Teams in the NBA need balance in their lineup and right now, that is not something that the Charlotte Hornets have. They are extremely strong in the backcourt and will only continue to improve. Charlotte is just as weak down low. This is an area they need to improve upon greatly in the offseason.
In the NBA draft, the Hornets used the third-overall pick on LaMelo Ball. They decided to go with the best player available and it seems to be working out.
LaMelo Ball was the favorite to win the Rookie-of-the-Year award before going down with a fractured wrist. He joined Terry Rozier and Devonte’ Graham in an already talented backcourt.
The Hornets also signed Gordon Hayward to a four-year deal in the offseason and he is second on the team in scoring with 19.6 points per game.
We have seen both Rozier and Graham in trade rumors since Ball arrived. His emergence gives the front office flexibility to make a move in the backcourt if they feel the need. This would give them a chance to land an impact big man. Cody Zeller is in the final year of his deal and is having a mediocre season. Bismack Biyombo has made 29 starts this season.
P.J. Washington is the only forward averaging double-digit points per game with 11.6. The Hornets are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference and fighting for a playoff spot. This could be a bit easier next season if they improve the frontcourt.
When the offseason comes around, the Hornets will have many options. They could look to the draft, trades, or free agency for that impact performer down low. Here are three options to keep an eye on for Charlotte.