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Will the new youth prevail in the Bayou?
New Orleans Hornets
The deal is finally over, CP3 has moved on to the West Coast, and as the trade smoked cleared, the Hornets found themselves with plenty to look forward too.
The blockbuster trade brought them one of the best scorers in the game in Eric Gordon, a superstar in the making. Gordon will provide the team with 20 plus points per night and a lot of great highlights to go along with that. At 22, he has a lot of growth in his game, but New Orleans better lock him up as soon as they can.
In Al-Farouq Aminu, the Hornets have their small forward of the future who needs to polish up parts of his game and become less turnover-prone. He is a great athlete who gets up and down the floor with ease, and should get better as he gets stronger.
Chris Kaman is the elder statesman of the bunch at 29, and will bring solid offense from the center position. Kaman is very strong at going to the basket with his solid footwork and ability to use both hands to finish at the rim.
It will be interesting to see how he co-exists with current center Emeka Okafor. If Kaman can stay healthy, the Hornets might decide to move Okafor and address the other team needs or use Kaman as the bait.
The kicker to this deal is the 2012 Minnesota T-Wolves first-round draft pick. What's likely is that the T-Wolves won't make the playoffs, and with last year's talented class coming out of college, the Hornets will be able to draft another blue chip prospect.