Charlotte Hornets NBA Championship Odds 2023-24

The current Charlotte Hornets NBA championship odds are . Charlotte has entered a tailspin as an organization: there has been a domestic violence case (Miles Bridges), a murder case (Brandon Miller delivered the eventual murder weapon to the murderer), and a recent crazy Instagram live rant (Kai Jones) that is leading to division amongst teammates. This has all happened in the past year.
Charlotte’s team culture and level of maturity at the moment are undoubtedly a great concern, and it is challenging to imagine this team redeeming itself in the near future. Can the Hornets put together the ultimate comeback story as soon as this year, or will it take a complete overhaul for them to be contenders?

Charlotte Hornets NBA Championship Odds & Futures 2023-24 

The current odds for Charlotte futures are located in the table below. Look out for changes in the Hornets’ odds as the 2023-24 regular season progresses.

Charlotte Hornets NBA Championship Odds & Futures Odds (Updated February 2024)
2023 NBA Championship Odds
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The Hornets’ championship odds are astronomically long, but it’s a sensible and understandable line. A lack of maturity, chemistry, and star talent all combine to create a bottom line: this team is not going to win an NBA Championship now or in the foreseeable future.

Further, the Eastern Conference is arguably the strongest it has been since the mid-to-late 1980s. The Celtics, Bucks, Heat, Cavaliers, Knicks, and 76ers are legitimate championship contenders, while the Nets, Raptors, Bulls, Pacers, Magic, and Hawks are formidable hurdles. The Hornets could again finish as a bottom two or three team in the Eastern Conference.

Reasons Why Charlotte Hornets Can & Can’t Win NBA 2023-24 Championship 

Strengths

  • Starting Backcourt: LaMelo Ball continues to develop; his court awareness, passing precision, and playmaking ability make him a likely perennial All-Star for the duration of his career. Last season, he averaged 23.3 PPG, 8.4 APG, and 6.4 RPG on 37.6% shooting from three. With his tight handles and brilliant playmaking, Ball orchestrates the offense and provides clean looks for teammates. If the Hornets are going to ascend in the brutal Eastern Conference, then Ball has to progress even further as an isolation scorer. Additionally, Terry Rozier is a talented microwave scorer who posted a 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio last year and posted 21 points, five assists, and four rebounds per game. Both guards can be effective on or off-ball, so the Hornets have offensive versatility with the duo. 
  • Interior Defense: As Mark Williams continues to log minutes as the Hornets’ starting center, he will drastically improve the overall interior presence for them. Before Williams, Charlotte had arguably the worst frontcourt in the NBA, with absolutely no rim protection whatsoever. It will take time for Williams to develop into an impact player on both ends, but he should be Charlotte’s starting center for the foreseeable future. Williams stands at 7’2” in shoes and sports a higher standing reach (9’9”) than Rudy Gobert and Mo Bamba. That projects well for his future at the NBA level.

Weaknesses

  • Lack of Star Power: Stars win playoff series, and at least one All-NBA caliber player is usually necessary to advance deep into the postseason. LaMelo Ball is an All-Star, but he’s not at an All-NBA level yet. Outside of him, star potential is scarce in Charlotte. Brandon Miller is a rookie whose impact will be marginal in year one, while Terry Rozier is an undersized volume scorer. Further, P.J. Washington serves best as a tertiary scorer for a middle-of-the-road team, and Mark Williams poses no offensive threat outside of lobs and putbacks. 
  • Three-Point Shooting: Charlotte’s three-point shooting last season was bordering on gross; it finished 29th in 3P% (33%) on the 17th-most 3PA per game. Besides LaMelo Ball, who appeared in fewer than half of the team’s 82 games, the Hornets only had one other player who was present nearly the entire season and shot greater than 33% from deep: P.J. Washington. Brandon Miller’s arrival should improve Charlotte’s three-point shooting a bit, but it will likely still finish as a bottom-third three-point shooting team.
  • Availability/Maturity: Injuries have plagued this team in the past few seasons, halting any momentum that they had been able to drum up previously. Gordon Hayward has played in 50 or fewer games in each of his first three seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, while LaMelo Ball only played in 36 games during the 2022-23 campaign. Further, Miles Bridges missed the entire 2022-23 regular season due to domestic violence charges. This team is a mess when combining injuries with overall availability and culture.
Drew is one of the NBA Lead Writers at Lineups.com, specializing in betting content such as game predictions and player props. With a deep knowledge of players and prospects, Drew has an extensive edge in covering everything NBA.

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