The free agency hurricane has slowed to a soft drizzle, and for the Charlotte Hornets, the busy part of the summer is a thing of the past.
Now, everything roster-wise is just about finalized, less a few small, low-key signings between now and November. Charlotte’s top priority is now ensuring that their five new additions to the team mesh with the group from last year – hopefully well enough to make a decent playoff run. Luckily, a summer of practicing and bonding, and eventually preseason play should help do just that.
There is a ton of wiggle room as far as seeding in the East goes – much more so than in years past, and while that should make Hornets fans optimistic, it also makes it tough to pinpoint exactly what kind of shot this team has next year. Of course, in order to land a top seed, all the cogs will have to be moving together and the team will have to be working as a unit. The Hornets’ success is contingent on a number of factors; here is a breakdown of the five things that will determine whether or not the Hornets lock up a top spot by next April.