From top to bottom, the New Orleans Hornets are a team with a promising future and an intriguing present. Led by guard Eric Gordon and No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis, the Hornets have the talent to compete for a playoff spot as early as this upcoming season.
The revamped roster, which includes seven new faces, is a stark contrast from the floundering franchise that finished with the worst record in the Western Conference last season. The addition of Davis as well as fellow rookie Austin Rivers and prized acquisition Ryan Anderson has instilled hope in a team and city that looked lost in the wake of the Chris Paul trade.
General manager Dell Demps did an extraordinary job of clearing cap space while also adding young talent that will grow with the team as they develop into a legit title contender. Once guys like Davis and Rivers become better acclimated to the pros, the Hornets will have a strong young core to build around.
The roster currently stands at 14 players deep. Of that group, only guard Brian Roberts and rookie forward Darius Miller are signed to non-guaranteed deals. With the preseason underway and the regular season approaching, it will be interesting to see how the roster takes shape going forward.
For now, we will rank the 14 players on the roster from worst to best to give you a better understanding of this year's Hornets team. Guys like Solomon Alabi, Chris Wright and Dominique Morrison (who were signed to the training camp roster earlier this month) were not included in the rankings because they are long shots to make the cut.
Here are the preseason player rankings for the 2012-13 New Orleans Hornets.