2010 NBA Draft: The Hornets Are in the Lottery, So Now What?

March 21st, 2010 by Matt Gelfand Leave a reply »
After Saturday night's 106-86 embarrassment at the hands of the Utah Jazz, the New Orleans Hornets (33-38, 9.5 games behind Portland for the final playoff spot) have basically established themselves as a lottery team.  

This is a GOOD thing, assuming the same scouting and front office team that thought highly enough of Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton in last year's draft is still intact this year.  

GM Jeff Bower has also made notions about the return of Chris Paul in the coming week, but has also hinted that nothing has yet to be set in stone.  

I hope Bower is thinking what I'm thinking.

With 11 games left to go in an essentially lost season, bringing back Paul will (I assume) be worth at least two-to-three extra wins.  Do we really need those extra wins?  

At this point, no.  

Certainly don't rush the man back.  If anything, insert him into the lineup for the final home game of the season, so fans can see him on the court, and remember how much he actually means to this franchise.  

Conversely, if Paul plays the next 7-to-10 games, he could actually hav ...

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