistical analysis of their numbers compared to the statistics for all of the league PG. A good PG is one who leads in offensive production of the entire team, who make plays for his teammates to score, whether individually additionally has ability to score a lot of points, becomes a star, and if can work well defensively, this PG becomes an exceptional player, a super PG. Observe the different individual statistics all PG in the league in his first three games this season, so we have a clear vision of what is the contribution of the Hornets GV boot in this campaign, his status in reference to their colleagues in the league, and thus its impact on wins and good team play: 3 points: 1) Jrue Holliday (Philadelphia 76's) 8 - 53.3% 2) Kile Lowry (Toronto) 8 - 50% 3) * Stephen Curry (Golden State) 8 - 34.8% 4) J.J. Redick (Orlando Magic) 6-75% 5) * Jason Kidd (NYN) 6 - 54.5% 6) * Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings) 6 - 42.9% 7) * Mo Williams (Utah Jazz) 6 - 42.9% 8) * Raymond Felton (NYN) 6 - 37.5% 9) Damian Lillard (Portland Brazzer) ® 6 - 37.5% 10) * Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis) 5 - 45.5% 11) Darrel Collison (Dallas) 4-80% 12) Nate Robinson (Chicago Bull) 4-40% 13) Daniel Gibson (Clev Cavaliers) 4-40% 14) Jose Calderon (Toronto) 4-40% 15) Deron Williams (Brooklin) 4 - 33.3% (X) 16) A.J Price (Washington) 4 - 28.6% (X) 17) * Tony Parker (San Antonio) 3-75% 18) Steve Blake (LA Lakers) 3-60% 19) * Crhis Paul (LA clippers) 3 - 42.9% 20) Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons) 3 - 33.3% 21) * Jeremy Lin (Houston) 3 - 33.3% 22) Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers Clev) 3 - 33.3% 23) Monta Ellis (Miwokee) 3 - 27.3% (X) 24) Alexey Shved (Minnesota Wolves) ® 3 - 27.3% 25) Goran Dragic (Sun Phonix) 3 to 25% 26) Jarrett Jack (Golden State) 2 - 66.7% 27) Ramon Sessions (Charlotte) 2-50% (X) 28) * Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtic) 2-40% 29) * Jose Juan Barea (Minnesota Wolves) 2 - 28.6% 30) * Brandon Jennings (Miwokee) 2-25% (X) 31) Greivis Vasquez (New Orleans Hornets) 2-25% 32) * D.J Agustin (Indiana Pacers) 2 - 22.2% 33) * Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City) 2 - 18.2% 34) George Hill (Indiana Pacers) 2 - 16.7%

Nassim Aguin
Nassim Aguin

ASSISTS: 1) * Crhis Paul (LA clippers) 37 - 12.3 x pg 2) * Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtic) 36-12 x pg 3) Greivis Vasquez (New Orleans Hornets) 29 - 9.7 x pg 4) * Tony Parker (San Antonio) 27-9 x pg 5) Damian Lillard (Portland Brazzer) ® 27-9 x pg 6) * Brandon Jennings (Miwokee) 26-13 x pg (X) 7) Jrue Holliday (Philadelphia 76's) 26 - 8.7 x pg 8) Goran Dragic (Sun Phonix) 26 - 8.7 x pg 9) Deron Williams (Brooklin) 22-11 x pg (X) 10) * Jeremy Lin (Houston) 22 - 7.3 x pg 11) Darrel Collison (Dallas) 21-7 x pg 12) Lowry Kile (Toronto) 21-7 x pg 13) * Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City) 20 - 6.7 x pg 14) * Ty Lawson (Denver Nugett) 20 - 6.7 x pg 15) Jarrett Jack (Golden State) 20 - 6.7 x pg 16) Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons) 20 - 6.7 x pg 17) * Mo Williams (Utah Jazz) 19 - 6.3 x pg 18) * Raymond Felton (NYN) 18-6 x pg 19) Mario Chalmers (Miami Head) 17 - 5.7 x pg 20) * Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis) 16 - 5.3 x pg 21) Nate Robinson (Chicago Bull) 15-5 x pg LOCKS: 1) Monta Ellis (Miwokee) 2-1 x pg (X) 2) * Mo Williams (Utah Jazz) 2 - 0.67 x pg 3) George Hill (Indiana Pacers) 2 - 0.67 x pg 4) * Steve Nash (LA Lakers) 1 - 0.5 pg 5) * Brandon Jennings (Miwokee) 1 - 0.5 x pg (X) 6) Kemba Walker (Charlotte) 1 - 0.5 x pg (X) 7) Jeff Teague (Atlanta Hawks) ® 1 - 0.5 x pg (X) 8) * Ty Lawson (Denver Nugett) 1 - 0.33 x pg 9) * Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis) 1 - 0.33 x pg 10) Greivis Vasquez (New Orleans Hornets) 1 - 0.33 x pg 11) Lowry Kile (Toronto) 1 - 0.33 x pg 12) Goran Dragic (Sun Phonix) from 1 to 0.33 pg 13) Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers Clev) 1 - 0.33 x pg 14) Daniel Gibson (Clev Cavaliers) 1 - 0.33 x pg 15) Mario Chalmers (Miami Head) 1 - 0.33 x pg 16) Alexey Shved (Minnesota Wolves) ® 1 - 0.33 x pg

nolakid21
nolakid21

Also completely disagree about Austin Rivers struggling on the defensive side of the ball. He is actually playing pretty well on that side of the ball.

Jo D
Jo D

He is hustling... dont confuse that with good D... When Hayward and Foye were lighting us up from three... They were rivers man much of the time... Same goes for the scoring from Bellineli and Robinson in Chi... I'm not condemning him, he has to learn.. he has to get stronger.. hehas to get better... RIVERS IS A ROOKIE... he doesnt have to be the answer this year... it would be nice.. but this isnt his deadline... he has 3-4 years to prove his worth...

Chuck
Chuck

Do you really think Rivers has struggled on D? I agree with what you said, that he can't get through screens or defend people on the block, but I think that's just because he's so tiny right now. His instincts seem really good and I haven't noticed him just get lost like a lot of rookies tend to do. He's also been pretty good on switching and in transition. That said, Henderson will probably eat him for lunch.

NOH2313
NOH2313

Henderson has a sprained left foot and will be out for 2-4 weeks.

Jo D
Jo D

He isnt strong enough yet.. he leaves his man with too much space and he gets overpowered on drives as well as screens... he is def a liability til he puts some muscle on that frame

HoumaHornet
HoumaHornet

Our 2 guard position in general has struggled on defense. We have so many missed rotations from that position which leads to open shots. I'm sure this is something they will work on and improve upon as the season progresses.

Ryan Schwan
Ryan Schwan

Calumny, James! I said I wouldn't trade any of our big three for any of their big three. I've wanted Dorell Wright for two years. Can you imagine being the bobcats and to be paying Tyrus Thomas 8 million a year? Since he received that contract, he's had a PER in single digits. The man has no interest in playing basketball.

Ian H
Ian H

Another real solid piece of work, a good read. I basically agree with everything you said. Vasquez has to limit Turnovers against an athletic team like Philly. We may see Austin Rivers on ball more as his handle would be better suited to beat the press defense. As far as Charlotte goes, no excuse not to win that game...period.

Jo D
Jo D

He is definitly quicker with the ball... Maybe a marginally better ball handler... But i dont want the ball in his hands for any length of time... he had two terrible games and one maybe decent game... He always finds a way to drive right into a double team and lose the ball or make a bad decision... he needs to get stronger... right now he cant hang with the stronger guards so he tries to use his speed to get around them.. problem is he puts his head down and doesnt see the the help defender slide over... Right now GV is the man and he is playing with confidence. No need to mess with that unless he majorly screws up... and even then he should have some room for error given Rivers has been very unimpressive thus far... All for coach to decide tho...