NBA: James Posey Solidifies Inconsistent New Orleans Hornets' Bench

Gem JeffersonSenior Analyst IJuly 17, 2008

The New Orleans Hornets make a splash in the free agent market agreeing on a four-year, 25 million deal with former Boston Celtics' forward James Posey.

Posey won his second NBA Championship with the Celtics last season, and the Hornets hope he can bring that same magic to New Orleans.

Posey averaged 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in the regular season and 6.7 points and 3.6 rebounds during the playoffs last season, but his contributions could not be measured in the box score.

The 6-foot-8 small forward contributed with stellar on-ball defense and clutch three-pointers, a role backup point guard Jannero Pargo assumed against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Semi-Finals.

The acquisition sures up an often inconsistent bench, adding more experience, shooting, and defense to an otherwise young squad. 

Bonzi Wells and Jannero Pargo were key contributors that are currently free agents.  The Hornets are expected to keep Pargo, but with Posey now on-board and a breakout season for Julian Wright, Wells becomes an expendable piece.

But even with Posey teaming up with the MVP runner-up, Chris Paul, and All-Star forward, David West, the Hornets may still be too undersized to take the West from a healthy Los Angeles Lakers or San Antonio Spurs squad.

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However, the 31-year-old veteran undoubtedly makes the Hornets a better team.  The young players are a year wiser and a year stronger, and with Chris Paul running the show, anything is possible.

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