If you bought stock in the 2012-13 New Orleans Hornets (or Pelicans) in the preseason, you're probably noticing some mixed results after the season's first month. A combination of inspired play from a select few as well as some untimely injuries have left New Orleans with a measly 5-11 record entering their Dec. 5 showdown with the Lakers.
The Hornets have been without star guard Eric Gordon all season. Gordon suffered a setback in his recovery from knee surgery, and the team is still awaiting his triumphant return. Also, No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis has joined Gordon on the team's injury report thanks to a bum ankle.
Hornets head coach Monty Williams told NOLA.com's John Reid that Davis is still "a week away from us thinking about ramping up his conditioning; let alone playing." The former Wildcat standout has played in just six games this season, missing eight games so far with an ankle injury after being forced to sit out two games earlier in the year with a concussion.
Davis is still the team's second-leading scorer with 16 points per game, and he leads the team in rebounding and blocked shots. A healthy Davis has been one of the few bright spots for this Hornets team along with point guard Greivis Vasquez, who is having a career year and is averaging 13 points and 8.7 assists a contest.
Vasquez and Davis are a couple examples of Hornets whose stocks are on the rise. There have also been others who are still a little slow getting out of the gate.
Here's a look at which Hornets are rising and falling after the season's opening month.