The New Orleans Hornets sit in the gutter of the NBA’s Southwest Division. It has been a painful season for the Hornets, as coach Monty Williams has had to juggle his lineup game in and game out to deal with constant injuries.
Eric Gordon hasn’t been able to stay on the court—the most consecutive games he’s played this season is six. Rookie Austin Rivers is likely out for the year after breaking a bone in his right hand, and No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Davis has missed time due to knee and shoulder issues.
A lack of depth has made this a long season for Hornets fans. When the starters go down or have poor outings, bench play is a crucial ingredient for success. The Hornets haven’t had consistent production from the bench, except for Ryan Anderson.
With their season in disarray and no hope for the playoffs, New Orleans will be trying to end the season on a high note. That means players bringing the same intensity as if they’re headed to the postseason, with each player polishing his overall game for next season.
Here’s what to watch for as the season winds down.