COMMENTARY | In a season that could see him win the NBA Most Improved Player Award, Greivis Vasquez earned a major accomplishment Friday night for the New Orleans Hornets. Vasquez scored 21 points, tallied 12 assists, and grabbed 11 rebounds to record his first NBA triple-double.
Bruce Levenson, Michael Gearon, Ed Peskowitz, Todd Foreman, and Rutherford Seydel think they own the Atlanta Hawks. They are wrong. Greivis Vasquez owns the Atlanta Hawks. In two games versus the Hawks this season, Greivis Vasquez is averaging a triple-double. His averages against Atlanta in 2012-13 are 19 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. Vasquez's heroics on February 8 helped the Hornets defeat the Hawks 111-100.
Vasquez has come close to achieving a triple-double several times this season for the Hornets. Usually, he has usually missed out due to his rebounds being in the single digits. However, the scouting report on the Hornets is to attempt lots of perimeter shots. But long jump shots create long rebounding opportunities. The Hawks missed 11 three-point shots Friday night, which helped Vasquez get the rebounding part of his triple-double.
Triple-doubles have been scarce in New Orleans since the departure of Chris Paul. Since he left, the Hornets have only had two triple-doubles. Last season, Jarrett Jack had a triple-double against the Golden State Warriors on March 21 with 17 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds for the Hornets.
However, Greivis Vasquez's triple-double was of the rare 20-10-10 variety. Since moving to New Orleans, the Hornets have only had 10 such triple-doubles. Vasquez has one, Baron Davis has one, and Chris Paul has the other eight.
Although Greivis Vasquez recorded his first career NBA triple-double for the Hornets Friday night, this was not his first ever triple-double. In 2009, Vasquez had a triple-double for the Maryland Terrapins when he had 35 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in an 88-85 upset win over the third-ranked North Carolina Tarheels. It was the Terrapins' first triple-double since Derrick Lewis had two for Maryland in 1987.
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. Patrick has followed the Hornets since they moved to New Orleans and has covered the team since 2010. He was in attendance the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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