Fantasy Basketball Team Analysis: 2011-12 New Orleans Hornets

Chris Paul

The Hornets' list of free agents is this long. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Depth chart:

PG: Chris Paul, Jarrett Jack, Marcus Banks*

SG: Marco Belinelli**, Willie Green*

SF: Trevor Ariza, Quincy Pondexter, Patrick Ewing Jr.

PF: David West*, Carl Landry*, Jason Smith*, David Andersen

C: Emeka Okafor, Aaron Gray*, DJ Mbenga*

* unrestricted free agent

** restricted free agent

Relevant fantasy players and their projected draft positions/per-game stats:

- Chris Paul, PG (Rd. 1): 48% FG, 85% FT, 1 Three, 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 10 Ast, 2.3 Stl, 2.5 TO

- David West, PF (Rd. 5): 50% FG, 85% FT, 18.5 Pts, 7.5 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 1 Stl, 0.8 Blk, 2 TO

- Trevor Ariza, SG/SF (Rd. 8): 40% FG, 70% FT, 1.3 Threes, 13.5 Pts, 5.5 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 1.7 Stl, 0.5 Blk, 2 TO

- Emeka Okafor, C (Rd. 9): 55% FG, 57% FT, 12 Pts, 10 Reb, 0.5 Ast, 0.7 Stl, 1.7 Blk, 2 TO

- Marco Belinelli, SG (Rd. 13+): 43% FG, 80% FT, 1.5 Threes, 10 Pts, 1.5 Reb, 1 Ast, 0.5 Stl, 1 TO

- Jarrett Jack, PG/SG (Rd. 13+): 40% FG, 85% FT, 0.3 Threes, 9 Pts, 2 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 0.5 Stl, 1 TO

Sleeper:

Jack

Most likely to surprise:

Okafor

Most likely to disappoint:

Paul

Category specialists:

- Threes: Belinelli

- Steals: Paul, Ariza

Things to consider:

- Paul’s health

- West’s free-agency status

- who the Hornets can re-sign and add to their roster

Team’s statistical NBA ranks from 2010-11:

- Pts: 27th

- FGM: 26th

- FGA: T-26th

- FG%: 18th

- FT%: 15th

- 3PTM: T-22nd

- Reb: T-24th

- Ast: T-21st

- TO: T-1st

- Stl: T-8th

- Blk: T-20th

- Pace: 29th

- Offensive Efficiency: 19th

- Defensive Efficiency: T-8th

Fantasy-friendliness for 2011-12: D+

Bonus:

Chris Paul sings