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AccuScore season preview: Hornets

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ACCUSCORE SEASON FORECAST BASED ON 10,000 SIMULATED SEASONS
TEAM TOTALS W L PS PA WIN DIVISION PLAYOFFS
New Orleans Hornets 57 25 104.3 95.4 28.5% 97.8%
WINS 60+ 55-59 50-54 45-49 40-44 35-39 30-34 25-29 21-24
Win Total Range 39% 22% 19% 14% 5% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0%
The Hornets are expected to repeat their 2007-2008 success as long as Chris Paul is healthy. Without Paul this team would plummet to 35-39 wins or maybe even below that. The addition of James Posey may not have a huge impact in the regular season, but expect to see the benefits in the playoffs. Peja Stojakovic has a well-deserved reputation for struggling in the playoffs once he goes up against the top defenses in the league. Posey is a clutch 3-point shooter in the postseason. Stojakovic's 2.4 3-pointers per game will help the Hornets win a lot of regular-season games, but when his 3-point percentage drops from 44 percent in the regular season down to 24 percent against top defenses, the Hornets will have another shooter in Posey after Paul penetrates and dishes. Posey also is a considerably better defender than Stojakovic.
PLAYER FORECAST PTS AST REB FGM FGP FTM FTP 3PM BLK STL
Chris Paul 22.4 12.7 4.1 8.0 47.5% 5.4 83.5% 1.0 0.1 2.1
David West 19.1 2.0 8.4 7.8 45.7% 3.3 84.3% 0.1 1.2 0.9
Peja Stojakovic 14.3 1.4 4.4 4.8 43.2% 2.3 91.2% 2.4 0.2 0.8
Tyson Chandler 9.9 0.9 11.2 4.1 60.2% 1.7 58.2% 0.0 1.5 0.6
Jannero Pargo 7.4 2.2 1.8 2.8 39.5% 1.0 84.1% 0.8 0.1 0.8
Morris Peterson 7.1 0.8 2.8 2.5 42.5% 1.0 74.5% 1.2 0.1 0.7
James Posey 6.9 1.4 4.4 2.2 41.5% 1.2 82.7% 1.3 0.3 1.0
Julian Wright 5.7 1.0 2.9 2.3 51.1% 0.8 65.7% 0.2 0.3 0.8
Rasual Butler 3.1 0.3 0.4 1.2 39.4% 0.2 69.9% 0.5 0.1 0.1
Mike James 3.0 0.7 0.2 1.1 41.2% 0.4 82.1% 0.3 0.0 0.1
Melvin Ely 2.2 0.2 0.5 0.9 44.7% 0.4 61.9% 0.0 0.1 0.0
Hilton Armstrong 2.1 0.2 0.5 0.9 50.3% 0.4 59.1% 0.0 0.1 0.1
NO Benchwarmers 2.3 0.2 0.6 1.0 44.9% 0.2 66.9% 0.1 0.1 0.1