At The Hive has spoken. After selecting Jannero Pargo and the Hornets' 2015 second round pick as the team's least valuable assets, our readers have voted Gary Neal as the next to go in our asset value countdown. Neal received 35 percent of all votes, which was 15 percentage points higher than the next highest vote-getter, Bismack Biyombo.
Neal was acquired in a trade with the Bucks back in February that sent Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien to Milwaukee just before the trade deadline. The 6'4" guard's reputation as a consistent 3-point shooter addressed a huge need for the Bobcats, who struggled mightily to space the floor when Josh McRoberts and Anthony Tolliver were on the bench. Neal's impact was felt immediately, and his presence was a major contributing factor to Al Jefferson's monstrous performances after the All Star break. It's much easier to operate in the post when an opponent can't risk bringing a second defender down for a double team.
Unfortunately for the Hornets, Neal's contract expires at the end of the upcoming season. Neal was a Steve Clifford favorite last season -- deservedly so, with the offensive boost he provided -- and it will be interesting to see if the Hornets' front office tries to retain him after the season. In today's NBA, shooters are easy to find. Neal's professional attitude and relationship with Clifford may play a role in the Hornets' decision, however.
Three down, 13 to go.