Team analysis: New Orleans Hornets

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