Has “The Rebuild” Turned Into A Real Playoff Push For The Hornets?

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Since becoming an NBA franchise in 1988, the Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats franchise has never really been that successful of an organization in the Eastern Conference. They have never made it past the Eastern Conference Semifinals in their franchise’s now 32-season history and all-time, they have posted about a 44% win percentage. 

Rebranding from the Charlotte Bobcats back to the Charlotte Hornets ahead of the 2014-15 season, the Hornets have made the playoffs just once and have yet to do so since the 2015-16 season.

The Hornets have had five straight seasons with a losing record and have picked in the lottery of the NBA Draft for the last five years, but this team is finally taking the next step in their journey as a young organization. 

With nine former first-round picks on their roster now, including last year’s Rookie of the Year in LaMelo Ball, the Charlotte Hornets are finally starting to put the pieces together in terms of becoming a threat in the Eastern Conference, as they have started the season 3-1. In fact, the Hornets were 3-0 for the first time in franchise history ahead of their overtime loss to the Boston Celtics on Monday night.

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One of their leading scorers from a season ago in Terry Rozier has been sidelined due to an ankle injury and has only played 23 minutes to this point in the new season, so how has this year’s Hornets team put together impressive wins at home over the Pacers and then on the road against the Cavaliers and Nets?

Trust in one another and trust in their player development program has made the Hornets one of the fastest starting teams during the 2021-22 season and they are not going to be slowing down anytime soon, literally!

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This Hornets team plays with one of the fastest paces in the league, as they rank 5th in the league in Pace right now, and they are almost impossible to try and stop in transition. 

As mentioned before, LaMelo Ball is the catalyst for this team on offense, knocking down three-pointers with ease and creating opportunities for others on this roster, but he does not actually lead the team in scoring this year, nor does former All-Star forward Gordon Hayward. 

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