The Hornets return nearly every player they had on their roster last season minus Dwight Howard. Howard possessed a lucrative contract and his production was a deadweight for the team. Cody Zeller now transitions into the starting center role, an area that is not unfamiliar to the North Carolina product. Two of the team's biggest off-season additions came through the draft and the free agency period. Miles Bridges comes to a squad that is thick at the forward position. Bridges was a Big Ten standout, which is the same case that can be stated for Frank Kaminsky. Creating this sense of unity in the bench and role player listing while help influence a quicker pace to develop. The team also found their veteran leader in Tony Parker. Parker signs a 1-year deal that will create learning opportunities for the younger players. Parker will be Kemba Walker's biggest advocate and might create a positive impact to his skill set. Aside from these two additions, the team looks almost identical to last year's squad. Operating at full health is the key component to this team's success and stance within the Eastern Conference.
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Q: Does limited additions hinder this team?
A: Unloading Dwight Howard's contract afforded this team some cap space to play with. They didn't utilize this opportunity to bring in any big-name signings, which left fans puzzled. The management team likes the pieces this team has rostered, and the chemistry is there. Creating favorable match-ups will be the biggest thing for this team to center around ahead of the season.
Q: Can Tony Parker make enough noise to lead this team in more ways than one?
A: Parker is one of the league's best assist creators. His fluent access to passing lanes and his ability to create space are what lends his talents a spot on this roster. While his usage rate will be tamed, he easily can provide the team with 20+ minutes in the second unit. Kemba Walker has his on and off nights, so don't be surprised to see Parker spelling Walker if he falls into a slump. Parker needs to showcase that he still possesses the longevity needed to compete in this league.
Q: Does the Dwight Howard Departure hinder the team?
A: We already knew Howard took up space in terms of contractual discussions, but he was a double-double machine for the team in the 2017-18 season. The Zeller, Bridges, and Kaminsky carousal possesses an interesting take on the 4 and 5-slots. All have the height and outside shooting range to create elements of surprise for the opposition. All three of these players will have to reach a level of content that has them slotted into a timeshare of minutes to be effective in 2018-19.