Even if the rebranded (can it be a rebranding if you’re only going back to an older brand? How can brands work? Somebody get me a brand strategist on the telephone ) Charlotte Hornets aren’t anything close to title contenders, they’ll at least look good as they try to improve on the No. 7 seed they caught as the Bobcats last year.
The new duds are slick, and Lance Stephenson will infuse the club with plenty of”no, no, no, YES!” razzle-dazzle. Not only that, but rookie big guy Noah Vonleh is fascinating, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s jumper looks more like a shot than a contortionist routine gone horribly wrong.
There is reason to get fired up about those Hornets. Perhaps you will say there’s a buzz in Charlotte. You wouldn’t say that, naturally, because that’s about as hacky as it receives.
Suffice it to state the accession of Stephenson and much more minutes for Kidd-Gilchrist could help the league’s sixth-ranked defense get even better this season. If the crime around focal point Al Jefferson also improves (which it could with Kemba Walker heading right into a contract season ), the Bugs could certainly climb the playoff ladder.

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