Veterans impressed with defense, maturity of No. 1 pick

By: Jim Eichenhofer,, @Jim_Eichenhofer

As a collective group during the 2011-12 regular season, the New Orleans Hornets averaged 4.79 blocks, ranking 21st out of 30 NBA teams. Meanwhile, as a freshman at the University of Kentucky, Anthony Davis averaged 4.65 blocks – by himself.

Confidence, role spike for Thomas in second year

By: Kyle Bass,

Prior to the start of the 2011-12 NBA season, New Orleans Hornets forward Lance Thomas appeared to be in a similar situation to what he’s in now. He had just completed training camp and was playing significant minutes in preseason games.

The only difference is that the situation he’s in now is nothing like the situation he was in with the team last year.