The New Orleans Hornets are a nice collection of young talent, but which ones are worth hanging onto and which ones are just roster filler? With the team a long shot to make the playoffs this season, the focus must turn to trimming the fat and building around a core of potential stars.
The Hornets got off to a slow start, going 6-23 in their first 29 games. On Dec. 29, the team welcomed back star shooting guard Eric Gordon from a knee injury and, since then, have gone 7-3 (as of Jan. 17). The team is 6-3 so far in January, with four of those wins coming against last year's playoff teams (Dallas, San Antonio, Philadelphia and Boston, with all but the Spurs victory coming on the road).
Even with the hot start to 2013, the Hornets still find themselves 7.5 games behind Houston for the Western Conference's eighth seed. New Orleans' recent play is inspiring and it gives fans hope going forward, but it might be too late. The team must continue to grow and get a better understanding of what needs to be addressed this offseason.
To help get a better grasp of the team's needs, we're going to play fact or fiction with each member of the Hornets roster. The statement at hand is "(Insert Name Here) is someone the Hornets should build around."
If the statement applied to the player is a fact, that means he is someone worth keeping going forward. If it's fiction, it means the player is a glorified seat-filler and can easily be replaced.
Let's take a closer look at the 13-26 New Orleans Hornets.