Wednesday , Jun , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

New Orleans Hornets 2005 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – The New Orleans Hornets had a dismal 2004-05 campaign, as
they won just 18 games and finished in the cellar in the Southwest Division.

The Hornets traded their best player at the deadline, as they sent guard Baron
Davis to the Golden State Warriors for guard Speedy Claxton and center/forward
Dale Davis, who was waived. New Orleans has become a team that is entering the
rebuilding mode.

Center Jamaal Magloire, who missed 59 games during the regular season, is a
solid player to have in the middle. He averaged 11.7 points and 8.9 rebounds
in 23 games in 2004-05. The Kentucky product was an All-Star in the 2003-04
season.

Veteran forward P.J Brown, who scored 10.8 points per game, gives New Orleans
a strong rebounder (9.0 rpg) who can score down low, while guard J.R. Smith
averaged 10.3 points in his rookie season. Smith had a strong finish to the
season and will see his playing time increase at high rate next year.

Claxton and Dan Dickau currently share the point guard duties. Both are decent
players, but are more suited to be backups.

The Hornets have plenty of holes to fill. Illinois point guard Deron Williams
would solve one of the problems. Williams plays more like a point guard than
Davis, who thinks shot first. New Orleans should have the chance to land its
point guard of the future with the fourth overall pick.

Key Player(s): P.J. Brown (Forward), Speedy Claxton (Guard), Dan Dickau
(Guard), Jamaal Magloire (Center), J.R. Smith (Guard).

Team Needs: Starting point guard, small forward and depth at all positions.

Draft picks: 1st round (4th overall), 2nd round (33rd overall).

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