We're a little more than halfway through the 2012-13 regular season so its time to evaluate all the Hornets on an individual basis. The grades below largely stem from an expectation versus performance view through the first 43 games (doesn't include Sunday night's win over the Grizzlies.) Darius Miller and players no longer with our team were not considered.
1. Eric Gordon (17.6 PPG, 3.2 AST, 1.6 REB, 2.9 TO, 29.4 MPG, 16.2 PER, 52.0 TS%)
B Gordon has only appeared in 12 games so it shouldn't come as a surprise his numbers and efficiency do not reflect star quality. However, considering he's sat in a suit and tie for practically two years, he's performed very admirably. As evidenced by wins and losses, a > 100% Gordon is a much better alternative than him entirely missing games. His presence gives the Hornets a more dynamic option on offense, alleviating Vasquez as the sole playmaker and better masking Aminu's inability to shoot from the perimeter. Defensively, he has stepped right in as our best guard option allowing .83 PPP (rank of 122). As mentioned in the last game thread, there are signs the improvement is already underway, and as long as his knee issues don't flare up, he could still end up as the team's MVP.
2012-13 Mid-season Grades
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