All-world point guard, low post scorer, inside defensive presence and swing-man defender. The New Orleans Hornets have the core to establish something great, but they do not have the role players to win a championship. It’s a tough reality to come to terms with, but it must be done in order to rap your head around why these Hornets go through highs and lows.
When Trevor Ariza went down against the Oklahoma City Thunder it became apparent, we need more talent. Now there are guys like Marcus Thornton and even Jarrett Jack (who needs to show some god damn consistency) but we need more. We need a true starting two-guard, we need a true backup big man who can come in for 10 minutes and dominant the paint. These things are in a check list and I want them ticked off.
Joe Gerrity outlined (and predicted) that the Hornets are just one injury away from disaster. Well two guys down and another playing on one leg and you have a catastrophe. Don’t try to disagree with me. New Orleans has lost 5 of the past 6 games, leveling out that great 10 game win streak. They have the Bulls, Magic and Portland all coming up which can all be pencilled in as predicted losses.
The biggest disadvantage to these is that it has flushed out what depth we have. No one has stepped up, not even Chris Paul to a certain extent. Sure you had Jason Smith outplaying the lazy Andre Blatche but he scored 2 in the next game against Oklahoma City, inconsistent.
We all knew this, we all knew our poor depth, lack of role players and overall talent. It’s what will end your playoff series because not everyone plays well each and every night. What was a 50 win team, is now a 45 one.