The 2011–12New Orleans Hornets season was the 10th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). For the first time since the 2004-05 season, Chris Paul was not on the roster as he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers during the lockout. Paul was supposed be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers but then commissioner David Stern vetoed the trade. The post-Chris Paul era Hornets finished the shortened season with a terrible 21-45 record, last in the Western Conference.
Due to the 2011 NBA lockout negotiations, the programmed pre-season schedule, along with the first two weeks of the regular season were scrapped, and a two-game pre-season was set for each team once the lockout concluded.