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2005-06 Hornets vs. 2008-09 Thunder

Oklahoman Published: October 27, 2008
But Westbrook is the better player.

Rasual Butler vs. Damien Wilkins. Advantage: Thunder

Butler could shoot and do little else. Wilkins is a more versatile scorer.

Chris Andersen vs. Joe Smith. Advantage: Thunder

Andersen never lived up to his Birdman hype.

Kirk Snyder vs. Kyle Weaver. Advantage: Hornets

When he wasn’t in Byron Scott’s doghouse, Snyder averaged 9.7 points, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals as a starter.

Bostjan Nachbar vs. Johan Petro.

Advantage: Hornets

A foot injury derailed Nachbar’s season before his ultimate trade. But he could shoot it.

Jackson Vroman vs. Robert Swift. Advantage: Thunder

Only one of them is still in the NBA.

Brandon Bass vs. D.J. White. Advantage: Thunder

Bass was a wide-eyed rookie and prone to mistakes before he made a name for himself in Dallas.

Maciej Lampe vs. Mo Sene. Advantage: Thunder

Lampe played just 16 minutes before being dealt to Houston in mid-season.

Arvydas Macijauskas vs. John Lucas.


Macijauskas was touted as a shooter. Lucas is a shooter.

* The Hornets opened the 2005-06 season with 14 players. Mason was omitted from the Thunder’s roster.

**Analysis based on where Hornets players were in their careers entering the 2005-06 season.


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