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2013 Charlotte Hornets

Tean Needs, Free Agents

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Charlotte Hornets (Last Year: 21-61)

2012-13 Season Summary:
A year after finishing with the worst win percentage in NBA history, the Hornets made massive strides by finishing with the SECOND-worst record in the league. (I really hope everyone read that with the sarcasm that I wrote it with.) You know what is not a winning formula; allowing more points than any other team in the league and scoring the second least total points. No wonder Mike Dunlap didn't make it past year one as head coach.

Kemba Walker was pretty much the same player from his rookie season, except he was more so thrust into the go-to scoring option with Gerald Henderson trying to serve as the second banana. 2012 NBA Draft No. 2 overall pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had an okay rookie season, while second-round pick Jeffery Taylor proved to be a great value selection. Byron Mullens showed steady promise as inside/outside threat and Bismack Biyombo provided some defensive prowess inside.

Everyone else on the roster is a temporary fix, including veterans Ramon Sessions, Ben Gordon, and Brendan Haywood. Tyrus Thomas remains one of the worst contracts in the NBA as he is still has two years and $18 million remaining, which is thievery for someone who played in just 26 games and averaged a measly 4.6 points per game this past season. For a franchise deep into a rebuilding effort, there isn't a ton of hope surrounding this Charlotte team.

2013-14 Projected Depth Chart:

C: #Byron Mullens/Brendan Haywood

PF: Bismack Biyombo/Tyrus Thomas/Jeff Adrien

SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist/Jeffery Taylor

SG: *Gerald Henderson/^Ben Gordon

PG: Kemba Walker/Ramon Sessions

NBA Free Agents:

#C-Byron Mullens (RFA)

*SG-Gerald Henderson (RFA)

^SG-Ben Gordon (ETO)

PF-Josh McRoberts (UFA)

C-DeSagana Diop (UFA)

SF-Reggie Williams (UFA)

PG-Jannero Pargo (UFA)

2013-14 Team Salary: Approximately $41.1 million

NBA Offseason Needs:

1. Draft Wisely: After a stretch of pretty awful drafts, (Sean May, Adam Morrison, Brendan Wright, Alexis Ajinca were first-round picks between 2005-2008 and all busts) Charlotte has landed some quality talent the past few years; Henderson, Walker, Biyombo, Kidd-Gilchrist, and Taylor. However, the Hornets haven't hit the homerun needed to find that true franchise player. It's unlikely they can find a star player in this weak class (Ben McLemore or Anthony Bennett will likely be their targets at No. 4), but adding a Walker instead of Morrison is needed to help the rebuilding effort.

2. What to do with RFA's?: As painful as is to say, Mullens and Henderson were two of Charlotte's more productive players and both are restricted free agents this offseason. Since the Hornets have zero chance of luring in any quality free agents with their cap space, they might be forced to re-sign both players to lengthy, overpriced deals. Because let's be honest, nobody wants to play for Charlotte without making some serious coin.

3. Low post scorer: Even with Mullens' development the past two seasons, he still doesn't give the Hornets a true low post scoring option. Biyombo, Haywood, and Thomas certainly don't fit that mold either. What Charlotte could use is a true offensive threat on the block to take some pressure off of the guards.

3. Stability: It was a curious move when an NBA team hired a college assistant last offseason to become its new head coach. That didn't turn out well, or last long, and now, the Hornets will be looking for their fourth head coach in four seasons. Michael Jordan and the front office need to find an up-and-coming head coach who can help try and turn the ship around. Constant change isn't going to help this team climb up from the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

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Murilo 01-03-2014 06:29 am (total posts: 1)
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Hmmmm the lowest seeedd team in the NFL playoffs has won the Superbowl before the lowest seed in the MLB playoffs has won before but the lowest seed from the NBA playoffs has never won a title In fact the Houston Rockets in the 1994-95 were the lowest seeedd team to ever win a title and they were seeedd 6th.So that alone makes me lean towards the NBA. And besides winning an NBA title must be the hardest one or else Lebron the no ring king would have won multiple championships by now right? I mean he is the great one, he is the chosen one, right?Yeah, I guess that means an NA title must be the hardest to win
penquin 06-11-2013 09:57 am (total posts: 1)
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The hell are you talking about with Walker? He improved his offensive efficiency, increased his defensive capabilities, and seemed much more comfortable running the offense.... He improved more than anyone on that team...
Teej 05-24-2013 11:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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Technically, Brandon Wright never played for Charlotte, so you can't really call him a Bobcat bust. He was traded on draft night for Jason Richardson, one of the few moves in the history of the Bobcats that was good. Unfortunately for them, they traded him away a year and a half later.
Tyler 05-24-2013 02:44 pm (total posts: 1)
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Adding more players to their depleted roster is a HUGE need. I envision them trading out of their pick (#4) to add additional players to their roster.
Jacks0n 11-20-2012 02:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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Cody Zeller..
Geiger 10-05-2012 01:14 pm (total posts: 1)
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I agree with you..the pick of Kidd-Ghilcrest was the reight choice,for the future. Hes a quality player, but wont be the go to star they need. This is the first step to rebuilding..I just hope Jordan will take the time to do this the right way and spend the money this offseason wisely.
Paul 07-25-2012 03:51 am (total posts: 1)
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I don't know how he will fare in the draft. I see the Gators may lose Nick Calathes, who has declared his itnnet but not hired an agent (which leaves him eligible to come back if he does not like where he goes, if he goes). It is hard to fault these guys for trying to maximize their very small window of opportunity. I think if I had a shot even a very long shot to be hired for a job that paid very well and could set my family for life it would be very hard not to at least apply.
Cameron 06-22-2012 02:06 pm (total posts: 3)
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Hey buddy, I posted that comment almost a year ago.
Cameron 06-22-2012 02:06 pm (total posts: 3)
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Hey buddy, I posted that comment almost a year ago.
@Cameron 05-08-2012 07:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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There the worst team, but Harrison Barnes? Didn't nail that prediction buddy.
Dorf 05-08-2012 10:29 am (total posts: 1)
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They Need to be retracted or relocated. They are just pathetic.
Cameron 06-28-2011 11:05 pm (total posts: 3)
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This was a smart draft for the Bobcats, and I absolutely loved the Kemba Walker pick. But plain and simple, the Bobcats will have the number one pick next year and they will choose Harrison Barnes. It's not even debateable.
Woody 06-24-2011 12:19 pm (total posts: 1)
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mprofetta 06-24-2011 11:11 am (total posts: 1)
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I'm not as high on this draft as most. Biyombo and Walker are redundant. The Bobcats already have similar young players in Thomas and Augustin. I'm not a big Stephen Jackson fan, but with Jackson gone, where will the points come from? Charlotte is a mess.
kh 06-23-2011 08:31 pm (total posts: 2)
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Bismack Biyombo sorry

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