Chris Paul and his Hornets are picking up right where they left off last season.
Paul set an NBA record Saturday…6 consecutive games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in the same game.
Changing gears….I used to get frustrated with coach Byron Scott because I didn’t understand Scott’s rotations and how he used (or didn’t use) players.
After winning the NBA Coach of the Year Award, I don’t question Scott anymore.
In Scott I trust!
Led by Scott I’m certain the Hornets will battle the Rockets and the Lakers for first place in the western conference.
That said, I think the Hornets have to tweak their roster a bit to make a deeper playoff push this year.
Last year the Hornets were deep at the point guard position with Paul, Bobby Jackson and Jannero Pargo. That depth allowed them to acquire Bonzi Wells in hopes he could be the wing player they needed for scoring off the bench. I liked the Wells trade but Bonzi wasn’t the guy they thought he would be in the post-season.
This year the Hornets are strong at the wing with Mopete, Peja, Posey and a resurgent Rasual Butler….but the Hornets are thin at point guard. Mike James is Chris Paul’s main back-up and James has been unimpressive during this young season.
I’d love to see the team swap James one-for-one for Memphis combo guard Marko Jaric….but that probably won’t happen.
In fact, I don’t see the Hornets trading for or acquiring a point guard. Let’s be honest, in crunch time games down the stretch Paul will be on the floor for 40-45 minutes.
So what should the Hornets do to improve their roster for a playoff push?
I’d like to see the club acquire a big man off the bench.
An energy guy who can get up and down the floor, back-up Tyson Chandler and David West and even play in some sets with Chandler.
That player: Marcus Camby
Camby is a solid veteran who’s stuck on a terrible L.A. Clippers team.
Come the first of the year Camby won’t want to be part of the Clips and they probably won’t want him.
According to the trusty ESPN trade machine Camby can be traded for Mike James and either Hilton Armstrong or Julian Wright.
The Hornets would get a veteran big man thisty for a ring…the Clippers get a back-up for oft-injured point guard Baron Davis and one young player to build for the future with. Camby would be good for the Hornets because an NBA finals appearance goes through the Lakers and their twin towers of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. Camby would also be another inside option against a team like the Rockets. The Rockets have the best wing defenders in the NBA in Ron Artest and Shane Battier. Those two could lock down the Hornets wings meaning Chandler, West and new addition Camby would have to step up big time. Just my thoughts but if I were Hornets GM I’d be paying close attention to Marcus Camby and making calls now in an effort to lay the ground work for a possible trade.