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|Colours:||Teal, dark purple & grey|
|Hall of Famers:||Robert Parish, Alonzo Mourning & Vlade Divac|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Larry Brown|
|Rivals:||Miami Heat & Boston Celtics|
|Legends:||Larry Johnson, Muggsy Bogues, Chris Paul, Alonzo Mourning, Glen Rice, David West, Dell Curry, Baron Davis, Eddie Jones, Kendall Gill, Vlade Divac & Robert Parish|
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Founded in 1988 as part of the NBA expansion team, the Hornets played in the Eastern Southeast division in the early part of their tenure in the city. The Hornets made their NBA debut in the 1988-89 season, with their first-ever match against the Cleveland Cavaliers at home in front of a capacity Charlotte Coliseum, however, the home support wasn’t enough as they went down 113-93.
It didn’t take long before the Hornets gave Charlotte something to cheer for as they notched their first-ever win in the NBA a few days later overcoming the Los Angeles Clippers 117-105. Then in December, the Hornets made a statement of intent downing Micheal Jordan’s Chicago Bulls 103-101.
Despite some glimpse of the inaugural season, the Hornets finished with a 20-62 win-loss record, prompting coach Carl Scheer to move on from his roles. Although the Hornets finished last in their first season in the Atlantic division, there were still reasons to be optimistic as the franchise home support led the attendance rates- a feat which they would hold onto in their first five years.
The beginning of the 90s could be seen as one of the most exciting periods for the Hornets as they secured pick one in the 1991 NBA draft in which they chose Larry Jackson who would become an instant sensation, as a year later he picked up the 1992 NBA Rookie of the year award.
Then a year later they struck gold again in the draft this time drafting Alonzo Mourning with their second pick and again he hit the ground running. Along with other players such as Kendall Gill, Mourning and Jackson sparked the Hornets to their first-ever playoffs in the 1992-93 season where the Hornets finished third in the central division with a 44-38 win-loss record.
They claimed their first playoff victory when they defeated the Boston Celtics, but were knocked out by the New York Knicks in the second round in five games. The Hornets returned to the playoffs in the 1994-95 season with a 50-32 record but again were knocked out this time to the Chicago Bulls.
The Hornets traded Mourning ahead of the 1995-96 season for Glen Rice, Matt Gieger and Khalid Reeves and they hit the ground running in their first season at Charlotte but just missed the playoffs.
Later in 1996 the Hornets also acquired Vlade Divac who slotted in well with the team as the Hornets ended the 1995-96 season with a 54-28 win-loss record, a franchise record and made the playoffs.
A season later in the 1997-98 season, they set a new franchise record as it was the first time they made the finals back-to-back and advanced to the second round where they were left undone by the Bulls.
The early 2000s were also a successful period for the Hornets as they made the playoffs in 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons, however, the 2002 season would be the last for the Charlotte Hornets as they were relocated to New Orleans.
2004 saw the return of an NBA franchise in Charlotte known this time they were known as the Bobcats in which they carried the name until 2014. Two years after it was announced the return of the Bobcats, legendary Hall of Famer Micheal Jordan owned a minority stake in the franchise. In 2010 Jordan took full control over the franchise and even became general manager.
In 2014, after submission to the NBA, in which it was approved, the Bobcats were back to being called the Charlotte Hornets as the team in New Orleans changed their name from Hornets to the Pelicans, as well as relinquishing and owning the history from 1988 as well as the Bobcats era.
After years of mediocrity the Hornets looked to be making some strides. Trading long-term point guard Kemba Walker for a younger and cheaper Terry Rozier and then in the following offseason signing Gordon Hayward and drafting LaMelo Ball.
The 2020-21 season wasn’t quite what Charlotte wanted it to be, struggling with injuries to key players but Ball ended up winning Rookie of the Year and their future is looking bright.
After sneaking into the play-in tournament as the 10th seed despite missing Lamelo for part of the season, the Hornets may be on the edge of a breakout season. This team made its first big leap into relevance last season and will be trying to break the longest playoff drought in the Eastern Conference. Although the Hornets have lost some important pieces this offseason, will the continued development be enough to thrust this young team into the playoffs or are they still one season away?
Under owner Michael Jordan, the Hornets have been rather steady in terms of their front office despite the lack of success. In fact, the Hornets head coach James Borrego got his contract extended this offseason. In his 3 seasons as head coach of the Hornets the team hasn’t had a single winning record making his contract extension before the season begins a little confusing.
Before his stint in Charlotte, Borrego had one stint as interim head coach of the Magic, where he went 10-20, as well as several assistant coaching jobs around the league. Borrego is known for his faster playing style and emphasis on player development, which is well suited to this Hornets roster.
In his time with the Hornets, Borrego has built a strong player development program and has taken the Hornets in the right direction. Borrego will need to try and keep pushing the Hornets forward this season as hype builds around the team.
To help Borrego push the Hornets to take the next step, the front office has made some major moves to their roster, namely getting rid of Devonte Graham and Malik Monk. Both of these young guards were impact players who shot well from 3. These moves establish Terry Rozier and Lamelo Ball as the starters in the Hornets backcourt. The team also got rid of Cody Zeller who has been a mainstay with the franchise. The Hornets have acquired Mason Plumlee to fill the hole at centre.
Plumlee is certainly an upgrade. The biggest surprise this offseason for me was the addition of Kelly Oubre. Although Oubre will definitely help the Hornets play with a little more pace as he gives the Hornets more versatility, he will be an addition to a wing position that is already quite full on this Hornets roster.
With Gordon Hayward, Miles Bridges, PJ Washington, rookie JT Thor, Wesley Iwundu, Cody Martin and Jalen McDaniels all part of the wing rotation, adding another player to this log jam may cause playing time issues even if the Hornets go super small and run PJ Washington at centre like they did last season. Regardless, the Hornets have gotten better and seem to be building around Lamelo Ball.
The key to the franchise and this season is Lamelo Ball. Ball had a strong rookie of the year campaign where he averaged 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Ball had a huge impact on the Hornets as he helped push the ball and led the Hornets to have the biggest jump in pace in the league. This faster style of play complements the desired style of coach Borrego and will be key in the upcoming season.
With roster adjustments to fit this faster play style, the Hornets will be running the ball through Ball this season. Expect his usage rate to go from 37th in the league at 26.1% to somewhere in the top 15 at around 31%. With an increased usage rate we expect Ball’s production to increase as well, namely in assists where he will have an abundance of weapons to pass to. If Ball can adapt to the increased usage and simultaneously improve his efficiency, the Hornets are our favourite for the 8th seed in the East.
The second most important player on the Hornets is Gordon Hayward. Although Terry Rozier averaged more points and assists, Hayward at his prime is worlds ahead of Rozier. If Hayward can keep on improving to near the level he was at in his prime in Utah, he may be the number 1 scoring option the Hornets need to make a playoff push.
Hayward definitely showed signs last season he can do that, shooting 41.5% from 3 and averaging 19.6 points per game. Hayward was sidelined for the Hornets play-in tournament game and could’ve been the difference maker. We think Hayward plays hard this season and averages close to 25 points. If Hayward regresses, the drop off isn’t huge but it is enough to push the Hornets out of the play-in tournament.
Lamelo Ball is the easy choice as he looks to follow up his ROTY campaign but our breakout player is Miles Bridges. Bridges has popped on our feed a few times with thunderous highlight dunks, but he is much more than that. On top of his unworldly athleticism, Bridges can also shoot. Bridges shot 50.3% from the field and 40% from 3 last season.
However, when Hayward was out near the end of the season, Bridges took it to the next level shooting 53% from the field and 44% from 3, averaging 19.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He definitely turned the corner at the end of the season. With new responsibility and a higher usage rate likely in line for this efficient scorer, we think Bridges breaks out and is a fringe All-Star candidate for us.
No one expected Charlotte to be putting any serious pressure on the teams near the top, opening with +16000 odds for the 2021 NBA Championship, 27th in the league.
The Hornets finished half a game above .500 when looking at their against the spread record, going 36-35-1. Charlotte was actually one of the best ATS teams in the league early in the season, especially on the road, but injuries to both Hayward and Ball slowed that down.
Those injuries combined for an inconsistent offense meant that Charlotte’s total points record was just 32-40, 27th best in the league. They were a terrible 12-24 at home but seemed to score more on the road, finishing 20-16.
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Why did the Charlotte Hornets move to New Orleans?
The Hornets moved to New Orleans because of financial reasons and a decline in attendance.
Where do the Charlotte Hornets play?
The Charlotte Hornets play their home games at the Spectrum Center.
Who owns the Charlotte Hornets?
Michael Jordan gained full control of the Hornets in 2010.
When did the Hornets move back to Charlotte?
In 2014, it was announced that the name the Hornets would move back to Charlotte as well as the Hornets history dating back to 1988, as well as including the Charlotte Bobcats era. The Hornets replaced the name Bobcats as the New Orleans NBA team changed their name to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Has the Charlotte Hornets won an NBA Championship?
The Charlotte Hornets have won 0 NBA championships.
Who is the Charlotte Hornets coach?
James Borrego is the head coach of the Charlotte Hornets.
Do the Charlotte Hornets play tonight?
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What is the Charlotte Hornets record?
The Charlotte Hornets had a 33-39 win-loss record for the 2020-21 NBA season.
Did the Charlotte Hornets win last night?
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How much is the Charlotte Hornets worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Hornets are worth $1.5 billion.
Who do the Charlotte Hornets play tonight?
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How to watch the Charlotte Hornets?
You can catch the Charlotte Hornets in action through NBA TV, NBA League Pass, or on TV such as ESPN, Fox Sports Southeast.
Will the Charlotte Hornets make the playoffs this year?
The Charlotte Hornets finished 10th in the East and qualified for the NBA Play-In Tournament. They travelled to Indiana to face the Pacers in a win-or-go-home Play-In game and were eliminated.
When do the Charlotte Hornets play?
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Where did the Charlotte Hornets finish the season?
The Charlotte Hornets finished the 2020-21 NBA season in tenth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
How many games did the Charlotte Hornets win?
The Charlotte Hornets won 33 games during the 2020-21 NBA season.
What are the NBA expert picks for the Charlotte Hornets?
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