2004–05 New Orleans Hornets season

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2004–05 New Orleans Hornets season
Head coach Byron Scott
Owner(s) George Shinn
Arena New Orleans Arena
Results
Record 18–64 (.220)
Place Division: 5th (Southwest)
Conference: 15th (Western)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Cox Sports Television
Radio WTIX
< 2003–04 2005–06 >

The 2004–05 New Orleans Hornets season was the franchise's third season in the National Basketball Association. The Hornets moved from the Eastern Conference's Central Division to the tougher Southwest Division of the Western Conference for the season. In their first losing season since the 1991–92 season, the Hornets finished the year with a franchise-worst record of 18 wins and 64 losses. They failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 1998–99 season, when the franchise was based in Charlotte.

Offseason[edit]

During the offseason, the Hornets made many transactions. On June 16, the Hornets claimed Brazilian swingman Alex Garcia on waivers from the San Antonio Spurs. On June 22, the 2004 NBA Expansion Draft took place, and the Hornets lost guard Maurice Carter to the Charlotte Bobcats. Two days later, the NBA Draft took place.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 2004 NBA draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 18 J.R. Smith SG  United States
2 44 Tim Pickett  United States Florida State

In the draft, the Hornets drafted J. R. Smith and Tim Pickett.[1] Smith would play only two seasons with the Hornets, and Pickett would not play in the NBA. On July 19, the Hornets signed Chris Andersen. Andersen would be with the Hornets for four seasons, missing the 2006–07 season due to a suspension for substance abuse. On August 3, the Hornets signed former Sixth Man of the Year Rodney Rogers. Rogers would be traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, along with Jamal Mashburn, on February 24 for Glenn Robinson. On September 29, the Hornets signed Tremaine Fowlkes and Britton Johnsen. The following day, the team signed Lorinza "Junior" Harrington and Lee Nailon. On October 28, the Hornets waived Fowlkes, and three days later, they waived Johnsen.[2]

Roster[edit]

New Orleans Hornets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F/C 12 United States Andersen, Chris 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Blinn
F/C 42 United States Brown, P. J. 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 239 lb (108 kg) Louisiana Tech
G 5 United States Claxton, Speedy 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 166 lb (75 kg) Hofstra
G 2 United States Dickau, Dan 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Gonzaga
G/F 32 United States Jacobsen, Casey 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Stanford
C 15 Poland Lampe, Maciej 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Poland
G/F 9 United States Lynch, George 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 218 lb (99 kg) North Carolina
C 21 Canada Magloire, Jamaal 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Kentucky
F 10 Slovenia Nachbar, Boštjan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 221 lb (100 kg) Slovenia
F 33 United States Nailon, Lee 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 238 lb (108 kg) Texas Christian
G/F 23 United States Smith, J. R. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) St. Benedict's Prep (HS)
F/C 4 Lebanon Vroman, Jackson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Iowa State
F 30 United States West, David 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Xavier
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 59 23 .720 38–3 21–20 10–6
x-Dallas Mavericks 58 24 .707 1 29–12 29–12 11–5
x-Houston Rockets 51 31 .622 8 26–15 25–16 10–6
x-Memphis Grizzlies 45 37 .549 14 26–15 19–22 7–9
New Orleans Hornets 18 64 .220 41 11–30 7–34 2–14
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Phoenix Suns 62 20 .756
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 59 23 .720 3
3 y-Seattle SuperSonics 52 30 .634 10
4 x-Dallas Mavericks 58 24 .707 4
5 x-Houston Rockets 51 31 .622 11
6 x-Sacramento Kings 50 32 .610 12
7 x-Denver Nuggets 49 33 .598 13
8 x-Memphis Grizzlies 45 37 .549 17
9 Minnesota Timberwolves 44 38 .537 18
10 Los Angeles Clippers 37 45 .451 25
11 Los Angeles Lakers 34 48 .415 28
12 Golden State Warriors 34 48 .415 28
13 Portland Trail Blazers 27 55 .329 35
14 Utah Jazz 26 56 .317 36
15 New Orleans Hornets 18 64 .220 44


Game log[edit]

Player Statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Chris Andersen
Darrell Armstrong
Lonny Baxter
P.J. Brown
Speedy Claxton
Baron Davis
Dan Dickau
Corsley Edwards
Matt Freije
Alex Garcia
Junior Harrington
Casey Jacobsen
Maciej Lampe
George Lynch
Jamaal Magloire
Boštjan Nachbar
Lee Nailon
Rodney Rogers
J.R. Smith
Jackson Vroman
David Wesley
David West

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

December 3, 2004 To New Orleans Hornets
Dan Dickau
2005 2nd round draft pick
To Dallas Mavericks
Darrell Armstrong
December 27, 2004 To New Orleans Hornets
Jim Jackson
Boštjan Nachbar
To Houston Rockets
David Wesley
January 21, 2005 To New Orleans Hornets
Casey Jacobsen
Maciej Lampe
Jackson Vroman
To Phoenix Suns
Jim Jackson
2005 2nd round draft pick
February 24, 2005 To New Orleans Hornets
Glenn Robinson
To Philadelphia 76ers
Jamal Mashburn
Rodney Rogers
To New Orleans Hornets
Speedy Claxton
Dale Davis
To Golden State Warriors
Baron Davis

Free agents[edit]

Additions
Player Date signed Former team
Chris Andersen July 19 Denver Nuggets
Rodney Rogers August 3 New Jersey Nets
Tremaine Fowlkes September 29 Detroit Pistons
Britton Johnsen September 29 Orlando Magic
Junior Harrington September 30 Azovmash Mariupol (Ukraine)
Lee Nailon September 30 Cleveland Cavaliers
Matt Freije November 19 Miami Heat
Corsley Edwards December 4 Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA)
Lonny Baxter December 12 Yakima Sun Kings (CBA)
Corsley Edwards January 5 New Orleans Hornets
Junior Harrington January 29 New Orleans Hornets
Subtractions
Player Date waived New Team
Tremaine Fowlkes October 28 Indiana Pacers
Britton Johnsen October 31 Indiana Pacers
Lonny Baxter December 27 Panathinaikos B.C. (Greece)
Alex Garcia December 27 COC Ribeirão Preto (Brazil)
Corsley Edwards January 3 New Orleans Hornets
Matt Freije January 21 Nashville Rhythm (ABA)
Junior Harrington January 21 New Orleans Hornets
Glenn Robinson March 1 San Antonio Spurs
Dale Davis March 1 Indiana Pacers

References[edit]