(NEW YORK) — Last season, the New Orleans Hornets were one of the worst teams in the entire NBA. Despite their futility, they had what many consider a strong offseason. The Hornets appear to have a bright future, but if you ask guard Eric Gordon, the future is now.
After a strong draft and free agency period, Gordon feels that big things are in store for the team as soon as this upcoming season.
“We have a lot of young talented players who will be very good for us,” Gordon told the Times-Picayune. “This is a long-term process; it’s not a year or two where we’re going to be a championship caliber of team. I’m just looking forward to being in the playoffs this year and many more years of possibly getting a championship.”
During the offseason, the Hornets used the number one overall pick in the draft to select former Kentucky big man Anthony Davis. They also used the tenth pick in the draft to select for Duke guard Austin Rivers.
Through free agency and trades, the team was able to sign Gordon to a long-term contract, and also acquired Ryan Anderson, Robin Lopez, and Hakim Warrick.
In his first season in New Orlenas, Gordon averaged 20.6 potns per game, but just appeared in nine games.
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Billy Hallowell, Deseret News
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