With James Borrego taking over the head coaching duties in Charlotte, the Hornets have their sights set on a return to the playoffs during the 2018-19 season. All-Star point guard Kemba Walker is in the final year of his contract, meaning this year could be his last in the Queen City.
The Hornets will have the same starting lineup as they did last season. Charlotte’s trio of small forwards - Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Marvin Williams - will join point guard Kemba Walker and center Cody Zeller. Walker and Batum are the offense’s top playmakers, while Kidd-Gilchrist anchors the defense on the perimeter. Expect Jeremy Lamb and Frank Kaminsky to provide a much needed scoring punch and three point shooting off the bench.
The Hornets made a few moves in the summer which should drastically change their bench. In a surprising move, Tony Parker left the San Antonio Spurs to join fellow Frenchman Nicolas Batum in Charlotte. Parker will serve as Kemba Walker’s primary backup in what may be the final chapter of his legendary career. Charlotte also traded for center Bismack Biyombo, who was actually drafted by the Hornets in 2011 and spent the first four years of his career in Charlotte. Biyombo is an elite rim protector who should thrive coming off the bench behind Zeller.
The Hornets will also expect first round pick Miles Bridges to contribute right away. The 20-year old small forward will be a key piece off the bench, along with last year’s first round pick - Malik Monk. This will be an important year for Monk to translate his elite scoring ability that he displayed in college over to the NBA.
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