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Even when the rebranded (can it be a rebranding if you are only going back to an older brand? Do brands work? Somebody get me a new strategist on the phone) Charlotte Hornets are not anything near to title contenders, they’ll at least look good as they attempt to improve on the No. 7 seed that they grabbed as the Bobcats last year.
The new duds are slick, and Lance Stephenson will unveil the club with plenty of”no, no, YES!” razzle-dazzle. Not only that, but rookie big man Noah Vonleh is intriguing, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s jumper looks more like a shot than a contortionist routine gone horribly wrong.
There’s reason to get fired up about those Hornets. Perhaps you will say there’s a buzz in Charlotte. You would not say that, of course, because that’s about as hacky as it gets.
Suffice it to say the addition of Stephenson and much more minutes for Kidd-Gilchrist could assist the league’s sixth-ranked defense get even better this year. If the offense around focal point Al Jefferson also improves (which it might with Kemba Walker heading into a contract season ), the Bugs could surely climb the playoff ladder.

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