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The 3 Biggest Question Marks for the Charlotte Hornets This Season!

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The Charlotte Hornets Chase For The Playoffs!

The Charlotte Hornets are notoriously quiet. When the Hornets traded for former All-Star Center Dwight Howard, the fact that Howard was leaving his hometown Atlanta Hawks after just one season got more fanfare than the Hornets did. Ask any “NBA fan” on the street and odds are the only Hornets player they can name is Kemba Walker. Coach Steve Clifford hasn’t gotten nearly enough credit for turning around the struggling franchise since his hiring in 2013. The Hornets should be good this year, but they still need to figure out a few things as the season progresses.

Will There Be Enough Minutes To Go Around For All The Hornets Shooting Guards?

Nicolas Batum, Malik Monk, Jeremy Lamb, and Dwayne Bacon are all talented players who all have one thing in common, they’re all shooting guards. The Hornets took Monk 11th overall in this year’s draft and got Dwayne Bacon in a trade with New Orleans. How they plan to get them all on the floor is another story. If you’re a Hornets fan or you share my feelings about Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, then you might agree that the best solution is to bench MKG in favor of Monk or Lamb. Kidd-Gilchrist’s consistent inconsistency has frustrated Hornets fans since the team drafted him in 2012.

While Batum is currently listed as the starter, don’t be surprised if we see Monk crack the starting lineup sooner rather than later. Charlotte used their 11th overall pick on him for a reason.

Who’s Going to Help Kemba?

Poor Kemba Walker is entering his seventh season in Charlotte. He’s been through three head coaches, four losing seasons, countless would-be benchwarmers in the starting lineup with him, and even a franchise name change. For Kemba, who was an All-Star for the first time last year, being the lone star on his team is nothing new. For Kemba and the Hornets’ sake, hopefully, this season will be different. The addition of big man Dwight Howard gives Kemba a fellow All-Star to play alongside, although there are no guarantees that he can put up numbers like he used to. Malik Monk was a proven scorer at Kentucky, but there’s no guarantee that’ll transfer to the NBA. Aside from those three, the Hornets roster, as always, is full of role players. Will Kemba and Dwight have enough support to lead Charlotte to the playoffs? Only time will tell.

Can Charlotte Snag a Top Five Seed?

In the mediocre Eastern conference, it’s all but guaranteed that the Hornets will make the playoffs. With multiple All-Stars, decent role players and a good head coach, it shouldn’t be too hard for them to make the playoffs. The real question is though, can they sneak into the top five. For argument’s’ sake, let’s assume Cleveland and Boston will be the top two seeds. Let’s also assume the Raptors, Wizards, Bucks, and Heat are also in the mix. In all honesty, seeds three through eight in the East are entirely up for grabs. If the Hornets play their game and execute down the stretch, who’s to say they don’t get the fourth or fifth seed?

Bold prediction: Charlotte can make it to the conference semifinals this year. The only thing stopping them from going any further is their inherent lack of two top-15 NBA players, something most other contenders seem to have. What has the NBA become?

How do you think the Hornets will do this season? Leave a comment down below.

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