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Hornets show potential through five games

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New Orleans, La. - No, they're not labeled as an NBA contender just yet, but through five games, the Hornets are showing their potential to become a possible playoff team this season. At 3-2 overall, the Hornets have been an exciting group to watch when their stars are on the floor. In rookie forward Anthony Davis' return from a mild concussion last night, the top draft picked pulled in his first double-double of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds to go along with five blocks and two steals. Davis will be the cornerstone of this franchise for years to come, but he won't have to carry the team by himself.

Ryan Anderson was the league's most improved player last season, and this year, his growth has continued. As a versatile big man with range, Anderson is a mismatch for most opposing defenses. He shines in his role as the sixth man off the bench, scoring a game-high 25 points last night against the Bobcats. Al-Farouq Aminu has also stepped up his game this season, playing aggressively while making a difference on both sides of the court. Aminu is one of the most athletic players on the team and is poised for a breakout season.

The key for this club is to get a healthy Eric Gordon on the court. Gordon is expected to miss another four to six weeks recovering from his knee injury. The Hornets have struggled scoring at times, and Gordon's steady offensive presence would be a big lift for the franchise. In the mean time, look for guard Brian Roberts to play quality minutes off the bench. Roberts poured in a career-high 16 points last night on 7-of-8 shooting.

Overall, kudos to Coach Monty Williams for molding his young talent into a fun, energetic and winning team so far. Last Wednesday's loss to the 76ers was rough, as the Hornets scored a franchise-low 62 points, but the way the team bounced back last night shows the potential for great things to come.

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