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The 4-spot will be the New Orleans Hornets' biggest trouble position. Free-agent Carl Landry, who put up adequate numbers for the Hornets last year (12.5 PPG and 5.2 RPG), has indicated he does not wish to re-sign this year.
That leaves the power forward slot in a bit of a disarray. Jason Smith, a 7'0" back-up center, could start at the position. He had a nice 2011-12 campaign averaging 9.9 PPG and 4.9 RPG off the bench.
Of course, what you want from a 7'0" player is closer to double digits in rebounds, and it looks like Smith is sorely lacking in that department.
Off the bench, the Hornets may rely on a slightly undersized Al-Farouq Aminu. Aminu's traditional role is small forward, but he proved he could be a strong rebounder in March of last year (he averaged 6.8 boards a game that month).
At times, the Hornets may play the taller Jason Smith at center, and move Anthony Davis to power forward. However, Davis' shot-blocking and athleticism are too valuable not to slate him at center a good percentage of the time.
If anything, the Hornets have some interchangeable parts at the power forward and center positions. Besides Davis, those parts are average. But if Davis and Gordon have monster years, the Hornets could still be a .500 team in the Western Conference.