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Charlotte Hornets 2022/23 Season Review

Post Author: ozymandias » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:17 pm

Charlotte Hornets 2022/23 Season Review

It has been exactly one (real life) year since GM ozymandias took over Charlotte Hornets and even though the team isn’t quite there yet, it seems like the future is bright in the Buzz City. But what exactly did the Hornets achieve in 2022/23 CSL season? Can they label the season as success? With the record of 29-53, probably not but some important moves have been made and some are yet to come if the Hornets want to end their postseason drought. Let’s take a closer look at it all.
Trades
GM ozymandias pulled the trigger on a few big deals in during the season and entering the 2023 offseason, the roster looks a bit different from what it was a year ago (in-game). Vonleh, Beal and Kanter we’re all shipped away in separate trades but Hornets managed to acquire Poltl, who they’ve been after for a while, Barnes, Youssou, Petteway and a 24 1st round pick from the Pistons. Plus, they’ve managed to free up a lot of cap space and will enter the offseason with a predicted cap space of about $26 million as a result of these trades. The moves Hornets made during the season allowed them to retain financial flexibility and they’ve added assets for the future, which are all the moves rebuilding teams are supposed to make as you’ve probably already seen in the Rebuilding for Dummies guide by Myles.

Results
As mentioned above, Hornets finished the season with the record of 29-53, which isn’t much but is still better than they did in the previous year (20-62). What’s more important is that Hornets were a more exciting team to watch than a year ago, mostly because of the rookie sensation – Trae Young. Three point shot is one of the most important parts of the modern basketball and you’ll hardly find a better gunner in the CSL than him. His three-point shot and an almost perfect pairing with Kris Dunn led to some thrilling games, including the W over Hawks when Charlotte went off for 142 points. Fans in Charlotte are hoping the coach Thibodeau will help the youngster improve during the summer and that they’ll get to watch even more exciting basketball next season.

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Performance
Although Trae Young was an exciting player to watch during the season, it’s Kris Dunn who once again emerged as the best player in the team. Former Providence guard led the team in scoring and has shown some improvement in almost every aspect of his game. It’s worth nothing that ended the season as one of the top ball thieves in the CSL. There’s no need to say that Young had a fantastic rookie season and everyone in Charlotte hopes he’ll do even better next year. Poltl has proven to be exactly what Hornets needed and his shooting saw a huge increase ever since he was traded to Charlotte as he’s now shooting 53.9% from the floor. Korkmaz had a down year after he suffered a broken wrist at the beginning of the season. Coach Thibodeau increased his minutes this year but it seems he preferred the smaller role he played last season. Barnes was acquired to add some veteran leadership to the team and did exactly what he was asked. When it comes to the bench, players who stood out the most were MCW whose defensive game helped mask his bad shooting year and Youssou who seems to be a nice bench piece.

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2023 CSL Draft
Hornets have the eight pick in this year’s CSL draft and are looking to add another young player into their team. The class may not look as strong as the last year’s but there are some intriguing players who could fit into the current Hornets lineup perfectly. Will Hornets choose any of Mikal Bridges, Miles Bridges, Kaiser Gates or Dzanan Musa to share the court with Korkmaz who might look be looking at a decreased role next season? Or they’ll introduce another young player into their starting five in Michael Porter or John Collins? No final decisions have been made yet but the front office is looking into every option available. Hornets also have the 41st pick in the draft.

The offseason
With about 26 million in cap, Hornets should be one of the most active teams during the offseason. In fact, according to Flaming Homer’s articles, only Lakers and Pelicans are projected to have more. But just like in real life (sorry Kyrus), Hornets aren’t necessarily going to be the first option for some of the most sought-after free agents this year. However, with the new free agency system being introduced, it might be worth presenting some of the biggest names in free agency with an offer. The front office is keeping a close eye on every free agent available and will be looking to make the most off their cap as it’s next year when they’re supposed to re-sign both Poltl and Korkmaz who might be looking at big contracts as well.
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Re: Charlotte Hornets 2022/23 Season Review

Post Author: Andrewu91 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:27 am

I love the backcourt. Young and Dunn
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Re: Charlotte Hornets 2022/23 Season Review

Post Author: Flaming Homer » Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:13 pm

The backcourt duo is just dynamite. I think with Trae you got an almost perfect pick beside Dunn.
They need some time to develop but will get there.
I hope Korkmaz can bounce back and be the solid 3 in next years starting lineup. With Barnes and Poeltl the team should play much better.
At 8 there should be some very good role players still available and if you can grab an upgrade at PF in FA I would not bet against this young Hornets team.

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Re: Charlotte Hornets 2022/23 Season Review

Post Author: Jestor » Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:02 pm

Perimeter is fine with Young/Dunn/Kormaz, but this team desperately needs a legitimate big man. Poltl has never impressed me.

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Re: Charlotte Hornets 2022/23 Season Review

Post Author: hardenwithnod » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:39 pm

This team has some good pieces to build around in Young, Dunn, and Poltl. If you can land another solid piece in this draft, and perhaps catch a good player in free agency, then I think this team will be making a playoff run in a season or two.
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Re: Charlotte Hornets 2022/23 Season Review

Post Author: WillyJakkz » Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:39 pm

Yeah I like what you've done with the team and definitely our trade (essentially Favors for Poeltl).

Gonna be great competing this offseason etc.
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Re: Charlotte Hornets 2022/23 Season Review

Post Author: mgtr81 » Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:21 pm

I must admit I wasn't expecting such a good season from Trae Young. Congratulations.

As others said, once you improve your frontcourt the playoffs will come.
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Re: Charlotte Hornets 2022/23 Season Review

Post Author: bt » Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:41 am

I really like what you're doing. Patiently building and with some great tools.

You'll be like the Philly team of years past in that they built and built but never had a GM to actually win. Charlotte does and one season soon it'll just click and into the playoffs you'll go.

Really need to address the post though. I actually like Poltl but he needs a scorer next to him.
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Re: Charlotte Hornets 2022/23 Season Review

Post Author: blackice » Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:35 pm

So you have 3 positions set (PG/SG/C) with core pieces and have the caproom and pick equity to add a core forward and hope that Furkan Korkmaz pans out. I think a star level PF would do wonders for this team but I like that you are taking your time and really assessing needs as opposed to rushing a rebuild.

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Re: Charlotte Hornets 2022/23 Season Review

Post Author: Marcos_Beck » Wed Jul 24, 2019 3:43 am

I think this article was the last one I missed answering but I can't say how much I love Dunn and Young. This team's future will be really bright once those two figure all out.

Playoffs are possible with the right pick at #8 and also the correct starting lineup's upgrades. But I've had many chats with you and, like few others here, love what you're doing. Hang on tight to that trio you have (both guards + Poltl) and good things will happen.
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Re: Charlotte Hornets 2022/23 Season Review

Post Author: drumr » Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:08 am

Team is really on the path to be a playoff team in the East and one to watch out for. Beat me this season. They're a scorer at PF or SF from being complete.
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Re: Charlotte Hornets 2022/23 Season Review

Post Author: Myles » Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:34 pm

Young and Dunn are such an exciting young backcourt for the future, and Bridges is a great guy to put next to them. Still a long way to go, but you have some good building blocks at least!

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