Draft history of Pelicans/Hornets in New Orleans

By TED LEWIS

Advocate sportswriter

New Orleans Hornets forward David West (30) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers forward J.J. Hickson in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New Orleans Hornets forward David West (30) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers forward J.J. Hickson in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

2002

ROUND 1 (17)

Traded to Washington for guard Courtney Alexander. Alexander played for the Hornets for one year, averaging 7.9 ppg. Alexander was later signed by Sacramento and Denver but never played in another NBA game. The Wizards used the pick to select guard Juan Dixon of Maryland.

ROUND 2 (48)

Traded to Milwaukee in 2000 along with the second-round pick in that year for Dale Ellis who would played one season, averaging 2.3 points before being traded to Miami in the Jamal Mashburn deal. The Bucks center Chris Owens of Texas with the Hornets’ 2002 pick. Owens would appear in one NBA game, with Memphis, in 2003.

2003

ROUND 1 (18)

David West, Xavier. West played for the Hornets for eight years, averaging 16.4 ppg. His 8,690 points are the second most in franchise history. He appeared in the 2008 and 2009 All-Star games. West signed with Indiana in 2011 where he has averaged 16.6 ppg. over the past two seasons.

ROUND 2 (48)

James Lang, Central Park (Ala.) Christian School. Lang was waived in December of 2003 and never appeared in an NBA regular-season game.

2004

ROUND 1 (18)

J.R. Smith, St. Benedict’s Prep. Smith played two seasons with the Hornets, starting 81 games and averaging 9.2 points. He was traded to Chicago along with P.J. Brown for Tyson Chandler in the summer of 2006. Smith was traded to Denver a month later where he spent five seasons before going to New York where he was this season’s Sixth Man of the Year. Smith has averaged 13.2 points for his career.

ROUND 2 (44)

Tim Pickett, Florida State. Pickett was waived in November of 2004. Pickett has played in several leagues overseas, most recently in China. He appeared in one regular-season game for Golden State in 2011.

2005

ROUND 1 (4)

Chris Paul, Wake Forest. Paul played for the Hornets for six seasons, averaging 18.7 points per game, He was Rookie of the Year in 2006, a first-team All-NBA choice in 2008 and twice was All-NBA second team and a four-time All-Star, the most of any player in franchise history. Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in December of 2011 along with two second-round picks in 2015 for Eric Gordon, Chris Kamen, Al-Farouq Aminu and a 2012 first-round pick which was used to draft Austin Rivers. With the Clippers he is a two-time starter in the All-Star game and was the MVP this year. He is a free agent for 2014.

ROUND 2 (33)

Brandon Bass, LSU. Bass played with the Hornets for two seasons, averaging 2.2 points in 50 games and left as a free agent. He has subsequently played for Dallas, Orlando and Boston, averaging 8.5 points for his career.

2006

ROUND 1 (12)

Hilton Armstrong, Connecticut. Armstrong lasted 3½ seasons with the Hornets before being traded to Sacramento in January of 2010 for a second-round conditional pick in 2016. With the Hornets, Armstrong averaged 2.8 points. Armstrong played only six games with Sacramento before being traded to Houston. He also spent time with Washington and Atlanta and this season played with Santa Cruz in the NBA’s D-League.

ROUND 1 (16)

Cedric Simmons, North Carolina State. Simmons appeared in 56 games as a rookie, averaging 2.8 points. Traded to Cleveland before the 2007 season for David Wesley, Simmons had short stints with Chicago and Sacramento and played in Italy this past season.

ROUND 2 (43)

Marcus Vinicius, Brazil. Vinicius appeared in 26 games over two seasons with the Hornets, averaging 1.9 points. He played for Memphis in 2008 and currently is in a league in his native Brazil.

2007

ROUND 1 (13)

Julian Wright, Kansas. Wright spent three seasons with the Hornets, averaging 4.0 points before being traded to Toronto for Marco Belinelli before the 2010 season. Wright spent one season with the Raptors and has since played in the D-League and in Israel.

ROUND 2 (43)

Adam Haluska, Iowa. Haluska never appeared in a game with the Hornets nor Houston to which he was traded in February of 2008. He last played in the Israeli league in 2009.

2008

ROUND 1 (27)

Darrell Arthur, Kansas. Arthur was traded on draft night to Portland for cash and was subsequently dealt to Houston and Memphis. Arthur is still with the Grizzlies and has averaged 6.9 points for his career.

ROUND 2 (56)

Part of the three-way trade with Memphis and Houston that sent Bonzi Wells and Mike James to New Orleans. The pick eventually wound up with Seattle, which used it to select Sasha Kaun of Kansas. Kaun never played in the NBA and is now a professional in Russia.

2009

ROUND 1 (21)

Darren Collison, UCLA. Collison started 37 games as a rookie, averaging 12.4 points and finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting. However, he was traded before the 2010-11 season along with James Posey to Indiana in a four-team deal that landed the Hornets Trevor Ariza. After two years with the Pacers, Collison was traded to Dallas, where he is the Mavericks’ starting point guard, averaging 12.1 points and 5.2 assists.

ROUND 2 (43)

Marcus Thornton, LSU. The pick was actually made by Miami who then traded the rights to Thornton to the Hornets in exchange for second rounds picks in 2010 and 2012. Thornton averaged 11.9 points in two seasons for the Hornets before being traded to Sacramento for Karl Landry in 2011. In three seasons with the Kings, Thornton has averaged 16.1 points. Landry averaged 12.2 points in two seasons for the Hornets before signing with Golden State last year.

ROUND 2 (51)

Traded to Toronto in the Julian Wright deal. It was subsequently used by San Antonio to draft Jack McClinton of Miami who has never appeared in an NBA game.

2010

ROUND 1 (11)

Cole Aldrich, Kansas. Aldrich was traded Morris Peterson to Oklahoma City in exchange for the draft rights to Craig Brackins and Quincy Poindexter. Before the season began, Brackins was traded to Philadelphia along with Darius Songalia for Willie Green and Jason Smith. Brackins appeared in only 17 NBA games and is in the D-League. Smith, who had shoulder surgery after appearing in 51 games this past season is the longest-tenured member of the Pelicans. Poindexter averaged 2.8 points in his one season with the Hornets. He has spent the past two seasons with Memphis and has averaged 4.4 points for his career. Aldrich was with Sacramento last year and has averaged 2.8 points while appearing in only 80 games over four seasons.

ROUND 2 (41)

Traded to Miami in the Marcus Thornton deal. The Heat picked Jarvis Varnado of Mississippi State. After stints in Italy, Israel and the D-League, Varnado signed with Boston last year. He was waived in December, but signed with the Heat and was part of the league championship team although not on the playoff roster.

2011

ROUND 1 (19)

The Hornets used the pick in a series of trades that eventually landed them Jarrett Jack from Toronto in 2010. Jack played with the Hornets for two seasons, averaging 11.3 points before being traded to Golden State last year. The pick eventually wound in the hands of Charlotte which used it to take Tobias Harris of Tennessee and then dealt him to Milwaukee that day. Harris is now with Orlando and
averaged 17.3 points last season.

ROUND 2 (45)

Josh Harrellson, Kentucky. Harrellson was sent to New York on draft day for cash considerations. He spent time the Knicks and Miami but finished this season in Puerto Rico.

2012

ROUND 1 (1)

Anthony Davis, Kentucky. After winning the No. 1 pick in the lottery drawing, the Hornets used it to take Davis, the national Player of the Year. In his rookie season, Davis averaged 13.5 points in 64 games and was runner-up for NBA Rookie of the Year.

ROUND 1 (10)

Austin Rivers, Duke. Rivers played in 61 games and averaged 6.1 points before being sidelined late in the season with a broken wrist.

ROUND 2 (46)

Darius Miller, Kentucky. Miller appeared in 52 games, averaging 2.3 points.