Okay just take a deep breath Charlotte Hornets fans, we are going to be okay. I promise. After losing star ball-handler Kemba Walker to Free Agency, there's no secret that this is going to be a rebuilding process for the Charlotte Hornets. BUT, don't get too down and out, there are some intriguing pieces to monitor this year and let us tell you why.
THE MILES BRIDGES HYPE TRAIN
- If you didn't get to watch most of the Miles Bridges Show in Las Vegas during Summer League this offseason, then you missed out on some incredible eye-opening plays by Bridges. Still, if you're sitting here reading this as a Hornets fan, you know exactly why we are so intrigued. Bridges is a freakish athlete and that might honestly be a bit of an understatement. Heading into the offseason, it was obvious that Bridges next step in his development would be developing some confidence with his outside shooting. So far, it looks as if the work has paid off. Bridges has a big year in front of him and could turn into a building block for this Charlotte organization as they progress towards a rebuild
PJ WASHINGTON IS GOING TO BE A PLAYER
- Make no mistake about this, I am a big believer in PJ Washington's future pro outlook and I believe the Hornets definitely got themselves a player in this year's draft selection. I expect Washington to start out the year coming off of the bench for the Hornets, but it's only a matter of time before the Hornets realize they have to give PJ as much run as they possibly can. Washington is a bit undersized for your classic power forward but makes up with that with great length and leaping ability. He's a jack of all trades player, he can step out and stretch the defense as shown in his Sophomore year at Kentucky, and he's developing into a respectable defender as well.
THE SCARY TERRY EXPERIENCE
- Well well well...welcome Hornets fans to the Terry Rozier "Scary Terry" experience. We hope you're ready. Now, first of all, don't expect Rozier to come in and fill Kemba Walker's shoes...that's just not going to happen. But Rozier will be more motivated than ever to prove to the rest of the NBA that he's a starting-caliber point guard. What to expect with Rozier? He can get a bit dribble-happy, but Rozier is also one of the most explosive players in this league. He will show you flashes of being a "Westbrook-hybrid" and he's incredibly shifty. It's going to be a big storyline to track throughout the year as of what Terry Rozier can do with starter minutes.
CAP SPACE OPENING UP
- One of the Achilles heels of the Charlotte Hornets over the recent years has been the lack of salary cap space but the light at the end of the tunnel is shining brighter than ever. Heading into the 2020 offseason, the Hornets will have 3 notable contracts coming off of the books. Veterans Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ($13,000,000), Bismack Biyombo ($17,000,000) and Marvin Williams ($15,006,250) are all scheduled to become Free Agents after this season. Next Summer could prove to be a big offseason for the Hornets to add some nice pieces to the arsenal for the upcoming year.
- While it's going to be a "challenging" year in Charlotte, there's still plenty of storylines to pay close attention to. Yes, it's going to be easy for Hornets fans to want to look forward to next year already when a mountain of cap space is going to open up, but pay attention to the development of the youth. If Miles Bridges takes a step forward and PJ Washington shows promise as a rookie, as well as Terry Rozier on the revenge path, this Hornets team could find themselves with some intriguing building blocks to go off of. Keep an eye on former lottery selection Malik Monk as well, who will have every opportunity to take a big step forward as a primary scorer this year.
|Terry Rozier||Nicolas Batum||Dwayne Bacon||Miles Bridges||Cody Zeller|
|Devonte' Graham||Malik Monk||Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||Marvin Williams||Bismack Biyombo|
|Cody Martin||Kobi Simmons||PJ Washington||Willy Hernangomez|
|Jalen McDaniels||Thomas Welsh|