The Charlotte Hornets are undoubtedly the most unpredictable team entering the upcoming 23-24 NBA season.
The Charlotte Hornets have some of the most collective young talent in the Association, ranging from LaMelo Ball to Miles Bridges to the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft Brandon Miller. But it seems like there is always something holding the team back from reaching their full potential.
That’s why it’s easy to see why the Hornets should be considered the most unpredictable team heading into the 2023-24 NBA season.
The unpredictability of the Charlotte Hornets
In an NBA where the Memphis Grizzlies exist, the Charlotte Hornets are still the most chaotic team off the court. The most infamous incident with the Hornets has been the situation with Miles Bridges (who is now somehow back on the team), but there have been countless other issues.
James Bouknight was found unconscious with a weapon in his car last October, Brandon Miller had his own issues involving a teammate at Alabama (and I’m still not quite sure if that’s over with), and Kai Jones was under scrutiny for odd behavior on social media recently.
It seems every day you open social media, you hear about a new Hornet related to something ridiculous other than playing basketball. Not an ideal situation.
Coaching, front office, and ownership
For the last 10 years, the Hornets have cycled through Steve Clifford and James Borrego, and according to most Charlotte fans, neither have been very good.
The front office seems to be relatively stable, but recently Michael Jordan ended his quite horrendous time as majority owner of the Hornets. It’s not immediately clear the direction new owners Gabe Plotkin and Rick Schnall will go, but it can’t be much worse than what’s been the norm for the last 13 years.
Outside of the off-court chaos, the Hornets haven’t had any luck when it comes to injuries. LaMelo Ball was marred with ankle problems last season, and once big-name sign-and-trade acquisition Gordon Hayward has never been fully healthy since 2017. When two of your best players are constantly fighting injuries it’s hard to overcome.
What are fair expectations for the Charlotte Hornets this season?
Despite being quite disappointing last season, the Charlotte Hornets have tons of talent. A lot of former talented draft picks like Kai Jones, James Bouknight, and JT Thor, are waiting to prove themselves in the NBA, this could be their year. They also still have a few experienced vets that are solid players as well, namely Gordon Hayward, and Terry Rozier. Of course, you have LaMelo and Brandon Miller, but you even have promising sophomores like Mark Williams and Bryce McGowens.
If all goes somewhat planned I wouldn’t be surprised if Charlotte makes the playoffs, but if it goes the way it’s been going recently, then it might be a long season for the Buzz City boys. Truly, I have no idea.