New Orleans Hornets: Why This Disappointing 2012 Season Was Expected
This is a team that lost its two best players in the offseason. All-Star players David West and Chris Paul each left the team after contributing in a major way for the past few years. The simple fact that the Hornets lost the organization's two biggest playmakers speaks volumes about how the 2012 season was going to go.
We also have to include the fact that the NBA was in a lockout until Dec. 8 and that gave limited time for a young Hornets team to get ready for the season.
They were able to get talented players from the Los Angeles Clippers in the CP3 deal, but there is no chemistry in New Orleans whatsoever. The players the Hornets picked up include Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu, but there was no time for these players to get acclimated with their Hornets teammates.
It is also obvious these players were unhappy to be in New Orleans from the beginning.
The Hornets had some talent before these three guys came to town. Players like Jarrett Jack, Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza were already on the Hornets' roster and they have played pretty well in 2012, but New Orleans still lacks a guy that can take over games.
We can even look back before the trade was done between the Clippers and Hornets. How about the initial trade that was established between the Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets? The Lakers would have gotten Paul, the Rockets would have gotten Pau Gasol and the Hornets would have ended up Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin and Luis Scola.
This is a completely different deal and we will honestly never know what would have happened, but we can look at what is currently going on in the NBA and make some assumptions.
Has the Hornets' performance in 2012 surprised you?
Paul is still gone, but the Hornets would have had Martin and Scola, who are currently leading the Rockets in scoring and have them contending in the NBA Southwest. New Orleans would have received these two playmakers instead of an injury-prone Eric Gordon and Chris Kaman, who is currently on the trading block.
The fact the first deal the Hornets worked out did not happen foreshadowed what kind of season this club was going to have. Nothing is going the Hornets' way in 2012.
Most people expected the Hornets to go into a rebuilding season, a season in which most of the team was going to be overhauled and the Hornets were going to depend on their young talent and few veterans to lead them. A lot of people expected to see a bit of a letdown from the Hornets.
While nobody likely thought New Orleans would come into this season and compete for a NBA title or even a playoff spot, I doubt people anticipated the Hornets would be quite this bad.
The Hornets have the worst record in the Western Conference and do not look to be playing much better. It looks as if two of the three players they got in the CP3 trade will be gone after this season, and the unprotected pick that originally belonged to the Minnesota Timberwolves looks as if it may not be as high as we all hoped.
The Hornets were not expected to do much this season, and the performance of the team has not been much of a shock. I believe everything that has happened off the court has signaled just how bad the 2012 season has been for the Hornets.
Luckily for New Orleans, there is always next year, and 2013 cannot be nearly as bad as this season has been, right?
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