How will opponents exploit the Charlotte Hornets this season?
The Charlotte Hornets were a deeply flawed basketball team last season. Their offense was a ship wreck that had limited spacing and very few on-ball playmakers able to inject creativity into a lifeless attack.
This year's roster looks better, at least on paper. It has a few new faces (most notably Nicolas Batum) who can open things up a bit and make life easier for those around them. But the Hornets will still struggle, and that's largely due to the inconsistent play of their franchise point guard, Kemba Walker.
Featured in this piece by NBA.com's Josh Cohen is a look at how opposing teams may view Walker and the Hornets this season:
The Hornets are a very good defensive team, but defense won't be enough to earn a playoff spot in the rapidly improving Eastern Conference. They'll need to score at a more efficient rate, and that begins with Walker.
When playing the Hornets, you don’t want them to get into a half-court rhythm. They are excellent at protecting the ball (fewest turnovers in league last season, 11.2 per game). Walker and Jefferson are superb pick-and-roll players. Walker is explosive but if you close off passing lanes he will dribble excessively and sometimes make a bad pass. Over 32 percent of Walker’s shot attempts came after he dribbled at least seven times. He does limit turnovers, however (only 1.6 per game last year).