This kind of goes without saying, but the New Orleans Hornets are a team that needs to make a big splash in the draft. With two picks in the first 10, the Hornets need to add a ton of talent to a team that saw their star leave town and subsequently took a nosedive into the gutter of the Western Conference.
In this past truncated season, the Hornets finished dead last in the West, going 21-45. They have both the first and 10th overall selections in the draft and with them, they need to get two stars.
It's a no-brainer that they will pick Anthony Davis with the first pick. The kid is a total game-changer the minute he steps onto the court. His length will make an immediate impact on defense for a team that ranked eighth in the league in points allowed per game, and his offensive game isn't terrible, either.
It does take big men a little more time to adjust to the NBA than guards, but Davis is the kind of guy who can add 10 wins to a team right off the bat.
With the 10th pick, they have to get a guard. I know that it's a bit of a stretch because I personally did not think that he should have left school after only one season, but Austin Rivers could be the guy for the Hornets. He can add immediate offense to a team that finished 29th in the league in points per game; not to mention, he could become the next franchise point guard after the Hornets lost Chris Paul before the season.
By drafting these two players, the Hornets could set themselves up with a tandem that could lead them back to relevance and be the shining stars for the team for the next decade.