Charlotte Hornets: NBA 2014-15 Season Preview, Prediction, Outlook
2014 NBA Season
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Last season, the Charlotte Hornets made the playoffs for the first time since 2009 and have a returning team that is optimistic about what the future holds. These are no longer your seven-win Hornets. Instead, Charlotte is a talented squad looking to continue turning heads.
Here’s your 2014 Charlotte Hornets NBA preview.
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Key Additions: Lance Stephenson, Marvin Williams, Noah Vonleh
Key Losses: Josh McRoberts
Biggest Strength: You can’t help but love the Charlotte Hornets backcourt and the potential it brings to the table. Kemba Walker has really started to come into his own at the point guard position and Lance Stephenson has All-Star potential at shooting guard if he can just focus on basketball and not the antics. Those two players should feed off each other and help provide the Hornets with a scoring boost that wasn’t there a season ago. The combination of Walker and Stephenson will also help with entertainment purposes, as both players are from New York and play the game with a flashy style. Charlotte has something going at the guard spots.
Biggest Weakness: Even with the addition of Stephenson, the Charlotte Hornets still lack a respectable offensive game. Last season, the Hornets would go long stretches without putting a single point on the board and the addition of one player isn’t going to change things completely. Charlotte finished 23rd in the league in points per game and have only three players on the roster who were averaging double-digit points. The Hornets lost their floor spacer in Josh McRoberts and besides the guard spots, nobody on this team can create their own shot. Of course, it doesn’t help that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist still has a brutal offensive game. The Hornets are moving in the right direction but the lack of offensive game is still a glaring issue.
Expectations: The Charlotte Hornets are a much better team than a few years ago and have the potential to make some surprising noise in the East. Charlotte is going to be a very competitive team with a core made up of Al Jefferson, Kemba and Stephenson, and another playoff season is certainly in the cards. How far the Hornets can advance is still up in the air, but Charlotte fans at least have something to be excited about, which wasn’t the case a couple of seasons ago.