NBA Preview 2016-17: Charlotte Hornets

The NBA season is right around the corner. That means it’s time to take a closer look at each individual NBA team and predict how they will do this season. So strap in….it’s the ULTIMATE SPORTS BLOG’S 2016-17 NBA PREVIEW!!!!

 

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Record Last 10 Seasons: 48-34 (2016), 33-49 (2015), 43-39 (2014), 21-61 (2013), 7-59 (2012), 34-48 (2011), 44-38 (2010), 35-47 (2009), 32-50 (2008), 33-49 (2007)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2016 First-Round vs. Miami Heat

Last Playoff Series Win: 2002 First-Round vs. Orlando Magic

Last NBA Finals Appearance: Never

NBA Championships Won: 0


Head Coach:

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Steve Clifford

Overall Record: 124-122

Record With Team: 124-122

Playoff Record: 3-8


The Squad:

Starters:

PG: Kemba Walker (20.9 PPG, 5.2 APG, 4.4 RPG, 20.87 PER)

SG: Nic Batum (14.9 PPG, 5.8 APG, 6.1 RPG, 15.69 PER)

SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (12.7 PPG, 1.3 APG, 6.4 RPG, 16.97 PER)

PF: Marvin Williams (11.7 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.0 BPG, 16.90 PER)

C: Cody Zeller (8.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 0.9 BPG, 16.18 PER)

Bench:

Jeremy Lamb (SF), Marco Belinelli (SG), Frank Kaminsky (PF), Ramon Sessions (PG), Roy Hibbert (C), Spencer Hawes (C), Christian Wood (PF), Aaron Harrison (PG), Brian Roberts (PG), Treveon Graham (SG)


Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Kemba Walker (20.9)

Rebounds Per Game: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6.4)

Steals Per Game: Kemba Walker (1.6)

Assists Per Game: Nic Batum (5.8)

Blocks Per Game: Marvin Williams (1.0)

Turnovers Per Game: Nic Batum (2.9)


The Prediction:

50-32

The Charlotte Hornets were one of the surprise teams of the NBA last season. The team improved by fifteen wins over the previous season and made a return to the playoffs. Unfortunately, they were bounced from the first-round by the Miami Heat. The good news for Charlotte fans is, the team should be just as good as they were last season. The bad news for Charlotte fans is, the team definitely has a ceiling and unfortunately an NBA title will be near impossible to grab. Charlotte is a well-built NBA team. They don’t have any real extreme weaknesses and have some good depth on the bench and that will likely lead them to their best record since the 1990’s.

The question with this team is….can they win a playoff series? You know what this franchise has been through since they last won a playoff series? They went from being inactive for two seasons. Then they returned as the Charlotte Bobcats and stunk the NBA up for ten seasons. Now that they have returned to their old ways as the Charlotte Hornets, they look to have re-captured the magic they had in the late-1990’s, but can they sustain it or was last year just a miracle?

Like I said earlier, this team definitely has a ceiling but it wouldn’t surprise me to see them win a playoff series this year. They are a good team and some Eastern Conference teams took a dip this off-season and there will be a team or two who will take advantage of that. The problem with the Hornets is….they don’t have an NBA Superstar anywhere on their roster. If they did, I would feel a lot more comfortable regarding these guys chances of sneaking into the Eastern Conference Finals. Ultimately though, they will come up short in the end just like they always do.

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