2005–06 New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets season

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2005–06 New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets season
Chris Paul's rookie season
Head coach Byron Scott
Arena New Orleans Arena
Ford Center
Record 38–44 (.463)
Place Division: 4th (Southwest)
Conference: TBD (Western)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Cox Sports Television, The Cox Channel
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The 2005–06 New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets season was the team's 4th season in the NBA. They began the season hoping to improve upon their 18-64 record from the previous season (worst in the Western Conference that year). They finished the season with a 38-44 record, missing the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Before the commencement of training camp, the City of New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Katrina.[1] With the New Orleans Arena partly damaged and the city's infrastructure in need of repair the Hornets would sign a deal to play most of their games in Oklahoma City, becoming the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets for the season. In Oklahoma City, the Hornets would enjoy sell out crowds at the Ford Center.[1]

The addition of draft pick Chris Paul resulted in the team competing for a playoff spot. In January and February, the club played winning basketball despite losing Chris Andersen to a two-year suspension for illegal drugs. Paul showed the poise and play making skills of a veteran finishing second in steals and seventh in assists as he posted a terrific 3.34 assist to turnover ratio, while leading all rookies with 16.1 ppg.[1]

On March 8 the Hornets returned to New Orleans with a near sell out crowd on hand to watch the Hornets lose to the Los Angeles Lakers 113-107.[1] In March, the Hornets went into a tail spin winning just 3 of 14 games. The Hornets who played 6 of their last 12 home games in New Orleans would go on to finish in 4th place in their division. Chris Paul was named Rookie of the Year.[2]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 2005 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 4 Chris Paul[3] PG  United States Wake Forest
2 33 Brandon Bass  United States Louisiana State


New Orleans Hornets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F/C 33 United States Bass, Brandon 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) LSU
F/C 42 United States Brown, P. J. 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Louisiana Tech
G/F 45 United States Butler, Rasual 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) La Salle
G 5 United States Claxton, Speedy 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 166 lb (75 kg) Hofstra
F 21 United States Fizer, Marcus 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 262 lb (119 kg) Iowa State
F/C 44 United States Jackson, Marc 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 270 lb (122 kg) Temple
F 43 United States Johnson, Linton 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Tulane
G 6 Lithuania Macijauskas, Arvydas 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 214 lb (97 kg) Lithuania
G/F 24 United States Mason, Desmond 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 224 lb (102 kg) Oklahoma State
G 25 United States Norris, Moochie 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) West Florida
G 3 United States Paul, Chris 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Wake Forest
G/F 23 United States Smith, J. R. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) St. Benedict's Prep HS (NJ)
G/F 1 United States Snyder, Kirk 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Nevada
F 30 United States West, David 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Xavier
F/C 34 United States Williams, Aaron 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Xavier
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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


Regular season[edit]


Southwest Division
Team W L PCT. GB
San Antonio Spurs-z (1) 63 19 .768 -
Dallas Mavericks-x (4) 60 22 .732 3
Memphis Grizzlies-x (5) 49 33 .598 14
NO/OKC Hornets 38 44 .463 25
Houston Rockets 34 48 .415 29


Game log[edit]

2005–06 Game Log
2005–06 Schedule

Player statistics[edit]

  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
Chris Andersen
Brandon Bass
P.J. Brown
Rasual Butler
Speedy Claxton
Marcus Fizer
Marc Jackson
Linton Johnson
Maciej Lampe
Arvydas Macijauskas
Desmond Mason
Boštjan Nachbar
Moochie Norris
Chris Paul
J.R. Smith
Kirk Snyder
Jackson Vroman
David West
Aaron Williams

Awards and records[edit]


Free agents[edit]

See also[edit]