Comparing the 2005-06 Hornets roster to the 2008-09 Thunder’s: Hornets player* vs. Thunder player. Advantage
Chris Paul vs. Earl Watson. Advantage: Hornets Paul entered the league as one of the best point guards. J.R. Smith vs. Kevin Durant. Advantage: Thunder Critics of both point to sub par shot selection and defense, but Durant is the better talent. Desmond Mason vs. Jeff Green. Advantage: Hornets Mason, remember, was coming off a career year at 17.2 points per game in Milwaukee. David West vs. Chris Wilcox. Advantage: Thunder West was an unknown who averaged 6.2 points before arriving in Oklahoma City. P.J. Brown vs. Nick Collison. Advantage: Thunder Many similarities here, but Collison gets the edge over the then 36-year old Brown. Speedy Claxton vs. Russell Westbrook. Advantage: Thunder Claxton turned a near Sixth Man Award winning season into a fat contract.