Monday , Jun , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

New Orleans Hornets 2004 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – Byron Scott is the new head coach for the New Orleans
Hornets. He inherits a team that has two All-Stars, center Jamaal Magloire and
point guard Baron Davis.

Scott, who had led the New Jersey Nets to consecutive appearances in the NBA
Finals before being fired during last season, replaces Tim Floyd. New Orleans
was eliminated in seven games by the Miami Heat in the first round of this
year’s postseason under the leadership of Floyd.

New Orleans was plagued by various injuries throughout the season. Forward
Jamal Mashburn, who did not play in the postseason, played just 19 games,
while shooting guard in David Wesley missed 21 games due to injury.

Magloire, who made his first All-Star game, had a breakout season. He averaged
13.6 points and 10.3 rebounds and showed that he is headed towards becoming
one of the top big men in the league.

The 25-year-old Davis led the Hornets in scoring (22.9 ppg) and assists (7.5
apg), while power forward P.J Brown played tough defense and averaged 10.5
points and 8.6 rebounds.

The Hornets have a nice nucleus with Magloire, Davis, Brown, Mashburn and
Wesley. When healthy, New Orleans can play with any team in the NBA. With the
18th overall selction, the Hornets could be looking at picking a high school
or foreign player that needs time to develop their skills.

Key Player(s): P.J. Brown (forward), Baron Davis (guard), Jamaal Magloire
(center), Jamal Mashburn (forward), David Wesley (guard), David West

Team Needs: Youth and depth.

Draft picks: 1st round (18th overall), 2nd round (44th overall).