New Orleans Hornets: Why the Hornets Must Re-Sign Eric Gordon

Nikhil DilipCorrespondent IIIApril 5, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 04:  Eric Gordon #10 of the New Orleans Hornets drives the ball around Kenneth Faried #35 of the Denver Nuggets at New Orleans Arena on April 4, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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After giving up Chris Paul, Eric Gordon is really the only star that the Hornets have on their roster. As fans and the Hornets organization wait for Carl Landry and Al-Farouq Aminu to fully develop, the team sits at dead last in the Southwest division.

Coming over from Toronto, Jarrett Jack has been a bright spot for the team, filling in well for Chris Paul. While he's no Paul, the point guard has averaged nearly 16 points and a tad over six assists per game.

The Hornets, owned by the league, are in jeopardy of leaving New Orleans, but buyers still always seem close to purchasing the team. Owners love stars, and if Eric Gordon leaves the team, the Hornets will probably be without a star to attract future owners.

The Hornets will likely land a top-three pick in the draft, and they should pick either Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Thomas Robinson.

Sure the rookie will be good, but a team that consists of a guy yet to play an NBA game and a bunch of role players will not be attractive to a buyer.

Gordon is rumored to be thinking about Indiana, and his addition to the Pacers would make them a feared force in the Eastern conference.

Considering he's a small scorer, Gordon would play well with Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist or Robinson ( and just about any rookie but Bradley Beal, who's a clone of Gordon), and the two of them would help lead the Hornets through their rebuilding phase and into the post-Paul era.