Last season the Hornets had an underwhelming season. After making the playoffs the year before, they finished in 11th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 33-49. That’s good for a win percentage of .402%. They’ve added a few people this offseason and sent away some as well. The Lance Stephenson project completely failed. Stephenson averaged 8.2ppg, 4.5rpg, and 3.9apg but shot .376% from the field and a putrid .171%. The team was worse with him on the court. They shipped him off to the Clippers in exchange for Matt Barnes, whom they traded to the Grizzlies in a separate trade, and Spencer Hawes, whom struggled most of last season as well.
Hornets also traded away promising big man Noah Vonleh and guard Gerald Henderson to the Portland Trail Blazers for forward Nicolas Batum. Hornets lost backup point guard Mo Williams to the Cavaliers but were able to bounce back with the signing of Jeremy Lin. Hornets also added guard Jeremy Lamb from the Thunder in exchange for picks and Luke Ridnour, as well as drafted Frank Kaminsky at #9. Center Bismack Biyombo moved on to the Toronto Raptors. Hornets have players that will make them competitive but I expect them to be outside the playoff picture once again. I have them trending neutral. Hornets should be back in the lottery once again. I have them ranked #22 in my NBA Power Rankings for this upcoming season.