2010 New Orleans Hornets Preview
The Hornets had to deal with plenty of injuries last season and that could be one of the reasons they stumbled during the year. They managed to make it to the playoffs but that turned out to be an embarrassment. They were forced out of round one by the Denver Nuggets and looked pathetic in the end. They lost one game at home by a record-setting 58 points! It looks like this team had no heart or pride in bowing out of the playoffs. Changes needed to be done.
Byron Scott heads into his sixth season as the head coach of the Hornets. After going deep with this team in the past the first round exit and the lack of intensity at home has skeptics thinking that Scott will be out the door soon. In what could be a make or break season for Scott and the Hornets, they had to make changes in the off-season and they made a big one.
In the first round of the draft the Hornets selected Darren Collison and then countered with another guard in Marcus Thornton in the second round. A nice draft considering where they picked, but the big splash was at the trading table. The big splash was trading Tyson Chandler to bring in Emeka Okafor. They may have given up some defense but they get some help inside with point scoring and they still stay strong defensively and get younger. They also added Ike Diogu to complete a successful off-season.
The Hornets are a playoff team and if they can mesh with the new players, specifically Okafor then they will go far. After last year’s disappointing first round exit the priority will be to play with heart and desire. I am not ready to put them in the elite in the west but look for them to make it past the first round in the playoffs. If not this will be the last year for Byron Scott as head coach of the Hornets.