Hornets Starters This Season

I mentioned in the morning notes today that twelve different Hornets have started a game this season. At first glance, second glance, seventeenth glance, etc, this is pretty ridiculous. Of the current side (accounting for yesterday's cuts of Squeaky Johnson and DaJuan Summers), only Xavier Henry and Lance Thomas are yet to start a game. Every single other player has started at least once, and outside of Gustavo Ayon, every other player has started at least twice.

But! While this season has indeed been absolutely terrible, it's worth reminding ourselves that we lived through something (arguably) worse, a mere six years ago. Indeed, the 2005 Hornets blow away the current "start" count of 12; the year before Chris Paul arrived, New Orleans started 19 different players over the course of the season.

Here in full are the starters from 2005:

1

P.J. Brown

78

2

J.R. Smith

56

3

Lee Nailon

51

4

Dan Dickau

46

5

George Lynch

27

6

David Wesley

26

7

Rodney Rogers

26

8

Jamaal Magloire

22

9

Jackson Vroman

17

10

Baron Davis

13

11

Matt Freije

11

12

Darrell Armstrong

9

13

David West

8

14

Junior Harrington

7

15

Bostjan Nachbar

4

16

Speedy Claxton

3

17

Alex Garcia

3

18

Chris Andersen

2

19

Casey Jacobsen

1

Junior Harrington, y'all. Junior Harrington. Stick that in your fancy 2012 e-pipe and smoke it.

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