Charlotte Hornets’ Disappointing Start Is Cause for Real Concern

November 25th, 2014 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

The Charlotte Hornets should be several steps into their Eastern Conference climb by this point.

Instead, they still haven't answered opportunity's knock and are now at risk of plateauing at—or even below—mediocrity.

It's hard to say exactly where everything started going wrong. The Hornets appeared to be making all the right calls, everything from returning their iconic teal-and-purple threads to buying low on intriguing options in free agency (Lance Stephenson) and on draft night (Noah Vonleh).

The Hornets had a buzz, and not only due to their smart decision of ditching the Bobcats moniker they had carried the previous 10 seasons, all but two of which ended without a playoff berth.

The stage appeared set for a rather substantial breakthrough. After all, the Hornets had rattled off 43 wins last season during head coach Steve Clifford's first year on the job. Their offense was of the hit-or-more-often-miss variety, but their dominant defense (sixth in efficiency) helped them overcome their struggles to score.

With an identity established and three cornerstones in place with Clifford, All ...

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