New Orleans Hornets Waive Jared Jordan, Miss Out on Improving at the Point

Ari KramerSenior Analyst IIOctober 27, 2008

Last Wednesday, the New Olreans Hornets decided to waive former Marist College star Jared Jordan.

Sure, Jordan is a point guard, and Chris Paul is the Hornets' floor general—but the Hornets don't have a reliable backup. Mike James is Paul's backup, but he is growing old and has been prone to injury.

Maybe the Hornets cannot imagine James getting hurt in the miniscule amount of minutes he will see, but signing Jordan to a small contract could not hurt New Orleans.

Jordan is a better point guard than James—certainly not better than Paul, but definitely superior to James.

James has only averaged five or more assists per game in one of his seven seasons. Jordan is the type of point guard who can pick up those five assists on a nightly basis, in twenty or fewer minutes. Of course, he wouldn't see that time, but those are the numbers that he is capable of posting.

Byron Scott only played the former Red Fox in two preseason games, and Jordan averaged three points and three assists. A team looking for a second or third string point guard should take interest in Jordan. He won't score, but he knows how to conduct his team and get his teammates involved.

Again, I am surprised that the Hornets did not sign him to a minor deal.

I have a feeling that Jordan will spend this basketball season overseas, and possibly come back for an NBA tryout next October.

For more on Jordan and his past accomplishments, click here.