Hornets Season Review: Carl Landry

(Carl Landry)

Waking up on the 23rd of February, Hornets fans were pondering what move Hornets GM Dell Demps would make towards the trade deadline. We knew something was up because people in the know said prepare yourselves. Well on that morning fans awoke to news that their beloved Marcus Thornton was heading to Sacramento for forward Carl Landry.

Instantly people, myself included, were viciously upset. We were getting rid of a shooting-guard that could finally compliment Chris Paul in the back court. We had that and let it go, yet after a while we all began to embrace him.

His fighting spirit, determination, work ethic, all of it made it easy to embrace him. It wasn’t just that either, he gave the Hornets serious depth off the bench, a scoring option. Yet, that was what we had with Thornton, and it still kind of sucks to think about.

Finding true scoring options at the power-forward position is much more difficult than finding one at the 2-guard. As Dell Demps said, if you see a talented big man, you jump at him.

And that’s what we will do, over the jump…

Best Game (As A Hornet)

Landry was trying to work his way into the rotation with New Orleans, trying to learn on the fly when the Sacramento Kings came to town. This was a big game for New Orleans as many fans had scrutinized the trade noting that Landry still wasn’t worth our Buckets. This one put those doubters a little bit at ease showcasing how important he is to building depth for the Hornets. He also showed his former coaches what they were missing out on as he put up 20 points on 10 shots, went to the free throw line 11 times (hitting 10)(!) a couple of steals and a couple of blocked shots.

I wouldn’t exactly say it was a pivotal point in his time as a Hornet, because West would go down forcing Landry into the starting lineup. I think though it showcased exactly the kind of role he’ll be playing if he’s resigned. That night he played 35 minutes demonstrating to himself that if he resigns he’ll get playing time and have a big role.

For me this game made me realize just how great Landry will make the Hornets if both he and David West are retained.

Things To Work On

At this point in his career Landry is pretty set in his ways. He’s a terrific scorer, a decent shooter, a decent defender, a good offensive rebounder and a below average defensive one (how does that work…?). There are some things though that he needs to work on if he is to return to the Hornets. The number one things is just getting more familiar with his team-mates which is kind of a natural, developing thing.

The main aspect to work on though is to improve his consistency and scoring punch off the bench. I find it very difficult to critique Landry because having said he needs to work on his consistency, he’s already pretty solid at that. I just feel like working on the little things, the minute, under the radar type of things will go a long way to really becoming a big player for the Hornets.

Looking Back On History

Let’s take a glance at Landry’s stats over his career and with the Hornets:

So looking at his career it appears he’s really decreasing in production. I think that’s because he has never been on a team with a clear, defined role. With the Rockets he had that and was a sixth man of the year candidate. We can see that Landry began to work his way back towards the highly efficient player he once was. His Win shares took a major bounce back, so too his eFG%. The only category which he faired worse in was his offensive rebounding. I’m not quite sure why this is, but New Orleans was a hopeless offensive rebounding unit last season, which is something Landry will need to bring.

Hopefully if Landry can recapture that form he had with the Rockets and replicate it for New Orleans, then we have ourselves on heck of a Power-Forward.

Contract Situation

Oh boy, what to say about this? Carl Landry is a terrific ball player, many teams around the league know this and will probably be after his services. Those teams though, will most likely be middling ball clubs that won’t make the playoffs. Landry’s role in New Orleans is clear and a really big one. What he brings off the bench is vital to our success.

An even bigger point is that David West will be in recovering for much of the start of the season (if there is one). Landry filled in very nicely when David went down and the position wasn’t the weakness it would have been had we not gone and traded for him.

I hope that Carl reads this (I know he won’t), and I hope he realizes that folks in New Orleans love him. Some have even embraced him as their favorite player, which took the big man by surprise, “The city definitely showed its love,” Landry said. “That’s something that makes a player who is going all out every game feel very good. They were really behind the team 100 percent. It’s really an uplifting city and a family type of environment. So hopefully this city will be the future of the Hornets.”

If Landry is offered a 6 million a year contract he should take it and accept his role. In fact that’s quite a nice deal for him. It is a touchy situation, but perhaps Carl realizes that something special is brewing in New Orleans.

Moving Forward

Priority number one for Dell Demps is to resign both David West AND Carl Landry. Doing so would solidify a core group of players, and it won’t jeopardise the start of the next season in the event that West isn’t healthy. As for Landry, he’s a terrific player and I hope he decides to settle down in New Orleans. He’s a Milwaukee, small-town guy, so the cities intimacy and personality should appeal to him. That being said, anything is possible (as Kevin Garnett lightly puts it). It wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for him to leave and move on to the next stage in his career, even if that would be a step back and not one forward.

Season Grade: (Measured in Awesome to the Max’s)

3 out of 5.

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Topics: Carl Landry, Chris Paul, David West, Dell Demps, New Orleans Hornets

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  • lucas

    This player is essential. More than technique, he showed a lot of heart and attitude as a member of the Hornets. To re-sign Landry should be a priority of our franchise. I hope he stays with us and help us build something really special. Hornets’ fans already love Carl Landry.

    • http://swarmandsting.com James Grayson

      Thanks for the comment again Lucas. You’re spot on, Landry is essential to the Hornets future success.

      I don’t know about you, but I’m fed up with listening to all these whining, negative Hornets fans that are the exact reason why people don’t think the franchise won’t work in New Orleans. Instead of constructively trying to talk about alternative options they just say, “Nup, he won’t be retained, nup the team is moving I’m not going to buy season tickets, Nup, Nup, Nup.”

      I think people might know exactly who I am referring to.

      Thanks for your support Lucas, it’s always great to hear your opinions.

      • lucas

        Exactly, James. I am an optimist. I think our team is good and I think we have a GM who can make some things happen. We need an owner for the team. And I’m always hoping for that to happen. Something good awaits us.

      • dathrone

        I think 1st we have an excellent chance of keeping Paul which is the major crossroad right now for this franchise.

        I think the West will be taking a down turn. The Lakers will most likely be looking if not to rebuild, re-tool. The Mavs won’t be able to re-sign a lot of there key guys(Honestly Didn’t really think they were a championship level team this year anyways. I felt like they got some good breaks with teams beating themsevles). As long as Westbrook can’t play within himself the Thunders aren’t going anywhere. Lastly the Spurs core is too old.

        We have some solid players with good contracts. We only have one bad contract that hopefully we can get rid of. If it’s Landry, West or both at the 4 we will need more size/athleticism at the 5. We’re an athletic big, 2 guard that can create his own shot, and a healthy season away from WCF or Finals.

  • nikkoewan

    yes landry is very important if we are going to retain the magic from last season. As i suggested, if Landry can resign ehere and recapture his old Houston flame? This team – as currently constructed – is at least a 50 win team. The question then becomes, are we a championship contender? No. Because we’d need a significant upgrade at the 2 spot and backup 3. but overall, i think Demps is doing pretty great with his job. :)

    • http://swarmandsting.com James Grayson

      You’re right nikkoewan. This off-season will be telling for Demps. He needs to be patient and actually make some kind of noise, even if it isn’t much. Resigning West and Landry should be their prerogative.

      Thanks for the comment!

      • nikkoewan

        agreed. Demps should be patient. Not be too aggressive because in doing so, he might miss out on the big thing. Patience is a must.

    • dathrone

      We need to focus at the center position. If defense will be what we rest our hats on we need a big that will anchor the paint. This should be our priority.

      Next would be acquiring a off guard. One who can create his own shot. Even though I feel we can get away with Marco @the 2 if he can hit his shot more consistently.

      I think we’re good at the 3. Pondexter has shown flashes of being special. Unlike Scott, Williams is a teacher so I expect to see Q-Pon take a big step next year(If there’s a next year).

      • lucas

        I also think that Quincy is a very useful player for our team. With Monty, Quincy will evolve. However, I still think we need a SG urgently. My favorite name is KEVIN MARTIN. I think this guy has the ideal game for the Hornets. The problem is how can we hire him. Belinelli as SG starter freaks me out. You just can not believe this will work.

  • dathrone

    This situation was bitter sweet. Hated the fact the trade costed us Thorton, but loved what Landry gave us. Especially after West went down he helped right the ship. Also if on the off chance West does opt out of his last year, and sign somewhere else that would be even more incentive for Landry to re-sign with us. This gives Demps option and leverage which is always a good thing. Love West want him back, but I can live with Landry in the starting line up next year.

    • http://swarmandsting.com James Grayson

      So can I, but if we West walks and we resign Landry, we better make a big time splash somewhere else. West walking would effectively mean Chris Paul leaves because of the two (West and Paul) it’s more likely Paul leaves… But resigning both is the top priority.

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