2016-2017 NBA Previews – Hornets Odds
Looking for 2016 Charlotte Hornets Predictions? To watch the Hornets play you would be surprised that this team was a 48 win team a year ago. They were limited offensively, mostly letting Kemba Walker free lance with the ball either to score himself or set up a teammate. They always played good defense though and they seem to play under control. They are never in a hurry and I think that frustrates some opponents.
Charlotte Hornets Season Preview
Head Coach: Steve Clifford
2014 Record: 48-34
Warriors Odds to NBA Title: 500/1
Warriors Odds to Win Conference: 100/1
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Charlotte Hornets Strengths:
Nicolas Batum does not get a lot of headlines but he is one of the most productive players in the league. He actually led the Hornets in assists last year while finishing second in scoring and rebounding.
He is a good shooter and has the kind of game that give you what you need exactly when you need it. He probably has not reached his ceiling yet as a player and if he becomes a more aggressive scorer the team will probably benefit a lot.
Speaking of doing everything that is Kemba Walker, who has found a way to bring that same spirit he showed in college to the pros.
There is probably no player more comfortable a player in the NBA when the shot clock is draining down and he has an uncanny ability to make shots that seem impossible.
He is not a great shooter but he is an amazing scorer. You want him to be more efficient but that might take him off his game
When you look at the roster you see 5 players who are 7 feet or over, including three that were added in the offseason in Roy Hibbert, Spencer Hawes and rookie Mike Tobey.
With all that size the Hornets should be able to protect the rim and be better on the boards. They definitely have versatility with their size too. Hawes and Frank Kaminsky are among the better deep shooters on the team.
Charlotte Hornets Weaknesses:
As great as Walker is they are still looking for a running mate for him, someone who can score enough to take the pressure off, especially someone who can shoot.
The best they have right now is Jeremy Lamb but he has not proven to be more than a lanky role player. Ramon Sessions might be a decent fit but he is more like a second PG and when they play them together they are small on the perimeter.
For a disappointment Marvin Williams has hung around the league a long time. Last year he led the Hornets in rebounding and that has probably earned him a starting role once again.
He is still in good shape but they need to get someone better in that spot if they want to start advancing in the Eastern Conference. Nobody else seems to want that spot though.
I expect the Hornets will not get away from their intensity on defense though their acquisitions make it look like they want to play with more flow. I am not sure that they will be able to do it but that is where the league is trending.
At the very least they seem to want to get more shooting on the court even if it does come with size. It will be interesting to see if this group has reached its ceiling.
Charlotte Hornets Betting Prediction: 48-34
I am not expecting much to change during the regular season for this group. With Walker and Batum and hopefully a healthy Michael Kidd-Gilchrist they can have success in the regular season.
All of that size will pay off in some games and hopefully not be a liability in others when opponents will want to run. This team seems to play in peaks and valleys though so a drop off wouldn’t shock.
A lot of media types have the Hornets as the favourite to win the Southeast Division but their futures odds are just terrible.
I am not predicting a long playoff run but there is definitely a disconnect in the ceiling for this group between the media and oddsmakers types (and we know who is usually right on those ones).
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