When Chris Paul was out for months at a time with injuries, the Hornets were in trouble. It was Chris Paul, the player that would keep New Orleans in contention for the playoffs this season. This hasn't been the guy's year.

But the Hornets have hope, and it's mostly because of the contributions of this one player. Out UCLA, it's the team's 21st pick in the draft, Darren Collison. He has been the difference-maker and mostly the only reason the Hornets are at a over-.500 record along with a bit of contention for the playoffs. At 30-27, anything can happen.

But Collison has made the difference. Currently, the 6-foot, 160-pound point guard has been averaging 9.3 PPG and 4.2 APG. With Paul gone, Collison will serve as the starting point guard, and he hasn't disappointed.

In a 113-111 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on January 30th, Collison delivered 17 points along with breaking the team's rookie record of assists in a game, as he registered 18. Collison was also the reason that New Orleans stopped the Pacers on February 19 in a 107-101 win, putting up 18 points, 13 rebounds, and twelve assists as he became the second rookie this season with a triple-double.

Collison continuing to amaze people. He is going to be an important player for years to come in this Hornets franchise. Next season, when Paul is hopefully healthy, a one-two punch will combine of these two probably at the guards position. The Hornets have two great guards. They need to put them in good use.

As of right now, New Orleans is worried about the playoffs. The West is very tough, and the Hornets are almost there. Right now, they need Darren Collison more than anyone. With him around, don't doubt this team making it.