Unibrow - Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
You might have heard that the Hornets won the NBA Lottery and drafted Anthony Davis. After that, you might not have followed along with all the other changes. Here's a summary.
Other than that, the Hornets managed to get rid of basically their entire team, from starting point guard to starting shooting guard to starting small forward to starting power forward to backup/often starting power forward to starting center to backup/often starting center. The one player they did keep was Eric Gordon, whose heart was once in Phoenix and whose knees probably wish the rest of his body hadn't left. There is rapidly accelerating cynicism surrounding Gordon at the start of the season, and it is unclear whether said cynicism/swelling of knees will abate any time soon. Ugh, knees.
Ryan Anderson, if used as he was in Orlando, is an excellent power forward -- perhaps the best stretch four since Dirk Nowitzki himself. He's not by any stretch an adequate defender, but he can rebound like hell, and word is the Hornets now have an elite defender in the paint. He's the third strong player on the roster. He's Anthony Davis, the No. 1 pick in the draft. He's the type of rookie who will both make a huge impact in Year 1 and will have lots of room to grow. Assuming health.
They also drafted Doc's son Austin Rivers with the 5th pick in the draft.
This was far from a no-brainer. The Hornets believe Rivers was the best guy on the draft board, and if it means converting him to point guard, so be it. Me? I'm far less convinced. Rivers certainly flashed superstar potential at Duke, but he also struggled to play with his teammates, lacked a consistent jump shot and often struggled finishing against bigger defenders. He has the look of an elite player, but it's not really clear how his talents fit into a team setting. It's also not entirely clear how he fits into the kind of team the Hornets are building.