The one and only Jake Weiner from (D)Roses & Thorns and I have collaborated to pinpoint this year’s busts in the NBA. I’m talking about the Larry Sanderses and the Josh Smiths of last year. Whether it’s injuries, age, or simply not fitting in on a new team, the following six guys don’t have a sunny outlook for the 2014-15 season. Our six breakout players will be released very soon. So without further ado:Read More
The Charlotte Hornets are looking to take another step forward. Last year, they made the playoffs for the second time under the reign of Michael Jordan, but were swept out by LeBron James and the Miami Heat. So the team went to work this offseason, quickly signing the gifted-but-combustible Lance Stephenson away from the Indiana Pacers. They also added Marvin Williams to replace Josh McRoberts as the starting power forward and drafted a physical specimen in Noah Vonleh and a knockdown shooter in P.J. Hairston.
Charlotte has most of its core returning from last season and is looking to grow into a legitimate contender. But will these moves be enough to make the Charlotte Hornets one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference this year? ESPN’s Forecast Panel has them projected to finish 5th in the East, but there are some signs that indicate it won’t be quite so easy to duplicate a trip to the playoffs.Read More