Oct 2, 2009 11:28 AM by Travis Webb
In last season's playoff loss to the Denver Nuggets, the New Orleans Hornets' weakness was evident: their bench. The Hornets posted a league-worst 22.9 points per game from the bench, mostly from 6th man James Posey. So this offseason, New Orleans went right to work adding depth to All-Stars Chris Paul and David West.
The Hornets addressed their backcourt in the draft, with the additions of 1st Round Pick Darren Collison (UCLA) and 2nd Rounder Marcus Thornton (LSU). New Orleans also acquired Bobby Brown via trade. Collison has the potential to be a lightning rod for the Bees. Coach Scott hopes to push the tempo with the quick guard and not miss a beat with Paul on the bench.
The centerpiece of the off-season movement was Bobcat Emeka Okefor. The former UConn star was traded to New Orleans for Tyson Chandler and will have an immediate impact up front. The Bees also beefed up the frontcourt bench with the additions of Darius Songalia and Ike Diogu.
Arguably the biggest move to the bench is three time All Star Peja Stojakovic. The sharp shooter has started for the Hornets in each of his years in New Orleans, but will be a reserve with 3rd year pro Julian Wright hoping to burst onto the scene in the starting lineup