The New Orleans Hornets announced Monday they have surpassed an average of 12,000 tickets sold per game this upcoming season, which includes partial and full-season season ticket packages, group sales and suites sold at the New Orleans Arena, according to team spokesman Harold Kaufman. It is the highest tickets sold per game average prior to the season starting since the Hornets relocated from Charlotte, N.C., in 2002. Under new owner Tom Benson, the Hornets have made a push this offseason to either match or exceed last season’s 10,000 season ticket total. The Hornets are expected to be one of the young emerging teams to watch because of No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis and rookie guard Austin Rivers. Kaufman said they still have season tickets available in all categories. The Hornets open the regular season on Oct. 31 at the New Orleans Arena against the San Antonio Spurs.