The New Orleans Hornets spent this summer completely revamping a team that finished 21-45 last season. In fact, shooting guard Eric Gordon is the only member from last season's opening-day starting five who will return this year, and he only played nine games for the team last season.
The new-look Hornets are younger, more athletic and have significantly more potential than the team that plodded its way to a .318 winning percentage a year ago. Veterans like Emeka Okafor, Jarrett Jack and Trevor Ariza were sent packing and replaced with a new regime led by No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis.
In 2011, the Hornets were a league-owned franchise forced to trade away its cornerstone in point guard Chris Paul.
In 2012, New Orleans is under new ownership and have been among the league's most active teams this summer with deals for big men like Robin Lopez and Ryan Anderson as well as their most recent signing of veteran shooting guard Roger Mason.
All of the new pieces give head coach Monty Williams a lot of options in terms of how he can attack opposing teams. The rotation has quite a bit of positional flexibility, and that kind of versatility will allow Williams to go with a number of different lineups.
Here, now, are five ways that Monty Williams can maximize his new-look franchise.