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Team analysis: New Orleans Hornets

by on Sep.17, 2010, under Team analysis

Chris Paul and Darren Collison

There will be no more of this tomfoolery going on this season, and that's good news for CP3. (Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images)

Depth chart:
PG: Chris Paul, Mustafa Shakur, D.J. Strawberry
SG: Marcus Thornton, Willie Green, Marco Belinelli
SF: Trevor Ariza, Peja Stojakovic, Quincy Pondexter
PF: David West
C: Emeka Okafor, Jason Smith, Aaron Gray, Darryl Watkins

Relevant fantasy players and projected draft positions/per-game stats:
Chris Paul – PG (Rd. 1): 21 Pts, 1 three, 4 Reb, 11 Ast, 2 Stl
David West - PF (Rd. 3-4): 18 Pts, 8 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk
Trevor Ariza – G/F (Rd. 5-7): 16 Pts, 2 threes, 6.5 Reb, 3.5 Ast, 2 Stl
Marcus Thornton - SG (Rd. 6-7): 15 Pts, 2 threes, 3.5 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 1 Stl
Emeka Okafor - C (Rd. 10-11):  11 Pts, 10.5 Reb, 2 Blk
Peja Stojakovic - G/F (Rd. 13+): 9 Pts, 1.5 threes, 3 Reb
Marco Belinelli – SG (Rd. 13+): 7.5 Pts, 1 three

Sleeper:
Belinelli

Most likely to surprise:
Okafor

Most likely to disappoint:
West

Category specialists:

  • Threes: Thornton, Ariza
  • Steals: Ariza
  • Blocks: Okafor

Things to watch:

  • unlikely waiver-wire value if a starter gets hurt on this thin roster
  • if playing alongside Paul can boost Ariza‘s FG%
  • how West fares in a much-improved starting lineup

Team’s statistical NBA ranks from 2009-10:

  • Pts: 17th
  • FGM: T6th
  • FGA: 9th
  • FG%: 13th
  • FT%: 7th
  • 3PTM: 9th
  • Reb: 25th
  • Ast: T7th
  • TO: 9th
  • Stl: T9th
  • Blk: T28th

Fantasy-friendliness for 2010-11: B

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