10 Things to Help the Hornets Become a Better Team

Calvin ColemanContributor IMay 10, 2009

DENVER - APRIL 29:  David West #30 of the New Orleans Hornets grabs a rebound away from Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 29, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Hornets 107-86 to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals against Dallas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

1. Get David West to attack the rim more. He's too big to always want to shoot that 18 foot jumper. Attack the rim.

2. Tyson Chandler needs to play power forward. Just because he's seven feet tall doesn't make him a center!

3. Julian Wright needs to play more. So what he makes mental mistakes. So does Chris Paul. They just wont admit it! Sometimes players learn by being active, not sitting. With Wright's skill level he can turn it up a notch and help Chris Paul on fast breaks.

4. Chris Paul is only one player. Enough said!

5. If Byron Scott is crying about his players attitude, he should get a nine to five job and see how that works out. When you coach a team you have to take control of the team, not let the team control you.

6. Sign a real shooting guard. I like the way Rasual Butler plays, he's just not a starter. He's more like a sixth man if you ask me. Scoring doesn't equal starting—mental and physical toughness does.

7. Sign a more physical center, one who can open up the lane for Chris and outside jumpers for the team. Then we can move Tyson to power forward. And David West—trade him and get a backup point guard or center for him and cash, if he will not play physical. K-Mart handled him. And Bird Man (look at the picture up top!).

8. Get some kind of movement on the floor. You should never have three three point shooters on the floor at the same time. Peja, Posey, and Butler don't move at all. That leaves you with CP3 running around trying to pull defenders from them and Tyson trying to pick them while he's running around. Doesnt' look or sound good.

9. Move Peja to the bench. Even Steve Kerr came off the bench. He's a sharp shooter, not a defender, and not too clever with the ball. Bring him in when we need a spark or when the opposing teams neck on the line. Let Peja give them the dagger like Kerr, Horry, and Posey do.

10. The bench would be alot better with Butler, Peja, Daniels,Marks, Hilton, rotating in and out. The addition of a better scoring PG and starting SG/SF will help out. (drafting Chris Douglas-Roberts would have helped).

The Hornets need to choose either Posey or Mo Pete. We can't use both, not enough room for all those three point shooters. We need more players who can take their defenders off the dribble, and players who attack the rim.

Looking at the roster, we have more three point shooters than players who attack the rim. Peja, Rasual, Mo, Posey, Brown (not one officially but he does shoot them a lot). All we need are two (Peja, Butler)—the other three can go.

The lineup should look something like either of these two situations:

PG- Chris Paul, SG-Julian Wright, SF-FA/Rookie, PF-Tyson Chandler, C-FA/Rookie


PG-Chris Paul, SG-FA/Rookie, SF-Julian Wright, PF-Tyson Chandler, C-FA/Rookie

I know people won't like a lot of moves here, but we have to realize the pick and roll will not work on every team. I say keep Tyson, just move him to PF. Trade David for a dominate Center, or PG(backup).

That will allow more movement of players with out the ball. It also gives Chris the option to throw the lob to Tyson or give it to the newly acquired Center. It also opens up the floor for Julian Wright to move without the ball using him more as that SF, allowing him attacking the basket.

If we acquire a better shooting guard, one who can take the player of the dribble, the team will be better with just a few moves.

David is more of a liability than help for Chris; he doesn'y move around very often, doesn't set the screen very well, and always looks for that 18 foot jumper.

If he's off on the jumper, it seems he's off on everything else. He's an okay defender. It wouldn't matter if he'd attack the basket more. Being that he will not, and we need the space, I say trade him. We all like him but the series against Denver exposed him.

These are just some of the things they can do. Patience from fans and players is running short. Moves have to be made to shake the somewhat complacent players up!


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