[2017-18 NBA Preview] Charlotte Hornets

The NBA season is almost here. While the majority of people think the NBA season is already over before it even begins (let’s just go ahead and crown the Golden State Warriors right now, right?). we still have to let the season play out because YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN, RIGHT?

What if the Warriors are involved in some kind of freak accident and everyone gets hurt?

Well, the league just opened up for all 29 other teams to win the whole thing.

Even though I personally believe it would take a plane wreck to take the Warriors down, there are some NBA teams out there that think they have the tools and weapons to do exactly that.

Are the Charlotte Hornets one of those teams? The Hornets haven’t won a playoff series in almost twenty years and it’s time for this team to bring the wonderful city of Charlotte some good news. Dwight Howard is in town now and he’s on his tenth team in four years. Will Charlotte be the city that Dwight recaptures the magic from his glory days? The Eastern Conference is wide open outside of the Cavaliers and the Celtics and the Hornets are definitely one of those teams that can jump up and take the next step. But will they?

LET’S FIND OUT!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 21-61 (2012-13), 43-39 (2013-14), 33-49 (2014-15), 48-34 (2015-16), 36-46 (2016-17)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2015-16 First-Round vs. Miami Heat

Last Playoff Series Win: 2001-02 First-Round vs. Orlando Magic

Last NBA Finals Appearance: Never

NBA Championships Won: None


 

Head Coach:

Steve Clifford

Overall Record: 160-168

Record With Team: 160-168

Playoff Record: 3-8


 

The Squad:

Starters (with averages for last season):

PG: Kemba Walker (23.2 PPG, 5.5 APG, 3.9 RPG, 21.3 PER)

SG: Nic Batum (15.1 PPG, 5.9 APG, 6.2 RPG, 15.8 PER)

SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (9.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 14.3 PER)

PF: Marvin Williams (11.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.4 APG, 13.7 PER)

C: Dwight Howard (13.5 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 1.2 BPG, 20.8 PER)

Bench:

Michael Carter-Williams (PG), Malik Monk (SG), Jeremy Lamb (SF), Frank Kaminsky (PF), Cody Zeller (C), Johnny O’Bryant (PF), Julyan Stone (PG), Dwayne Bacon (SF), Treveon Graham (SG)


 

Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Kemba Walker (23.2)

Rebounds Per Game: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (7.0)

Steals Per Game: Nic Batum (1.1)

Assists Per Game: Nic Batum (5.9)

Blocks Per Game: Roy Hibbert (1.0)

Turnovers Per Game: Nic Batum (2.5)


 

The Prediction:

45-37

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