Hornets 2015-16 Schedule: Top Games, Championship Odds and Record Predictions

August 12th, 2015 by Timothy Rapp Leave a reply »

The Charlotte Hornets enter the 2015-16 season in danger of being stuck in basketball purgatory—the unenviable place between being a championship contender and being bad enough to earn a high draft pick to select a future star.  

On the one hand, the Hornets have a talented young core that includes Kemba Walker, Cody Zeller, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Nicolas Batum—who was acquired in a deal that sent last year's first-round pick, Noah Vonleh, to Portland. This year's first-round pick, Frank Kaminsky, joins the group too. Add in Al Jefferson, Spencer Hawes, Jeremy Lin, Tyler Hansbrough and Jeremy Lamb, and the Hornets have the makings of a playoff roster.

The problem for Charlotte is that it has a playoff roster in the Eastern Conference. Out West, the team would be in trouble, but the East is weak outside of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat. The Hornets aren't good enough to reach the NBA Finals ahead of those teams, but they appear to be good enough to compete for a playoff spot, which means that franchise-altering player isn't likely to end up in Charlotte through ...

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