Big Easy Buzz Blog - May 19, 2010

Hornets mock draft updates, part 1

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
By: Jim Eichenhofer,
Less than 24 hours after the NBA Draft lottery, numerous basketball websites have already weighed in with their initial mock drafts. scoured the Internet to see what other websites are projecting New Orleans to do with its first-round pick (the Hornets have the No. 11 overall choice in the 2010 draft, but do not have a second-round selection).

All quotes are provided by the respective websites. Here are the players each website is projecting the Hornets to select with the 11th pick during the Thursday, June 24 draft: Daniel Orton, center, Kentucky
“Orton barely made a dent in the box scores for Kentucky, but NBA scouts are convinced he could be a really good NBA center. He is strong and physical and can dominate on the defensive end. He needs to improve his offense, but if he does, he could be a star down the road. The Hornets were very thin up front all season. Orton also would give them some insurance in the event Emeka Okafor breaks down.”

NBC Sports: Ed Davis, forward, North Carolina
“The Hornets don’t need a starting PF with David West still plugging along, but Davis will likely be the best player on the board. He has the potential to be an Al Horford clone, which is why he should go in the lottery. If he’s not available, Epke Udoh or Daniel Orton is a likely choice.” Cole Adlrich, center, Kansas
“A solid center who has some fight to his game, Aldrich has limited shooting range and he isn't a leaper. But he'll provide defense and frontcourt depth to a franchise in desperate need of size.”

Sporting News: Hassan Whiteside, center, Marshall
“Whiteside is an explosive athlete and a great shot-blocker who will give the Hornets the Tyson Chandler-type they’ve missed.”

Yahoo! Sports: Hassan Whiteside, center, Marshall
“This freshman 7-footer flew under the radar, but the number that gets people’s attention is 5.4 blocks per game. While the strength of competition in Conference USA wasn’t the best available, Whiteside did score 18 points against West Virginia.”

Bleacher Report: Xavier Henry, forward/guard, Kansas
“The Hornets are closer than most people think to being a contender. They have Chris Paul and David West for at least another year, but lack a third scoring option. Xavier Henry can be that third scoring option. Henry can shoot the lights out, put the ball on the floor, and doesn’t need the spotlight. He played on a star studded Kansas team, but came in and played his role. The Hornets are scary with him knocking down open shots off Paul's penetration.”