Charlotte Hornets Playoff Preview; First Round vs. Miami Heat
With the 2016 NBA playoffs set to begin on Saturday, let’s take a look at this year’s Charlotte Hornets Playoff Preview.
The Charlotte Hornets ended their regular season with a record of 48-34. It is their best finish since the 1999-2000 season, when they went 49-33. The Hornets have been one of the hottest teams in the NBA during the second half of the season. Since February, the team has gone 34-9, which is the best record in the East and third overall – trailing behind the Warriors and Spurs. The Hornets will look to build on this momentum once the playoffs start. Here are some key players who can help the cause.
Walker is enjoying his best season ever, with improvements in every major offensive category. He leads his team in PPG (20.9) STL (1.6) and 3PM (2.2).
What makes Kemba so dangerous is his dual threat ability. Not only can he attack the rim, but if you give him too much space, he can also drain the three ball. His improved shot has really made him a matchup nightmare for opposing teams. On the defensive end, he has active hands and plays the passing lanes very well. An area he can improve on would be his playmaking. He only averages 5.2 assists a game, as the starting point-guard that number should be a little higher.
Batum can be classified as the jack of all trades. He does a little bit of everything for this team. He’s second on the team in PPG (14.9), first in ASS (5.8) and third in REB (6.1). He also has a decent stroke from the outside and can play solid defense. Batum’s versatility is invaluable to this team. His ability to play multiple positions on the court allows the Hornets to play a small or big lineup, depending on the match-up.
Lin has mainly received attention for his crazy hairstyles this season, but he’s actually been a very productive player for the Hornets. Linsanity may be over, but Lin could be a valuable asset to a playoff team. He is averaging 11.7 points per game and is one of the reasons why the Hornets have such a productive bench. He has also performed well as a starter, averaging 17.5 points per game, while shooting 46.0 percent from the field and three point range. Lin could be an x-factor for the Hornets and provide instant offense off the bench.
(Charlotte Hornets Playoff Preview)