Charlotte Hornets: 66-1


Even when the rebranded (is it a rebranding if you’re just going back to an older brand? Can brands work? Someone get me a new strategist on the telephone ) Charlotte Hornets are not anything close to title contenders, they will at least look good as they attempt to improve on the No. 7 seed that they caught as the Bobcats last year.
The new duds are slick, and Lance Stephenson will unveil the club with plenty of”no, no, YES!” razzle-dazzle. Not only that, but rookie big man Noah Vonleh is intriguing, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s jumper looks more like a shot than a contortionist pattern gone horribly wrong.
There’s reason to get fired up about these Hornets. Perhaps you will say there is a buzz in Charlotte. You wouldn’t say that, naturally, because that is about as hacky as it gets.
Suffice it to say the accession of Stephenson and much more moments for Kidd-Gilchrist could assist the league’s sixth-ranked defense get much better this year. If the crime around focal point Al Jefferson also enhances (which it might with Kemba Walker heading right into a contract year), the Bugs could surely increase the playoff ladder.

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