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(Sports Network) - Byron Scott is the new head coach for the New Orleans . He inherits a team that has two All-Stars, center and point guard . Scott, who had led the New Jersey to consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals before being fired during last season, replaces Tim Floyd. New Orleans was eliminated in seven games by the Miami in the first round of this year's postseason under the leadership of Floyd.

New Orleans was plagued by various injuries throughout the season. Forward , who did not play in the postseason, played just 19 games, while shooting guard in missed 21 games due to injury.

Magloire, who made his first All-Star game, had a breakout season. He averaged 13.6 points and 10.3 rebounds and showed that he is headed towards becoming one of the top big men in the league.

The 25-year-old Davis led the in scoring (22.9 ppg) and assists (7.5 apg), while power forward P.J Brown played tough defense and averaged 10.5 points and 8.6 rebounds.

The have a nice nucleus with Magloire, Davis, Brown, Mashburn and Wesley. When healthy, New Orleans can play with any team in the NBA. With the 18th overall selction, the could be looking at picking a high school or foreign player that needs time to develop their skills.

Key Player(s): (forward), (guard), (center), (forward), (guard), (forward).

Team Needs: Youth and depth.

Draft picks: 1st round (18th overall), 2nd round (44th overall).

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