2014-15 Record: 33-49
2014-15 Offense: 94.2 PPG (28th)
2014-15 Defense: 97.3 PPG (6th)
Key Additions: Nicolas Batum (SF), Frank Kaminsky (F/C), Jeremy Lin (PG), Jeremy Lamb (SG)
Key Losses: Noah Vonleh (PF), Lance Stephenson (SG), Gerald Henderson (SG), Bismack Biyombo (PF), Mo Williams (G)
I don’t know what the Hornets are doing. I’m not saying what they’re doing is wrong, I just don’t understand what the plan is. They only won 33 games last year. They’re a long way away from contending. Shouldn’t they be rebuilding? It’s not like they have a bunch of young talent. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist might their best example of young talent but he’s been a disappointment and will miss most of this season with a torn labrum. I have no idea what their long term future is but what is this season going to be like?
The biggest offseason move was trading for former Blazers forward Nicolas Batum. Batum is a good player who can do a lot of things on the court but they had to give up last year’s first round pick, Noah Vonleh, to get him. Lance Stephenson was a disaster for the Hornets last year and they got rid of him but they had to take on an arguably worse contract, Spencer Hawes, to do it. The other big addition was the drafting of Wisconsin star, Frank Kaminsky. Did Michael Jordan not learn from Adam Morrison? The last time they drafted a white college star in the top ten it didn’t work out too well.
Vonleh and Stephenson aren’t their only losses either. Longtime starting shooting guard, Gerald Henderson, was traded to Portland along with Vonleh and another former first round pick, Bismack Biyombo, is now in Toronto. There’s a lot of change in Charlotte but I don’t think they’re any better. That’s not good news since they only won 33 games last year. Best case scenario is that Kaminsky is actually good and they win a few more games.