COMMENTARY | After a rough start that included key injuries and poor play, the 2012-13 New Orleans Hornets have won seven of their last nine and now sport a 14-27 record at the midseason mark. With the playoffs only a remote possibility, fans are following the individual progress and development of the young Hornets. Take a closer look at the midseason grades for each Hornets player.
Greivis Vasquez: A-
In his first year as a full-time NBA starter, Greivis Vasquez has become a dual-threat point guard. Earlier this season, Vasquez was struggling with turnovers and defensive play. However, he has improved in both facets for New Orleans and is now a leading candidate for the 2013 NBA Most Improved Player Award at the midseason mark.
Ryan Anderson: A-
What other NBA team has two better power forwards than New Orleans? Anderson's combination of outside shooting and rebounding ability makes him a unique talent for the Hornets. As midseason approached, Anderson cooled off a bit from outside, but he still leads the NBA in made three-pointers.
Anthony Davis: B+
Anthony Davis' NBA development was hindered by two early season injuries. Although he still has a lot to learn about the NBA, Davis seemingly has one or two big moments in every game. In the second half of the season, I'd like to see the Hornets get Davis more involved in the offense.
Robin Lopez: B+
Robin Lopez is my surprise Hornet at the midseason mark. I am shocked at how well Lopez is playing for New Orleans this season. He has great footwork and outstanding technique for an NBA center. Lopez is not the dominating, physical specimen that some NBA centers are, but he is a perfect fit for New Orleans.
Eric Gordon: B
After being injured in training camp and rehabbing during the early part of the season, Eric Gordon basically went through his preseason as midseason approached. Gordon is inconsistent, but occasionally has huge games. More importantly, the Hornets just win when Gordon plays.
Al-Farouq Aminu: B-
I still hold my breath every time Al-Farouq Aminu handles the ball. But considering how far he has come since this time last year, I am very pleased with Aminu at midseason. Aminu spent some time on the Hornets' bench for playing poorly defensively, but his raw athleticism helps New Orleans in many ways.
Here are the grades for the rest of the Hornets at the midseason mark.
Roger Mason: B-
Brian Roberts: B-
Jason Smith: C+
Lance Thomas: C
Darius Miller: C-
Xavier Henry: D
Austin Rivers: D
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 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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