With the season over, the Charlotte Hornets look to the offseason after a surprising campaign. After a 33-39 season and an appearance in the inaugural Play-In Tournament, the Charlotte Hornets, for the first time since 2016 go into this offseason with positive hope for the future. The Hornets have every right to feel positive about this past season despite a sour taste to end the year.
With an exciting young player and Rookie of the Year in LaMelo Ball,. Quality role players in Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier, a high flyer in Miles Bridges, and a young frontcourt player with PJ Washington. Like with all teams who are looking toward the future, there are ways that the Hornets can be better. Here are the three ways to ensure a successful offseason for the Charlotte Hornets and predictions for the upcoming season.
1. The Hornets Must Obtain a Center
With all due respect to Bismack Biyombo and Cody Zeller, the Charlotte Hornets could do with an upgrade much better in the Center position. Last season, the center position was not as strong with the Hornets using several different players in that position. Biyombo, Zeller, PJ Washington, and Vernon Carey Jr (after being in the NBA G-League bubble) all took turns during the season at Center with mixed results. Unless the Hornets are comfortable with bringing back Biz or Cody, they would need to look in free agency or the sign-and-trade market to find an upgrade.
2. Find a Diamond in the Rough With the #11 Pick
In the NBA Draft Lottery, the Charlotte Hornets drew the 11th pick and recently, the Hornets have had a few hits at that pick with Malik Monk in 2017 and Miles Bridges in 2018. In the first round, the Hornets may be looking at a role player like Corey Kispert or Moses Moody and they could even try to add to the backcourt game by drafting Josh Giddey. Either way, if the Hornets wish to make this upcoming season a success, they would need to strike when the iron is hot and get a valuable role player that can complement LaMelo Ball.
3. Build the Team Around LaMelo
The safe bet around Buzz City is that LaMelo Ball is the unquestionable face of the team and the organization needs to do everything in their power to make the team around LaMelo better for next season and beyond. Already, the Hornets have a few pieces on the team with Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, and Miles Bridges but in today’s NBA climate, there is always room for role players. Charlotte may not have the most cap space but along with a center, the Hornets could use a quality wing player or a sixth man to help in the backcourt, in case things go awry with the other players due to trades.
Charlotte Hornets Way-Too-Early Season Prediction
If the Charlotte Hornets achieve all three of these goals, the sky is the limit for this team, but the Eastern Conference is as tough as it has been in years from top to bottom. The Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Philadelphia 76ers will be at the top of the totem pole, the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks were surprise contenders this past season, and you can’t count out teams like the Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers or Miami Heat making a run into the playoffs. Charlotte can be a solid 6-8 seed and a presence in the Play-In Tournament next season, but it can take a solid offseason to make those visions turn into reality. Buzz City fans, where do you think the Hornets will be next season and who do you think that the Hornets should target in free agency and in the NBA Draft?
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