The New Orleans Hornets have something special in the makings. It could easily be said that whichever team landed the No. 1 overall pick in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes would have found themselves in the same luxurious position.
The Hornets have Davis and a bright young cast of stars that has many labeling the Hornets as a "sleeper" team in the Western Conference.
Fans and analysts around the league are making the bold assertion that the Hornets may even find a way to sneak into the eighth seed in the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
It's too early for those types of dreams.
With former Clipper Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis, the Hornets have an inside-outside tandem that could potentially develop into the kind of duo that anchors a championship team.
It's early to say such things in light of the fact that Davis hasn't yet played his first NBA regular-season game, and Eric Gordon spent most of last season injured.
But optimism should never be quelled due to uncertainty.
If things develop for the Hornets, they could easily be a Cinderella team by next season. It would be eerily reminiscent of their predecessors, the Charlotte Hornets, who built a contender in short time after coming into the league in the 1988-89 season.
They made the playoffs by their fifth season in the league and upset the Boston Celtics. The notion of going from the ground up to a Cinderella team in five seasons is a reasonable expectation for an NBA team.
Young teams do take time to gel into playoff threats, but within three to five seasons, it's quite possible that this New Orleans team begins to shock and upset teams in the postseason.
It all hinges on how Davis develops offensively and if Gordon can remain healthy and become the perennial All-Star that he was on his way to being prior to the knee injury. It's also dependent upon whether the role players can fill their respective niches to complement the Hornets' main two weapons.
Let's look at some reasons Hornets fans can boast that they have the best and most promising young franchise in the Association.