Charlotte Hornets 2015-2016 Season Preview
(Courtesy of Bryson Gordon:GreensboroSports.com)
Coach- Steve Clifford (2nd Season, 76-88)
Projected Opening Night Roster
Nic Batum SF
Troy Daniels SG
PJ Hairston SF
Tyler Hansbrough PF
Aaron Harrison PG
Spencer Hawes C
Al Jefferson C
Frank Kaminsky PF
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF
Jeremy Lamb SG
Jeremy Lin PG
Brian Roberts PG
Kemba Walker PG
Marvin Williams PF
Cody Zeller PF
+++++Projected starting lineup for Opening Night+++++
PG- Kemba Walker
SG- P.J. Hairston
SF- Nic Batum
PF- Cody Zeller
C- Al Jefferson
Famed owner Michael Jordan decided to make some moves this offseason for his Hornets team.
Jordan went out and got Nic Batum, Jeremy Lamb, Jeremy Lin, Spencer Hawes, to pair with his franchise core Kemba Walker, and Al Jefferson. The Charlotte Hornets, one year removed from its last playoff appearance, should not be a slight in the NBA this season.
Kemba Walker, who is looking to build on his first 4 seasons in the league, in which he has averaged 16 points and 5 assists, will be leading the Hornets solid backcourt, which also features Linsanity, former member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Jeremy Lamb, ex-Tar Heel, and Greensboro native, PJ Hairston, and several other guards.
The Hornets will be without its top draft pick in 2012, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who injured his shoulder in the preseason. With the loss of Gilchrist, look for the Hornets top pickup this offseason, Nic Batum, to produce even more, having to pick up the slack that Gilchrist left.
The Hornets frontcourt will be led by big man Al Jefferson, who is looking to build on his two dominant seasons in Charlotte. The Hornets drafted Wisconsin Phenom, and national player of the year last year, Frank Kamisnky. Kaminsky will be expected to play alongside Cody Zeller, whose growth and development in the last year cannot be overstated. The Hornets also added former Tar Heel, Tyler Hansbrough, in hopes that he can bring a little extra toughness to the squad.
This Hornets team will shock the mainstream media if they make the playoffs, but I for one will not be surprised in the least bit. This Hornets team added in its weakest department, three point shooting, in which it ranked in the bottom of the league for several years.
The Hornets may not be a top 3 team in the East, but this team is a very good choice for an underdog to make the playoffs. These are not the Bobcats anymore, these are the new and improved Charlotte Hornets, who we should look to be good in the NBA for a few years!!!
My Prediction- I see this team getting a six seed in the East, and playing a team like the Hawks or Raptors, and losing a hard fought series in 6 or 7 games.