The New Orleans Hornets spent the offseason building a young team with extraordinary depth at each position. They are a collection of talent with versatile moving parts and they will be able to attack teams with any number of different lineups.
The team's newfound versatility makes it tough to get a consistent read on who will be playing where when the season starts. Will No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis be playing center (like he did in college) or power forward (where he's more naturally suited)? What about prized acquisition Ryan Anderson? The sweet-shooting big man can play either forward spot or center in a pinch.
Then, there's the team's other exciting rookie, Austin Rivers. Rivers played shooting guard at Duke, but the team will like to see if he can be a viable option at point guard. When you throw in newcomers such as Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick, it would appear the Hornets have an answer for any look opponents choose to throw at them.
The depth chart picture will become clearer once preseason ends and the games actually count. As it stands, the Hornets are 2-0 in the preseason so far. They edged out Orlando in Mexico City in the preseason opener and then, most recently, throttled the Charlotte Bobcats.
While the Hornets' lineup continues to take shape, we're going to break down the depth chart by position and hand out grades. The grades are based on both preseason performance as well as in-season expectations.
Also, since the starting lineup can go in any number of directions, the grades are based on how I believe the depth chart will inevitably fall into place. For example, Anthony Davis might be listed on some depth charts as the team's starting center. I have him grouped with the power forwards. Austin Rivers, meanwhile, will be factored into both guard position grades.
Here is a look at the 2012-13 New Orleans Hornets' revamped depth chart.