There’s a big, huge, gaping hole left at the shooting-guard position by Marcus Thornton when he was traded away for Carl Landry. The Hornets, stupidly thinking that Marco Belinelli was a good starter, moved along. Now, this off season, the Hornets need to find a shooting guard to help Chris Paul in the back-court.
We’ve already discussed that Marco Belinelli is nothing more than a back-up (he better be) and that Jarrett Jack works nicely with Chris Paul. A matter of money, playing time and championship aspirations then comes into play when looking for fresh-blood.
If we look back at the 2008 playoff team the Hornets surrounded Paul with relatively capable scorers and shooters. Remember Morris Peterson and Peja Stojakovic? Well, before they broke down they could actually help him by converting when given the ball in space.
With Trevor Ariza taking up the small-forward position it is essential, a must, for the Hornets to find a scorer at the two-guard spot. If they don’t then they are doomed as a flawed roster.
The options out there aren’t bountiful. J.R. Smith and Nick Young spring to mind, but because there’s so few free-agents available at the position their price-tag is likely to sky-rocket.
So, what do you think the Hornets should do? Maybe a trade, maybe just stick with mediocrity and lose Chris Paul?