New Orleans Hornets 2012-13 Power Rankings – Week 2

Published: November 14, 2012

In an odd scheduling quirk, the Hornets have only played five games so far in the season’s first 15 days. Who have been the most meaningful contributors to the team’s 3-2 start?

All season long, these player power rankings will be presented alongside various “advanced stats” in order to more accurately evaluate each Hornets player’s impact (click here for a glossary of the statistic abbreviations). In addition, we also have created a chart with the goal of standardizing advanced stat categories to distinguish the good numbers from the bad ones. Hopefully, these tools give each of you the means to comprehend the advanced statistical metrics used in these rankings as well as other columns throughout

 Week 2


1) Al-Farouq Aminu, SF 5 GP, 33.4 MPG, 53.8 eFG%, 14.4 TRR, 13.3 AR, 19.5% TOR, 17.6 PER

Through the Hornets’ first five games, it would be tough to argue that anyone on the team has been as consistent of a contributor as Aminu. I hardly expect him to stay atop this list for much longer, but for now, he is deserving of this ranking. He leads all non-guards on the team in assist rate and all non-big men in total rebound rate and PER. He has been the most well-rounded player on the team not named Anthony Davis, and has played more minutes than anyone on the team (167) apart from Vasquez (168).

2) Ryan Anderson, PF 5 GP, 32.8 MPG, 53.9 eFG%, 19.3% DRR, 8.2% TOR, 17.2 PER

As expected, Anderson’s shooting numbers have improved since his first week while maintaining his turnover and defensive rebound rate. Though Anderson’s DRR is only about average for NBA big men, he has historically been a sub-par defensive rebounder (under 17% for his career going into this season), so his average so far clearly indicates a step in the right direction. Expect his shooting numbers to continue to improve as well; he made 39.3% of his 3-pointers in each of the last two seasons, but he has only made 35.1% of them so far this year.

3) Anthony Davis, PF – 3 GP, 26.7 MPG, 59.2 TS%, 16.6% TRR, 4.4% TOR, 34.0 PER

Despite his concussion limiting him to about half of the minutes he would have otherwise played so far, Davis is tied with Anderson for the team lead with .6 total win shares. In fact, out of all players with at least 50 minutes played, he leads the NBA in PER. Not too bad for a rookie.

4) Robin Lopez, C – 5 GP, 30.4 MPG, 9.2% ORR, 55.3 eFG%, 10.9% TOR, 17.6 PER

A pretty quiet couple of games combined with more positive strides from the three players above him push Lopez down to #4 this week. He made six out of his eleven shot attempts this week, but failed to make it to the free throw line at all. His rebound rates dropped off, but in his 58 minutes over the past two games, he committed zero turnovers and just two fouls. Overall, Lopez is doing a good job of taking what the defense gives him, but it would be nice to see him get more aggressive on the glass.

5) Jason Smith, PF – 5 GP, 17 MPG, 67.1 TS%, 15.1% ORR, 27.5% USG, 28.8 PER

Smith keeps up his torrid pace despite more limited playing time than his production would warrant. That ESPN PER list that I said Anthony Davis topped? Smith is 6th. His turnover rate jumped up to 17% after a 4 turnover outing against the 76ers last Wednesday night, but he has performed impeccably in nearly every other area. His offensive rebound rate is elite, his true shooting percentage is out of this world, and he even leads the team in usage rate. The only reason he is as low as 5th on list is because of his lack of minutes, which is by no means his fault.

6) Greivis Vasquez, PG – 5 GP, 33.6 MPG, 12.0% DRR, 44.0% AR, 18.0% TOR, 9.6 PER

Vasquez is a good example of the numbers not telling the entire story of a player’s performance. His poor PER is more a function of exceptionally poor shooting numbers; he hasn’t done a bad job of running this Hornets offense, especially given all of the team’s early season injuries. His assist rate and defensive rebound rates are both solid, and he has helped the team simply by being on the court, as there is a noticeable drop-off in talent after him on the depth chart at point guard. Given that this is his third season in the league, however, it would be nice to see his turnover rate start to improve.

7) Darius Miller, SF  5 GP, 16.0 MPG, 53.8 eFG%, 23.5% TOR, 8.7 PER

In the past two games, Miller has taken his effective field goal percentage from 30% to 53.8%, a number much more in line with what we can expect from him. He has also slightly reduced his turnover rate (though still quite high), but his assist rate has come back down to Earth. Another nice stat to see is his defensive rating of 98, placing him ahead of every player below him in these rankings. Overall, Miller has looked like a strong mid-second round pick, proving that he will ultimately be able to fill a role as a decent rotation player.

8) Brian Roberts, PG  5 GP, 11.8 MPG, 52.4 TS%, 39.0% AR, 10.4% TOR, 17.3 PER

I don’t want to give Roberts an unfair boost after only one good game, but when you look at the competition below him, it would be difficult not to bump him up at least for now. Against Charlotte on Friday night, Roberts scored 16 points on just 8 shots with 8 assists and only 1 turnover in just under 30 minutes of action (which, coincidentally, is the same amount of total minutes he had under his belt in the Hornets’ first four games). Therefore, it should come as no surprise to see his PER sitting pretty at 17.3. Anything remotely close to this kind of production from Roberts on a regular basis would be an unexpectedly pleasant surprise.

9) Austin Rivers, G  4 GP, 29.3 MPG, 30.2 TS%, 18.5% AR, 2.2 PER

Rivers missed one of this week’s two games with an injured thumb, but the game in which he did play was in line with what we have seen from him so far – 2 for 7 from the field with two of those misses coming from long range, 4 assists, and 2 turnovers. That game was not a strong one by any stretch, watching the Hornets against Philly without him showed how important his ball-handling is to the team (though not exactly irreplaceable at this point).

10) Roger Mason, SG5 GP, 19.4 MPG, 57.3 TS%, 4.6% TRR, 6.4% AR, 13.0% TOR, 6.6 PER

Mason’s shooting percentages are the only stats helping to keep his PER above zero at this point. His rebound and assist rates are both awful, and his turnover rate is too high for a player who is supposed to be filling the role of spot-up shooter. To be fair, he had to take on a bigger role against the 76ers last Wednesday due to lack of serviceable guards, but he has still played very poorly overall.

11) Xavier Henry, SG – 3 GP, 8.3 MPG, 42.9 eFG%, 12.7% DRR, 7.3 PER

Henry’s numbers are largely in line with what we’ve become used to from him, but he has only played 25 minutes so far this season, so it would be best to give him a little more playing time before passing any real judgment on his season to date.

12) Lance Thomas, PF2 GP, 6.5 MPG, -2.2 PER

Still not enough opportunities for Lance to give him a fair analysis. With Warrick gone, maybe he’ll get a couple more minutes, but the way Jason Smith has played, those minutes should really go to him.

NR) Eric Gordon, SG; Matt Carroll, SG


All statistical data obtained from Basketball Reference.


  1. Mr.C

    November 14, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Anthony Davis!!!

  2. HJ

    November 14, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Hey guys, i have been a Consistent reader for about 3 years now. Although i seldom leave comments i Love reading those of the #Hornetnation . I just come on to say that i Really believe that Dealer Dell is setting up a blockbuster trade .. Love the site. Keep up the Great work!!! Geaux Hornets

    • James Grayson

      November 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks HJ and welcome to commenting! We love all our readers. A big deal you say…? What makes you say that. I doubt Dell makes a trade this early in the season for two reasons.

      1. We don’t know how far this team is in the development cycle
      2. We should wait till either the trade deadline, or preferably free-agency next offseason.

      Monty has mentioned that they’re going to look for one more “big-name” player but I’m not sure who that’ll be.

      • 504ever

        November 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

        Just for the record, I personally doubt the “big name”
        player will be a big name when we get him. To use a Saint’s analogy, I expect it to be a Joe Horn type guy who is about to break out but hasn’t, yet. Maybe a Jason Smith type at PG, or SG if Gordon doesn’t work out. (I think the Gordon injury question may still get resolved favorably, meaning he returns and plays a lot, but I am not holding my breath.)

    • Jo D

      November 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      I Think they have eyes on certain players out there… but they wont make a move until the Gordon situation plays out and they see what hapens with him…

      Many people are pleading for him to be traded now… But the hornets are making the correct moves.. if we were to trade him now we wouldnt get back a star or even a semi star.. at best we could get a young player with potential… maybe some expiring contracts… But not the star everyone wants…
      Personally i fear a trade because i think teams around the league WANT JASON SMITH…

      but no trade will happen… not for another 6 weeks or so at the very least..

  3. Mr. West

    November 14, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Our front court is so dang stacked, its a shame our guard play is sub par.

    • cloud520

      November 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      I think there’s a big trade in the works that will being some guard star power in.

  4. Bombay

    November 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I know rivers had surgery on the ankle, but he needs to get healthy and play with more speed..This is not the same guy i saw at duke..Fast penatrator with excellent ballhandling..Will the real Austin Rivers please stand up..I know he needs time to develop but he needs to show some promise, a flash of greatness, something..So far has not lived up to the hype…Pretty sure hes not living up to his own expectations..Lets go Rivers!! I keep telling my cousin that you gonna have a break out game that shows why the hornets drafted you…But you gotta want it man..This is the NBA..This aint college no more man..You have a lot to prove..Im a Rivers fan all day but its hard to watch him right now..

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