June 29th, 2012
by Tim Moczula
After posting a 21-45 record in 2011-12, the New Orleans Hornets knew they needed to make huge changes. With the #1 and #10 picks in the 2012 draft, they had the resources to do so…and did.
As everyone suspected, New Orleans took former Kentucky stud Anthony Davis
with the first overall pick. Davis clearly exhibited the most star
potential after guiding the Wildcats to a National Championship, among
many other accomplishments during his freshman year. Although Davis was
obviously the top choice, the Hornets’ next pick is what makes their
With the #10 pick, the Hornets selected former Duke star Austin Rivers. Although some were speculative about Rivers, after hitting a game winning 3-pointer in an away game against longtime rival UNC,
the 19-year-old proved he could compete on a big stage. Known for his
quickness, shooting ability, and athleticism, Rivers will definitely add
a new dimension to New Orleans’ offense.