This summer the Charlotte Bobcats rebranded back to the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornet moniker, of course, became available when Tom Benson pushed to rename his team into something more regionally appropriate, the Pelicans.
This is a win-win all around. We got a glimpse of the murder bird himself, Pierre the First, to go along with a thorough makeover of the team from top to bottom. New mascot, new uniforms, a gorgeous court redesign this year, and all of the fowl-related puns anyone could want. The Hornets, fresh off their first playoff berth in years, start fresh with their own culturally significant name, beautiful uniforms, and honeycomb-themed court.
One subtle change also slipped in; the Hornets retook ownership of all franchise records of the 1988-2002 Charlotte Hornets. Basketball Reference has been updated to reflect this change. All significant career records are now held by one of four players; Chris Paul, David West, Tyson Chandler, and Peja Stojakovic. It is fitting that the record book is now littered with players from the peak of New Orleans basketball and not the Charlotte Hornets made famous in the early-to-mid 1990's.
The New Orleans Pelicans record book is going to begin to look much different, thanks in large part to Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson. Here is a glance at where they might end up this season.
This is the least surprising statistic of all, and Anthony Davis should own the franchise record for blocks by the end of the season. With 53 games before the All-Star Break Davis would need to average just over 2.5 blocks per game to get there. AD averaged 2.8 blocks per game last season.
It would take a herculean effort (273 made threes) for Anderson to pass Stojakovic this season. The NBA record for made threes is 272, set by Steph Curry two seasons ago. However, even an average season for Anderson should see him move into second place on this list by year end. It will take 1.6 made threes a game for Anderson to pass Rasual Butler; Anderson has averaged at least 2.6 made threes in each of the past three seasons.
P.J. Brown is third in points scored in New Orleans professional basketball history. Luckily, Anthony Davis is poised to pass Brown at some point this season. At 20.8 points per game (Davis's average last season) the Unibrow will move into third on this list during his 47th game. Catching Paul and West will take a couple more seasons after that.
Moving up this list is going to take significantly more time. For Davis to pass Chris Paul it would take just over 9.2 rebounds a game and the health to play all 82 games this season. Passing Chandler requires an unrealistic 12.5 rebounds per game and the same flawless health. If Davis can average a double-double again he will need to play 76 games to ensure he passes CP3 this season.
A few other statistics will likely be in range for Davis in the coming seasons. The franchise record for steals, set at 1010 by Chris Paul, is the furthest out of reach. Blocks, Rebounds, and Points, however, are just a matter of time.