On the Hornets, who at week's end were 29-30 and seventh in the East:
If David Wesley can come back all the way from his broken foot, then they're my dark horse in the playoffs. When healthy, their 10 players are better than anybody else's in the conference. In Jamal Mashburn and Baron Davis, they have two stars who can create their own shots. Surround them with P.J. Brown, Elden Campbell and either Wesley or George Lynch, and you have a good starting five. They can bring Lee Nailon's scoring off the bench, along with Jamaal Magloire's inside game and the experience of Stacey Augmon. They can play fast or slow, they know they can win on the road, and based on their playoff run last year, they should be very confident.