When David Stern walks to the podium on Thursday night and announces that Anthony Davis is the newest member of the New Orleans Hornets, the Hornets' front office will have taken the first step in the rebuilding process by adding a potentially dominant star to their front court. But while the Hornets will take a collective deep breath after Davis puts on the Hornets cap and shakes the commissioner's hand, they continue to face an even more difficult problem: how will the team replace Emeka Okafor at center?
Okafor was traded to the Washington Wizards last week as part of an effort to reduce the Hornets' salary cap obligations, freeing the team up in their rebuilding process. Okafor's departure leaves a giant 6'10" hole in the Hornets' roster, and while the team will struggle to make up for his lifetime averages of 12.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game, the more important challenge the Hornets will face is what to do about the center position. With Okafor's exit and the free agency of Chris Kaman, the Hornets are left without a true center.
While Okafor's well-rounded game will be difficult to replace, the Hornets have a number of options available to them in finding a new starting center, perhaps none more valuable than the 10th pick in the draft that they possess in addition to their first overall pick.
Here we look at five options that the Hornets' front office will likely consider in finding their starting center for the 2012-13 season.