Basketball, basketball, basketball is here! And this is the NBA New Orleans Hornets 2007-08 season preview. The NBA basketball scouting reports are in, and the New Orleans Hornets aren’t looking too bad this year, according to NBA prognosticators. I did a little basketball scouting myself for AC, and this is what I found out about the New Orleans Hornets basketball team this year.
Chris Paul is the starting guard for the Hornets. His brief bio breaks down like this; He’s two years into the NBA , and the guard position with the Hornets. He was a highly touted player picked up in the draft out of Wake Forest. He stands at 6′ even, which isn’t too tall for basketball player. But at point guard, they’ve come shorter. Besides, what he lacks in an inch or two, he makes up in ability to play the game.
He was initially picked up by the Hornets for his blazing speed in getting the basketball up the court in transition, potential for becoming one of the pre-eminent assisting guards in the NBA, as well as his above average chance of getting up to NBA speed right away in his rookie year, so he could contribute to the team sooner than later. Chris Paul weighs in at 175lbs.
David West is another prominent Hornets player. He plays forward at 6’9″, 240 lbs. He is a four year NBA pro who did his college at Xavier (Ohio). David West earned a spot on the team’s roster a few years ago, essentially taking the place of the oft-injured Jamal Mashburn. While his reputation didn’t precede him like Mashburn’s did when he was entering the NBA, David West has matured into a go-to forward that can be counted on when the game is on the line.
Peja Stojakovic, the consummate basketball tactician is with the Hornets this year, again. A journeyman the past two years, Stojakovic has been in the NBA for nine years, now. He stands 6’10” and plays either forward or guard. He’s that good dribbling and handling the ball-so good you forget that he’s 6’10”. Peja Stojakovic entered the NBA from Serbia.
He started playing with the Sacramento Kings in the 98-99 NBA season. It wasn’t until the 00-01 season that he broke out and has been on fire ever since. Stojakovic came over to the Hornets for thirteen games last year after a year with the Indiana Pacers. Fortunately they have him back this year. He’s another game winning go-to guy when the team needs a three-pointer at the buzzer to win.
Two key off season transactions is the drafting of Julian Wright and Adam Haluska.
Wright is an early entry into the NBA draft with tremendous upside. He is a very athletic player that can play positions at both ends of the floor, and can take opponents off the dribble. He stands at 6’8″ and weighs 225 lbs. He played two years as a Kansas Jayhawk.
Adam Haluska is a rookie too, with a lot of upside. He is an attacking offensive player that likes to get to the hoop often. He can shoot the long ball well at times, too. He’s a guard at 6’5″, weighing 225 lbs. He played all four years of his college basketball at Iowa.
Like all of the NBA teams, the New Orleans Hornets 2007-08 basketball schedule has its share of tough games. The first of which is the third game out of the gate against the Denver Nuggets. Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, who used to play for the Hornets, the ever great Allen Iverson, and Bobby Jones are going to make it a real hard way to go for the Hornets. Expect a Hornets loss in this one.
Another tough basketball game for the Hornets isn’t far behind the game against the Nuggets. The Los Angeles Lakers are the Hornets’ next opponent after the Nuggets, but unless Kobe takes over the game like he can, the Hornets have a shooting chance in this one. It’s the second game after the Lakers, the San Antonio Spurs, that will be their measure marker early in the season that lets them know how much they have to improve in order to beat the best. After all, that’s what the Spurs have been for nearly a decade, now, the best in NBA professional basketball!