STAYING: Troy Daniels, PJ Hairston, Al Jefferson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Brian Roberts, Kemba Walker, Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller.
ADDED: Nicolas Batum (Portland), Tyler Hansbrough (Toronto), Aaron Harrison (Kentucky), Spencer Hawes (LA Clippers), Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin), Jeremy Lamb (Oklahoma City), Jeremy Lin (Charlotte), Sam Thompson (Ohio State), Jason Washburn (Basic-Fit Brussels) and Elliot Williams (Santa Cruz Warriors).
GONE: Bismack Biyombo (Toronto), Gerald Henderson (Portland), Jason Maxiell (Tianjin Steel), Lance Stephenson (LA Clippers), Jeffery Taylor (Real Madrid), Noah Vonleh (Portland) and Maurice Williams (Cleveland).
STRENGTHS: They still have Al Jefferson, probably the most talented player in franchise history … Jefferson’s footwork in the low post is a thing of beauty … A real threat in the paint … Charlotte has a lot of length, athleticism and defensive prowess at the wings with Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist … Should be a strong rebounding team with those three on the floor … Solid point guard trio in Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lin and Brian Roberts … The Hornets take care of the ball … They ranked last in turnovers last year … Above-average defensive club that plays with good effort.
WEAKNESSES: Anemic offense … They need more weapons … No player on the team has ever averaged 18 ppg in a season apart from Jefferson … Outside shooting will remain a huge concern … MKG doesn’t shoot threes, Batum comes off a year-long shooting slump and the point guards don’t pose much of a threat from beyond the arc … Don’t be surprised if they repeat as the worst squad in the NBA in the three-point shooting department … Walker is notorious for his bad shooting percentages … They have not been a dangerous team in the open court lately either … Overall talent level is nothing to call home about … None of their young guys look like they are about to set the league on fire … They could use another rim protector.
PREDICTION: 4th in the Southeast Division / 11th in the Eastern Conference.