Over the next several weeks, we’re going to be “scouting the enemy,” as we’ll be covering the outlook for the 29 other teams in the league ahead of the 2019-2020 season.
The Charlotte Hornets have had one of the more mediocre offseasons in the NBA this summer. Low balling former cornerstone NBA Point Guard Kemba Walker on a max contract is a good example of that. It wouldn’t seem that one of greatest players in NBA history would run an NBA organization the way Micheal Jordan has run the Hornets heading into his tenth season.
In the nine seasons that Jordan has had control of the Hornets organization, Charlotte has made the playoffs only twice. Twice in nine seasons, in an Eastern Conference that is known for being not deep at all beyond the top tier of teams.
The Young Core:
It seems like there aren’t a lot of positives going for the Hornets. Lack of young talent, no veteran players that can truly lead, and no real direction. What is good for Hornets fans is that they have two solid young guys in Miles Bridges and Malik Monk. Bridges will be entering his second season in the NBA, and will be looking to continue his growth.
What scares me about Bridges and Monk’s situation in Charlotte is that there is no clear direction with the team. You add in the lack of veteran voices to help Bridges through rough spots, and the situation is scary.
Bridges only averaged 7.5 PPG, and was not a threat in other categories. His counterpart Monk also doesn’t scream star talent, but potential can be a powerful thing. This year will be huge to see where their ceiling may be, and is something to watch for with the Hornets.
It gets worse?
It does get worse for the Hornets. Not only did they low ball Kemba Walker, but they replaced Walker with four year veteran Terry Rozier. Not knocking Walker, but it was reported that Hornets management felt confident replacing Walker with Rozier, which...sounds crazy. Not to mention Rozier signed a three year $56.7 million contract. 7.7 PPG, 2.3 Ast, and 38 percent shooting is what Charlotte gets for the next three seasons in Rozier.
Charlotte is in the weakest conference playing in the East, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t be one of the worst teams in the league. No stars, and no direction tend to lead to a bottom three team this upcoming season for the Hornets.