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Chris Paul Pushing Hornets to Greatness

With another key player to help him, Chris Paul could lead the Hornets to a title in 2010-11 With another key player to help him, Chris Paul could lead the Hornets to a title in 2010-11

The New Orleans Hornets have been the surprise of the NBA early in the 2010-11 season, going 7-0 to start the year. They’ve come out on the right side of match-ups with some legit contenders, and 2011 could be the year they make a big push for a championship. Of course, the key to whatever success the Hornets have had so far and will have in the near future is Chris Paul.

Paul is an outstanding point guard who has spent his entire career in New Orleans. Before he hit the NBA, Paul was a stand out with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, who have long had one of the NCAA’s most successful basketball programs.

He was a highly touted prospect, and became the 4th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft. Once in the big show, Paul hit the court like a tidal wave and has never looked back. The 2006 Rookie of the Year was also the Western Conference Rookie of the Month in every month of the ’05-06 season. Paul finished the year averaging 16.1 points, 7.8 assists, and 5.1 rebounds.

As a part of the relatively recently relocated and still rebuilding New Orleans Hornets, it would be a while before Paul tasted any significant post-season success. In fact, the Hornets couldn’t even play in their home town after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and so spent most of Paul’s first two seasons in Oklahoma City.

But once the Hornets settled back in the Big Easy for the 2007-08 season, the team also started to look more comfortable. With the chaos of being displaced behind him, Paul had the best season of his career to that point, averaging over 20 points per game and leading the NBA in steals and assists per game.

That was also the first year the Hornets would make the playoffs since Paul had joined the team, and they made good on their return to the post-season by eliminating the Dallas Mavericks in five games.

Since then, the Hornets have had tougher seasons, and Paul himself had to undergo knee surgery. But the early signs this season are that the Hornets have new life. Now the organization needs to start thinking of a way to complement Paul on the court, and take a serious run at a championship.

Chris Paul is one of the most dynamic players in today’s NBA. The perfect start by the New Orleans Hornets is a surprise to most, but on the shoulders of an all-star like Paul, anything is possible. Now the Hornets are just one player away from being able to seriously challenge the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference. Will they be able to pull a trigger on the right man for the job? Basketball fans have until the February trade deadline to find out if the Hornets will take the last step to help push them to a title.

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Last modified on Monday, 12 November 2012 07:01

Happy is a regular contributor to RosebudMag.com and has written for various other publications, including Black Belt, Inside Hockey, and FoxSports.com. He transitioned to life as a writer following a decade-long career as a touring musician. He lives with his son in Vancouver, British Columbia

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