The NBA season is right around the corner, and the Charlotte Hornets know who they have to prepare for on their 2015-16 schedule.
Last season was a bit of a down year for the Charlotte Hornets. It was their first season ‘back’ as the Hornets after being known as the Bobcats since returning to the area. They signed Lance Stephenson in the summer and everything went to hell in a hand basket after that.
After making the postseason in 2013-14, the Hornets missed the playoffs last year and regressed in a way that made fans nervous heading into an offseason of uncertainty. However, the damage might have been offset by some pretty decent moves the team made throughout the summer.
Not everything was positive, as trading away a potential star in Noah Vonleh wasn’t an easy decision but acquiring Nicolas Batum and Spencer Hawes are two solid additions the team needed in a big way. There was also the draft controversy about wanting Justise Winslow and not accepting a trade from Boston for him, but landing Frank Kaminsky isn’t a bad way to go about your draft night.
Like everything Charlotte does, it wasn’t pretty and not everybody loved the moves they made. But there is no denying that they upgraded their roster this summer and are primed to try and make another run at the postseason. The downside is that the East has gotten immensely more competitive with players from the West moving over and teams just getting better all around.
That only means Charlotte needs to step up their game in 2015-16 and need to study the schedule to see where the weaknesses are and where the tough stretches the season might be defined are. There are no guarantees in the 2015-16 season for the Hornets but it’s going to be an interesting season to watch regardless.
More from Charlotte Hornets
- Who is James Nnaji, and what can he become for the Charlotte Hornets?
- Should the Hornets be worried about Brandon Miller’s Summer League woes?
- P.J. Washington has named his price: Is he worth it?
- The new NBA flopping rules explained
- NBA Free Agency Live Deal Tracker: Grading every signing made worst to best