The last few years of New Orleans basketball have been trying for fans. The team traded superstar Chris Paul for a guard who has played a combined 51 games the past two seasons (Eric Gordon), a forward who fell out of favor with the head coach early last season and still hasn't quite put it all together (Al-Farouq Aminu) and a center who played just 47 games in a Hornets uniform (Chris Kaman). Things got worse when the lottery pick acquired in the trade turned out to be Austin Rivers, whose rookie season was one of the worst in NBA history before he succumbed to a broken hand and was shelved in mercy.
This season will mark a new era in New Orleans. First and foremost, the nickname
. Things are looking up for the team on the court as well. All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday was acquired from the 76ers for Nerlens Noel and a 20
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