NBA Season Preview: Charlotte Hornets


Camp Location: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte

Coach: Steve Clifford, three years; 124-122 overall.

Last Season: 48-34, lost to Miami in first round of playoffs.

Key Returnees: Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams, Cody Zeller, Spencer Hawes, Jeremy Lamb, Aaron Harrison.

Key Additions: Marco Belinelli (Sacramento), Roy Hibbert (LA Lakers), Ramon Sessions (Washington), Brian Roberts (Portland), Christian Wood (Philadelphia), Andrew Andrews (rookie, Washington).

Key Losses: Al Jefferson (Indiana), Jeremy Lin (Brooklyn), Courtney Lee (New York), Troy Daniels (Memphis), Tyler Hansbrough (free agent).

Outlook: Some teams put their hopes in the idea that familiarity will lead to very good things. America, meet the Charlotte Hornets. They return the same coach in Steve Clifford, whose teams have a reputation for playing hard and smart. They return Kemba Walker, a winner of a guard. They return Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and several others from last season’s playoff squad. They lost Al Jefferson, and added Marco Belinelli and Roy Hibbert. For the Hornets, it’s mostly more of the same. Can they improve from within? Well, that’s what the team owned by Michael Jordan fully plans to discover in camp.