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Charlotte Hornets Primed to Win Southeast Division


The Southeast Division remains the most impacted division from the offseason free agent moves, particularly Dwyane Wade's departure from Miami Heat and Al Horford and Jeff Teague's departure from the Hawks. The Charlotte Hornets are primed to win the division, given the return of their young core and the experience gained from taking the Miami Heat to 7 games in last year's first round of the playoffs. Several reasons support this argument, most notably a weaker Southeast Division and a stronger, more experienced Hornets young core.
The Heat and Hawks are projected to drop in rankings and fight for a final playoff spot in the East, even with the addition of free agents such as Dwight Howard (Hawks). The Orlando Magic, who traded Victor Oladipo to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Serge Ibaka, will similarly find it difficult to make the playoffs given their diminished offensive game. The Washington Wizards did not make any summer changes worth mentioning, besides awarding Bradley Beal a head-scratching $127 million contract. The Hornets remain the only consistent team in the division with no major roster changes and a returning young core with playoff experience under their belts.
The Hornets' core consists of Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeremy Lamb. The team added Marco Belinelli and Roy Hibbert last summer. Jeremy Lin's departure to the Brooklyn Nets will allow Walker's game to flourish, as the team's star seeks to improve his offensive decision-making. Now, Walker has two of the best perimeter defenders by his side in Batum and Kidd-Gilchrist and a newly signed center in Roy Hibbert to hone his pick and roll game. Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky will look to have breakout seasons as well, as the former is vying for the starting center position.
The Hornets, however, will need to improve on several key issues during the season, most notably: three-point shooting and low-post scoring. Last year, the Hornets ranked top 10 in defensive and offensive efficiency, but they lacked some much needed shooting and spacing, which they hope to receive from Lamb and Belinelli this year. Furthermore, with the departure of Al Jefferson to the Pacers, the Hornets will need Hibbert and Zeller to improve the team's low-post scoring. Most importantly, Steve Clifford will need to integrate the new players into the Hornets' system quickly, while giving the team's young core the freedom to flourish.
The Southeast Division is wide open with the departure of key free agents such as Wade, Horford and Teague. Now is the time for the Hornets' promising young core to not only win their division, but achieve a top 5 playoff spot and challenge the Eastern Conference's elite teams.


  • 9 Comments

    Would be great if the Hornets dominated the Southeast.

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    Ashevillelin
    Oct 28 2016 07:55 PM

    The Hornets' core consists of Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeremy Lamb. 
     

     

    Lamb? 

    Lamb?


    Maybe core means "center cut" in this case?
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    Vespa luctuosa
    Oct 28 2016 09:28 PM
    Lamb!
    Throw some spacing and indentation in there to separate some paragraphs and I think you might be onto something in that article.

    The Hornets, however, will need to improve on several key issues during the season, most notably: three-point shooting and low-post scoring. Last year, the Hornets ranked top 10 in defensive and offensive efficiency, but they lacked some much needed shooting and spacing, which they hope to receive from Lamb and Belinelli this year. Furthermore, with the departure of Al Jefferson to the Pacers, the Hornets will need Hibbert and Zeller to improve the team's low-post scoring. Most importantly, Steve Clifford will need to integrate the new players into the Hornets' system quickly, while giving the team's young core the freedom to flourish.
    The Southeast Division is wide open with the departure of key free agents such as Wade, Horford and Teague. Now is the time for the Hornets' promising young core to not only win their division, but achieve a top 5 playoff spot and challenge the Eastern Conference's elite teams.

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    Solid lol's but the best is Marcus Williams not once mentioning Marvin Williams. Probably why he thought spacing problematic last year.

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    InProblematique
    Oct 29 2016 12:43 AM

    "I watched three Hornets games last season, so now I know everything about the team."

     

    - this "article"

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    BrotherDave
    Oct 31 2016 12:36 AM

    Well Orlando looks like crap but they've got a lot of new pieces and a new coach so maybe they at least figure out their defense at some point.  Atlanta looks decent, Miami is stubbornly still really competitive and you can flip a coin on Washington.  So my hard hitting analysis is that I like Charlotte's chances of winning the SE.  

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    InProblematique
    Nov 01 2016 02:16 PM

    Well Orlando looks like crap but they've got a lot of new pieces and a new coach so maybe they at least figure out their defense at some point.  Atlanta looks decent, Miami is stubbornly still really competitive and you can flip a coin on Washington.  So my hard hitting analysis is that I like Charlotte's chances of winning the SE.  

    Ugh, you're not allowed to be optimistic. Your relentless pessimism is our good luck charm.





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