Scouring the Hornet inter-webs and forums it becomes apparent there is a clear divide among fans. Some are focused on the team while others are focused on getting Marcus Thornton out of the proverbial “Dog House.” Neither sides are wrong to an extent. Both want to see the success of the New Orleans Hornets. One side sees the current model as sufficient and argue, “Why change anything?” While others say the only way for the Hornets to have sustained, long term success is if one of the leagues worst offense’s gets a scoring punch from Marcus.
What I find fascinating about this whole debacle is the fact that Hornet fans are being split in two. I need to remind all of you why you are a fan of the team, we all want a championship and I don’t care how it comes.
Addressing Monty Williams’ dog house is something I find amusing. First of all I don’t believe that one even exists. Earlier on in the season the Hornets went on an eleven game win streak and Thornton played in six games averaging 7.3 points per game. We do not know for certain his defensive inefficiencies because we, after all, are not coaches in the NBA. Our perspective must remain open as our knowledge is for certain inferior to theirs. Second off I believe that people speculating on this matter are drawn to the much hailed Bryon Scott “Dog-House.” It was no secret that Scott preferred playing his veterans over lesser experienced players. It was a surprise that Julian Wright received time in the playoffs considering it. People here assume that much of the same dynamics are in play when they are not.
Even if the term “Dog House” sounds like some Disney movie coming out this summer I still believe that Marcus Thornton is viewed as a development project for Monty and his staff. This role is a far cry from the one he had a year ago which is why most people bicker about his lack of playing time. Marcus is after all a second year player, not a six year veteran that’s put up big numbers season after season.
His role does not mean he sits on the bench every night, it means he plays as he develops. I believe Buckets has shown his value to Monty, we have seen games where he’s put up big numbers like 22, 19, and 18 off the bench. We have also seen him flunk out and put up horrible (2-9 for 6 points in 22 minutes against Indiana, etc). It’s a progressive thing but we need to be as patient as Thornton has been but we also have to give Monty and his staff the benefit of the doubt, after all they are winning basketball games.