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After the Chris Paul trade, it was widely believed that the New Orleans Hornets would suffer from lack of depth in the backcourt, specifically at the 1. Well, the Bees have yet to sport their starting backcourt, and it has yet to be a problem.
Its because of depth.
The trade for Greivis Vasquez is arguably the biggest reason for this. He plays with a flair and confidence that is key off the bench. Although his stat lines thus far (10 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL; and 6 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL) are modest, the way Vasquez has come in and kept the offense running smoothly while providing the timely basket and solid D is nothing short of admirable.
The play of Jarrett Jack is the other reason the Hornets should be comfortable in the backcourt. Before the season, people wondered if Jack could be a competent starter at the 1. He answered that loud and clear with a Paul-esque game against the Celtics (21 PTS, 9 AST, 4 REB, 1 STL, 2 BLK). While I don't expect Jack to maintain averages that mirror those stats, 16 points and seven assists per game is certainly not outside the realm of expectations.
As the fourth backcourt option, Marco Belinelli's play has been about what is expected of him. He's a deep threat; he only needs to maintain averages of around 12 points per game while shooting 40 percent from downtown to keep coaches happy. And thus far, it appears he can.
So the Hornets backcourt will start Jack at the 1 and Eric Gordon, the team's horse, at the 2. They will be backed up by Vasquez and Belinelli, respectively. The beauty, though, is that fans can expect JJ and EG to be used at both spots. This makes the Hornets sufficiently three-deep at both positions.
Size will sometimes be an issue, but I see no reason that this is not a playoff-caliber backcourt for the Bees.