By Kareem Gantt on June 5, 2014
The buzz is indeed back in the Queen City, as the former Charlotte Bobcats will usher in their new era as the second incarnation of the Charlotte Hornets with a renewed sense of optimism following their surprising ride to the postseason last year. So what can the Hornets do this offseason to get back to the playoffs? Let's find out.
Zeller was a little raw in his rookie season in Charlotte, but he did display some qualities that suggest perhaps he would be more effective for the Hornets as a starter. If Steve Clifford can give him more minutes, Zeller could be a 12 and 10 kind of big man; and in the weak East, that is no small feat.
The bench was a weak spot for the Hornets last year, and it cost them dearly in the playoffs. Priority No. 1 for the Hornets brass this offseason is to reload the bench with players who can contribute when called upon.
When Jefferson got hurt in Game 1 against the Miami Heat in the Playoffs, the Hornets' chances of an upset went down with him. That is just how important Jefferson has become to the Hornets, and making sure that he is ready to go for the start of next season should be a big priority in Charlotte.
Henderson was a big disappointment for the Hornets in the playoffs, and now Charlotte needs to decide if he has a role in the resurgence of the franchise or if would they be better off trading him for assets. What Charlotte does with Henderson will play a big part in the direction the Hornets will be going next season.
A big reason for the Hornets' rise to a playoff spot was the play of Kemba Walker, who finally found a system that would allow his talents to flourish. Now that he is comfortable in Clifford's system, Walker must now take the next step in joining the top-tier of NBA point guards.
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