First up, Danny Chau over at Grantland evaluated how Michael-Kidd Gilchrist was the glue guy for the Hornets last year. The article is a great examination of the team's defense-first philosophy. This is a great take on the Hornets' current situation and looking into the future of this team's season.
Mike Dunlap over at Hoops Habit examine how Nicolas Batum and Jeremy Lin have stepped up in the preseason and what they'll have to do to cover for MKG's absence. Essentially Batum will have to move past his horrendous season last year in Portland. He will have to be a better scorer and playmaker if the Hornets have even a chance at the playoffs. Lin will mostly likely be the first man off the bench and be the scoring sixth man the team desperately needs.
Rick Bonnell at the Charlotte Observer had a piece in the Charlotte Observer on how MKG elected to have surgery. What really stood out was how Coach Clifford plans to have Jeremy Lamb come off the bench. This leaves P.J. Hairston as the starter at the two guard position.
While the Hornets have had climbing revenues in the past few years in part due to the Hornets rebrand, but still the Hornets are below average in league sponsorship deals. This is in part due to Budweiser and Wells Fargo reducing sponsor support. The Hornets should be able to recover with new sponsorships and that valuation of $1.1 billion.
CBS Sports' writer Chris Towers looked at who will be a good fantasy choice this season. The usual suspects are P.J. Hairston and Jeremy Lamb if they can hit their shots and are given good minutes. Cody Zeller could also have a break out season in fantasy and on the court. It's unlikely Troy Daniels will find minutes in the rotation, but it is possible.