The Charlotte Hornets were two games away from making the NBA playoffs this season.
That is a feat they haven’t accomplished since 2016.
It was still a very fun season for the franchise; and one they can build off of as well.
They knocked it out of the park with their first-round pick, LaMelo Ball.
Their offseason acquisition of Gordon Hayward was also a big plus.
They were able to compete with teams all season long.
Who knows where they would have ended up, if injuries didn’t decimate the roster.
The Hornets have a bright future, which hasn’t been said a lot about this organization.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) May 19, 2021
However, they have veterans and key young pieces to build around.
There are a few more things they need to fix in order to compete in the NBA and become true contenders.
3. Fix the Big Man Situation
The biggest hole on the Hornets roster is by far with the bigs.
This was a hole they tried to fill in the offseason.
Sources: The Lakers and free agent center Montrezl Harrell are in negotiations for the NBA sixth man of the year to join them. Harrell turned down more money from Charlotte to join the Lakers.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) November 21, 2020
Well, it is a need that still should be addressed.
Both of those two are going to be free agents this offseason.
They can maybe sign cheap options and try to have a platoon of bigs to help them.
Also, they can find a big in the draft this year.
This position can be hard to fill, but it is something that needs to be looked at for them to make the next step.
2. Make Smart Moves
The trajectory of making smart moves has gone up.
That is a great step forward after years of incompetence in that department.
They were known to give out bad contracts or making the wrong decision in the draft.
Batum struggled as soon as the contract was signed and it was looked at as one of the worst contracts in NBA history.
The last two seasons have brought in Ball, Hayward, and Terry Rozier.
Those three are the focal points for the Hornets future.
In order to compete, the Hornets front office must make the smart moves to enhance the roster.
No more bad contracts or questionable draft selections can be accepted.
1. Build Around LaMelo Ball
Ball is the face of this team now.
He might not be there as a player just yet, but they need to start building around him now.
He is most likely going to win Rookie of the Year this season, and it is well deserved.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) May 20, 2021
The point guard is a great playmaker and has worked on his shot.
The Hornets need to focus on him and his strengths and weaknesses.
Hayward and Rozier have been good for them, but the future is with Ball.
He has all the signs of being a star in this league.
We see the potential of LaMelo and the Hornets.
It is their job to capitalize on the promise.NEXT: Does LaMelo Ball Have Potential To Win A Future MVP?