Here’s to the new decade, everyone!
2020 looks to be a year full of uncertainty and excitement both in the NBA and the world around us.
In the basketball world, there hasn’t been this much hype surrounding the NBA since the 2015-2016 season, when LeBron James stormed back from a 3 games to 1 deficit to beat the 73-win Golden State Warriors in the Finals.
The cause for this rejuvenated interest is the race to the Finals being as wide open as ever. Six teams have a legitimate shot of winning it all. Each one of these six teams are headlined by some level of a dynamic duo on the court, and I’m sure each playoff series is going to be must-watch TV.
While we won’t have the experience of watching the Charlotte Hornets compete for a title this year, there is still a reason to be excited. Next season, the Hornets are expected to have more financial flexibility than they’ve had in four years.
If they decide to stay put at the February trade deadline, and after Marvin Williams, Bismack Biyombo and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist hit the market when the season ends, the Hornets will be positioned to have around $46 million in cap space to build their roster in free agency. Toss in a likely draft pick in the early lottery range, and suddenly the organization has a chance to be redeemed for all of their ill-advised choices in years past.
What better way to fantasize about what the Charlotte Hornets should do with these options than to ask its passionate fanbase?
On Twitter, I advised our followers to post their thoughts on what they want to be changed/improved in 2020.
Here’s what they came up with.
Earn a top 3 pick. Trade expiry of Biz and Marv for assets— Mr. Front Page (@MrFrontPage) December 29, 2019
To finally get the SG we should’ve taken when Thompson, Beal or Booker was on the board. Please let 2020 be the year we right our wrongs.— Nate Calhoun (@ndigs21) December 29, 2019
To keep their current roster intact after this season. If the Hornets keep their current roster intact for the 2020-21 season, they will be a contender in the Eastern Conference.— Anthony A. Maye Sr. (@CoachMaye) December 30, 2019
Clear out the big contracts over time (except terry), keep developing our young talent, and keep BUILDING towards being a contender team— Keyon Berenji (@keyon_berenji) December 29, 2019
Retro jerseys and court to be the official brand.— Nathan Shaw (@allflynate) December 29, 2019
Players moving and flowing on the court as a team - synergy. If they see/believe themselves to be winners... they will manifest the wins.— Mrs VS (@MrsVSNC09) December 30, 2019
Thank you for those who participated in this small scale poll.
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