NEW ORLEANS - Despite their 10-25 record, the Hornets have shown flashes of their future potential this season. Highlights include a 3-2 start, a November win over the Western Conference-leading Clippers and their recent three-game winning streak.
The Hornets are not only getting healthier, but they are also getting better as a team. In Wednesday's win over the Rockets, top scorers Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon combined for just five points, but bench players Jason Smith and Roger Mason Jr. picked up the slack with 17 points apiece.
Collective team efforts like that make these young Hornets dangerous to face. Each player is making a contribution, from Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers -- who continue to ride the roller-coaster of a rookie season -- to selfless role players in Brian Roberts and Lance Thomas.
Coach Monty Williams acknowledges his team has a more confident vibe. At the same time, Williams is very cautious in saying his team is where it needs to be. Where the Hornets go from here should be fun to watch.
Eric Gordon's return has provided a much-need spark, as the Hornets have gone 4-1 with Gordon on the court this season. His presence takes away the nightly burden of others to score, in turn making his teammates better by allowing them to focus on their particular strengths.
Would the Hornets be much better than 10-25 if Gordon played from day one this season, and if Anthony Davis did not miss a game? Absolutely. Will they go 25-10 over the next two months? If everyone stays healthy, the potential is there.
11-game losing streaks are in the past. The future is bright, and the potential is back on display. Hornets fans, enjoy the ride.
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