Hornets Life After Kemba Walker

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So, the Charlotte Hornets have alot to consider this coming off-season, Including their 28 year old Point Guard. Kemba Walker is a 3x All Star, and is averaging 25.1 ppg and 5.8 apg this season. He’s proven he can be a top tier point guard in the NBA but the situation he is in right now with the Hornets is definitely not favorable. They failed to surround him with talent, as GM Mitch Kupchak stated before the season was a thing the front office wanted to do. So with the failure of adding a 2nd star or at least viable talent, it drives Kemba away more and more, and sitting on the outside looking in of the playoffs at the time I’m writing this article. The Hornets have been the definition of mediocrity for the last 7 years now. I think a rebuild is the safest and best thing for both sides to happen. Kemba can go chase a title with a contending team in need of a true scorer or point guard, and for Charlotte I’m gonna lay out a small plan they could go thru with over the next couple years.

Get some cap space!

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Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams are clearly not worth the money they’re makin annually. They take up a good chunk of cap space and the Hornets can’t seem to find a way to shed their terrible deals. The Hornets will more than likely have to wait out their deals which as a hornets fan you do not want to hear at all. Thanks Rich Cho

Develop your draft picks

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It seems another issue of lack of talent is the Hornets draft picks aren’t panning out. Since Kemba was drafted in 2011 these are the Hornets 1st round draft picks:

2012: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2013: Cody Zeller
2014: Noah Vonleh
2015: Frank Kaminsky
2016: Traded for Marco Bellinelli
2017: Malik Monk
2018: Miles Bridges

None of these picks have really worked out for the team. Monk is averaging less than 10 ppg and Bridges still needs time as he’s having a average rookie year for the role he’s played thus far.

Draft Kemba Walker’s replacement

Ja Morant ( Murray St )
Darius Garland (Vanderbilt)

Tre Jones ( Duke )

These are just some the options available in the draft. Ja Morant is very unlikely unless the lottery benefitted the Hornets very well or they traded up to a top 5 pick. Darius Garland from Vanderbilt is probably the more likely option for Charlotte, he averaged 16.2 ppg before he tore his meniscus and was ruled out for the rest of the season. Tre Jones is a good defensive guard who can drive the lane well and takeover games with his presence, his play gets overshadowed by 3 of the best Fowards in college Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish, so yea it’s alot harder to get known and attention with 3 the best players in college.


Whatever the Hornets do they cannot let this terrible management happen again with whoever is the star of this team. Absolutely screwed themselves with big contracts and mismanagement of talent and draft picks.

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