2007 New Orleans Hornets Season Preview
2007 New Orleans Hornets preview from the Maddux Sports experts. In addition to the free seasonal outlooks we provide, Maddux offers NBA predictions against the NBA pointspread throughout the hoops season.
The New Orleans Hornets did not move to Oklahoma City, as many expected; instead, they decided to come back to New Orleans and create themselves anew. Through the draft and free agency, the Hornets have added some much needed scoring with veteran free agent Morris Peterson (.429 FG%, .359 3P%, .683 FT%, 3.3 RPG, 0.7 APG, 8.9 PPG) and draft pick Julian Wright, a forward from Kansas.
Guard David West (.476 FG%, .320 3P%, .824 FT%, 8.2 RPG, 2.2 APG, 18.3 PPG) starts his fifth NBA season as one of the Hornets’ premiere players. West is a consistent double-double guy who can hit from the outside. Veteran forward Peja Stojakovic (.423 FG%, .405 3P%, .816 FT%, 4.2 RPG, 0.8 APG, 17.8 PPG), now starting his tenth year, is coming off a major injury. Stojakovic played only 13 games last season; this club can really use him in 2007- 2008. Tyson Chandler (.624 FG%, .000 3P%, .527 FT%, 12.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 9.5 PPG), who came to the Hornets from the Bulls in a trade prior to the 2006- 2007 season, is a tough middleman. Julien Wright, who was drafted this season, is a good addition to the front this season.
In the backcourt, Chris Paul (.437 FG%, .350 3P%, .818 FT%, 4.4 RPG, 8.9 APG, 17.3 PPG), who missed 18 games last season, is a quality point man who can hit from all over the court. Paul possesses fine hands and can see the entire court. The addition of free agent Peterson could be a major factor this year.
If this team can stay healthy, they will be competitive in the very tough Southwest Division. With a good defense, a better-than-average offense and some solid coaching, the New Orleans Hornets will win their share of games. The fact is that this is a team that is overall well equipped to contend. But New Orleans is still a superstar away from going deep into the post-season; they may make it to the tournament but if they do, expect an early exit. Look for them to win around 45 games.