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Previewing the Charlotte Hornets heading into the 2020-21 NBA season

We go over the Hornets’ depth chart, odds to win a championship and provide fantasy basketball analysis for the 2020-21 NBA season.

Terry Rozier #3 of the Charlotte Hornets looks on during the game against the Houston Rockets on March 7, 2020 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images

The 2020-21 NBA season is a few weeks away and training camp is underway and the Charlotte Hornets are looking to keep up with the rapidly improving Southeast Division. The Miami Heat are fresh off an NBA Finals appearance, the Atlanta Hawks had one of the best free agent hauls in the NBA over the offseason, and the Washington Wizards will benefit from the return of John Wall. Charlotte hopes rookie guard LaMelo Ball can be the centerpiece of its franchise needs, and we’re about to find out whether he can live up to the hype. Here we’re going to take a look at the Hornets’ offseason, plus look ahead to the 2020-21 season.

2020 offseason

Key additions

LaMelo Ball, PG (draft)
Gordon Hayward, SF (free agency)
Vernon Carey, C (draft)

Key losses

Nicolas Batum, SF, (waived)
Dwayne Bacon, SF (free agency)
Willy Hernangomez, C (free agency)

2020-21 odds

Title odds: +40000
Win percentage: O/U 36.5
LaMelo Ball ROTY odds: +400

2020-21 roster

Depth Chart

PG: Devonte’ Graham, LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Malik Monk
SG: Terry Rozier, Caleb Martin, Malik Monk, Devonte Graham
SF: Gordon Hayward, Miles Bridges, Cody Martin, Caleb Martin, Jalen McDaniels
PF: PJ Washington, Miles Bridges, Jalen McDaniels, Javin DeLaurier
C: Cody Zeller, Bismack Biyombo, Vernon Carey Jr., Nick Richards, PJ Washington

Roster battles

Backup C: Vernon Carey Jr. vs. Bismack Biyombo
6th man: Miles Bridges vs. Terry Rozier

Fantasy basketball

Best Sleeper

PJ Washington — Washington shocked the world by shooting lights out from beyond the arc as a rookie and the Hornets don’t have much depth at power forward. Miles Bridges has transitioned to being a small forward and will take a back seat to Hayward this year.

Likely Bust

Terry Rozier — It seemed like Charlotte could be leaning toward starting three guards before Hayward got signed, but now the Hornets have three scorers who could put up 20 points on any given night. Charlotte needs a playmaker who can create shots for others at a high level. Graham averaged a team-high 7.5 assists per game while averaging a team-high 18.2 points. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rozier was moved to make room for Ball to run the show.