Performance Enhancers: The Reason For The Hornets Surprising Start

November 10th, 2010 by Paul Augustin Leave a reply »
The New Orleans Hornets have started the 2010-2011 season with a startling 7-0 record. This is even more surprising considering how poorly the team looked in the preseason.

Granted, some of these victories have been against sub-par teams. The Hornets have beaten the Bucks twice and the hapless Clippers once.  However, they have also beaten the NBA’s newest “dream team” in the Miami Heat, and perennial playoff contenders such as the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and the Denver Nuggets.

So what is the reason for the Hornets remarkable turnaround? The starters? The bench? The front office? The coach? Something else?

Many are attributing the Bees fast start to a revamped starting roster, but that is simply not the case.

Newcomer Trevor Ariza is undoubtedly an improvement over Peja Stojakovic, although Ariza gives up a little to Stojakovic in shooting the long three-ball. However, Ariza plays at both ends of the court, while Peja rarely even made it back to his position on the defensive end.

The other new starter is Italian import Marco Bellinelli.  Some would argue that Bellinelli is not an upg ...

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