Where do the Hornets go From Here?
Although the team let go of several key pieces many felt the team would only take a small step back or stay the same as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would be returning. Kidd-Gilchrist missed almost all of the 2015-16 season, in the games he did play he seemed to of taken a major step forwards. When the team hit the court however all optimism died, following a hot start the Hornets play dipped hard. Many of that could be contributed to key piece Cody Zeller's season plagued with injuries. Another scapegoat was the play of Ramon Sessions, who was not preforming as the teams back-up point guard.
This led to a mess when coach Steve Clifford opted to goto the bench, scoring became difficult and everything seemed to not work. The Hornets missed the playoffs after a injury plagued season.
Coming into the offseason the Hornets seemed to hit the lottery in every way they realistically could. Trading a bad contract and roleplay for Dwight Howard and Malik Monk falling to them in the draft. The hype for the team was back on as many believed the Hornets had fixed the bench issues along with adding a top tier center in Dwight Howard. Once the season started the team didn't exactly gell, but the pair of Kemba Walker and a resurgent Dwight Howard proved to be elite at times. With Nic Batum back from injury, the Hornets beat the red hot Milwaukee Bucks. Many suspected this could be the turning point of the season in a positive way,but the opposite occurred. The Hornets proceeded to go 4-13 over the next seventeen games with awful losses to teams such as the Bulls.
Today the Hornets sit at twelfth in the east at 20-28, with the trade deadline looming and the possibility of another disappointing season. Nic Batum has caught the bulk of the criticism, the highly payed shooting guard has had a awful season with many questioning his heart. While talented nineteen year old Malik Monk rides the bench. The team will have to make some tough choices soon, long time Hornets coach Steve Clifford and GM Rich Cho's jobs could be at stake very soon. The team in general is at a fork in the road with many possibilities. Should they trade Walker and tank? Should they stay the course with this team hoping this season was a fluke? Is Nic Batum's in a one year funk or should he be traded? Whose to blame and whose catching undeserved criticism? Rumors are swirling around the Hornets, one day Kemba is up for trade and the next MJ is only trading him for another all star. Alot of confusion surrounds this Hornets team, but what will the end be?