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. 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. Advantage:Thunder 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.