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Are the New Orleans Hornets About to Experience Vas-mania?: Fan’s Perspective
The New Orleans Hornets are playing their best basketball of 2012. Winners of three straight, the Hornets success has coincided with the insertion of Greivis Vasquez into the starting lineup. On Friday, Vasquez led New Orleans to an upset victory over Jeremy Lin and the Knicks. Will Vas-mania rival Lin-sanity in the NBA?
There are some surprising similarities in the stories of Jeremy Lin and Greivis Vasquez. Neither Lin nor Vasquez represent either of the predominant races in the NBA. Also, Jeremy Lin and Greivis Vasquez are in their second NBA seasons and have emerged with new teams. And obviously, Lin and Vasquez are great point guards.
Certainly Greivis Vasquez is not the only reason why the Hornets have improved recently. Chris Kaman has been a new man since returning to the Hornets. And Gustavo Ayon is improving on a nightly basis for New Orleans. However, Greivis Vasquez has shown an ability to make everyone around him better in his last four starts.
Just as the QB is the most important position in the NFL, the point guard runs the offense in the NBA. Although a basketball team can win without a star point guard, the task is much easier with a great floor general. In his last four starts, New Orleans has a 3-1 record and Greivis Vasquez is averaging 8.8 assists per game for the Hornets.
The future of Vas-mania
Unlike what is happening in New York with Jeremy Lin, I don't think Greivis Vasquez will start playing 40-plus minutes per game for New Orleans. Jarrett Jack is now healthy and will get quality minutes. Vasquez may even go back to the bench. However, the Hornets three game winning streak has shown that Greivis Vasquez may be a future star.
Lin-sanity vs. Vas-mania
As I sit home watching Jeremy Lin have another great game against the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, I know that Greivis Vasquez will never be the star that Jeremy Lin is. However, that has more to do with the New York media than Vasquez' talent. Still, it's great knowing that some positives may be emerging from this tough Hornets season.
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. A loyal New Orleans NBA fan, Patrick was a diehard New Orleans Jazz fan and now cheers for the Hornets. Patrick was in the New Orleans Arena the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals.
"Greivis Vasquez," basketball-reference.com
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