Top 5 Point Guards in New Orleans Pelicans “Hornets“ Franchise’s History
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5. Greivis Vasquez
Before the delayed start to the 2011-12 season, the New Orleans Hornets swapped guards with the Memphis Grizzlies, acquiring Greivis Vasquez in exchange for Quincy Pondexter. Vasquez was a part-time starter at shooting guard his first season with the Hornets, then took over the point guard spot in his second year, finishing third in the NBA in assists. He was part of a three-team sign-and-trade deal in July 2013 when the Pelicans signed Tyreke Evans as a free agent, going to the Sacramento Kings, with Robin Lopez and Terrel Harris also sent to the Portland Trail Blazers. New Orleans also gotJeff Withey from the Blazers in the deal. Vasquez was a pretty solid contributor for New Orleans during his time with the team, but nothing more than a reliable role player. In two seasons in New Orleans, Vasquez averaged 11.6 points, 7.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds on 43 percent from the field.
4. Jarrett Jack
A valuable back up point guard, Jarrett Jack was traded to the Hornets during the 2010 to help spell fellow 2005 NBA draftee Chris Paul. The two also competed against one another at the college level, as Atlantic Coast Conference rivals when Paul was with Wake Forest, and Jack with Georgia Tech. Jack had spent time with numerous teams, but in his two seasons with the Hornets, made an impact as a reserve behind Paul, and later as a starter. During this time in New Orleans, Jack found himself putting up a very solid stat line of 11.3 points per game, 4.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game. Not too shabby. Jarrett Jack is the fourth greatest point guard in New Orleans basketball history.
3. Jrue Holiday
Former All-Star Point Guard Jrue Holiday has been plagued by injury since being traded away from the Philadelphia 76ers, and thus has been unable to replicate his form yet for the New Orleans Pelicans. In his last season before injury, the 2012-2013 campaign, he produced at an All-Star level – averaging 17.7 points, 8.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game, showing his ability on both ends of the court. However, injuries have detracted from the UCLA-product’s playing-time, leading to him making just 74 appearances across his two seasons in New Orleans. That said, even with the injuries, he has averaged 15.6 points, 7.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.6 steals, showing that he has not lost his natural ability – and his three-point shot is as potent as ever, with him shooting at a 37.6% clip from deep for his career. The former All-Star is an effective two-way player, and with luck – and the avoidance of further injuries – he may return to his previous, All-Star form once more.