STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
To say that the Hornets overhauled last year’s roster is an understatement. Gone are the starting point guard, center, power forward, small forward and backup power forward, shooting guard, and center. Yet, with a new owner, a top shooting guard, a couple of high draft picks (including a unibrow), the 2012 Hornets are in prime position to surprise. Under coach Monty Williams, the team spent much of last year grooming players for the future and fell out of playoff contention, posting 25 fewer wins than the previous year. The 21-45 record was not as horrendous as it sounds. Young players such as Xavier Henry, Al-Farouq Aminu and Eric Gordon were able to lay a foundation for the future and the win total yielded the number one overall pick, Anthony Davis. After drafting Davis, Austin Rivers and Darius Miller, the Hornets' busy offseason continued with the acquisitions of Ryan Anderson, Robin Lopez, Hakim Warrick, and Roger Mason Jr. The ultra-young Hornet You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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