As it stands right now, the Eastern Conference is wide open, and there couldn’t be a better situation for the Charlotte Hornets.
Speculation is king at this point in the offseason, and depending on whom you ask, the Hornets are projected from anything as high as a two-seed to as low as a fringe-playoff team.
Overall, the group is young, and the window for contention is wide open. With that said, it would be an utter disappointment if the Hornets failed to make the playoffs in the upcoming season, as the club has officially made the switch from rebuilding mode to “win-now” mode, ending last year with their first winning season since 2009-10.
While the offseason serves as a period in which players can relax, putting in work to improve for the next 82 games is equally as, if not more, important. Charlotte snuck into the postseason last year, but was annihilated at the hands of the Miami Heat, and suffered an embarrassing first-round loss in which it didn’t win a single game. Heading into next year, each key player should be looking to correct his biggest fault so that the club doesn’t suffer the same fate next May. Here is one area each starter must improve in for the Hornets to lock up a top seed.