Charlotte Hornets Roster 2020 Hornets Roster

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The offseason has already brought big change to the Hornets but not in the sense that many other NBA teams would think. Unlike most teams, the Hornets aren’t a big market team like the Lakers, Clippers, Nets, or Rockets. Instead, they’re a fairly small market team, smaller fan base, and less attractive destination to most free agents. When Kemba Walker decided to leave the team, that move was almost as big as any of the marquee free agency or trades that have happened within the first week of the offseason.

Walker was seen by many as the hometown hero and clear face of the franchise. While he departs, so do the Hornet’s chances of making the playoffs for the foreseeable future. However, in the NBA, nothings ever really predictable. The roster heading into this year looks fairly empty and without much talent to go off of. If anything, they’ll look for someone to emerge as the next leader of the team and hopefully earn a top pick in next year’s draft.

Pos Name Jersey Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. College
PG Terry Rozier Terry Rozier T. Rozier 3
77
#16 PG 1 6' 0" 189 25 3/17/94 5th season Louisville
PG Demetre Rivers Demetre Rivers D. Rivers
67
PG Kobi Simmons Kobi Simmons K. Simmons 3
66
#85 PG 6' 5" 165 22 7/4/97 3rd season Arizona
SG Dwayne Bacon Dwayne Bacon D. Bacon 7
73
#76 SG 1 6' 5" 220 24 8/30/95 3rd season Florida State
SG Malik Monk Malik Monk M. Monk 1
76
#67 SG 2 6' 2" 198 21 2/4/98 3rd season Kentucky
SF Nicolas Batum Nicolas Batum N. Batum 5
77
#23 SF 1 6' 9" 198 30 12/14/88 12th season
SF Miles Bridges Miles Bridges M. Bridges 0
75
#79 SF 1 6' 5" 224 21 3/21/98 2nd season Michigan State
SF Cody Martin Cody Martin C. Martin 11
70
4 6' 5" 202 24 9/28/95 Rookie
SF Caleb Martin Caleb Martin C. Martin 10
68
6' 5" 202 24 9/28/95 Rookie
PF PJ Washington PJ Washington P. Washington 25
73
1 6' 7" 235 21 8/23/98 Rookie Kentucky
PF Marvin Williams Marvin Williams M. Williams 2
77
#40 PF 2 6' 7" 235 33 6/19/86 15th season UNC
PF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Michael Kidd-Gilchrist M. Kidd-Gilchrist 14
75
#35 PF 3 6' 5" 231 26 9/26/93 8th season Kentucky
PF Jalen McDaniels Jalen McDaniels J. McDaniels 6
69
6' 9" 191 21 1/31/98 Rookie San Diego State
C Cody Zeller Cody Zeller C. Zeller 40
76
#49 C 1 6' 11" 238 27 10/5/92 7th season Indiana
C Willy Hernangomez Willy Hernangomez W. Hernangomez 9
77
#36 C 2 6' 11" 238 25 5/27/94 4th season
C Bismack Biyombo Bismack Biyombo B. Biyombo 11
75
#65 C 3 6' 7" 253 27 8/28/92 9th season
F Robert Franks Robert Franks R. Franks
68
6' 7" 224 22 12/18/96 Rookie Washington State

2019-2020 Charlotte Hornets Roster Top 3 Roster Questions

Replacing Kemba Walker

Replacing a player of Walker’s caliber is never easy. If you’re a major market team, you could’ve easily handed out some money to a Kyrie Irving or D’Angelo Russell but Charlotte isn’t that type of team. Instead, they signed Terry Rozier out of Boston for a massive three year, $58 million dollar contract. While this isn’t a good look on paper, the Hornets had no choice but to hand out this ridiculous amount for a bench player who played to prove his worth last year.

Rozier is by no doubt a good basketball player. But paying that much money for a guy who came off the bench for 9 points, 2.9 assists, and 3.9 rebounds last year is almost crazy. The Rozier deal is simply overpriced and there’s serious concerns about whether he’s really worth that contract. Nevertheless, the Hornets will get likely an average point guard that they’ll hope to groom into a 15 point scorer by the end of the year.

Who will take over as the face of the franchise?

With Kemba Walker now gone, who will take over as the franchise’s next star? Terry Rozier seems like the most viable candidate as he replaces Walker’s spot in the lineup but he wasn’t even a starter in Boston. Instead he was overshadowed by the big names of Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford. Could they look for rookie PJ Washington to be their next star instead? Both these players have some degree of lack of experience and aren’t likely to be Charlotte’s next star, at least not yet.

Will we instead see one of the veterans in Shelvin Mack, Nicholas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, or Marvin Williams take the helm? The answer is, there probably isn’t one clear answer to the face of the Hornets franchise for the next few years. These veterans are all well known names in the NBA community but all lack the skill set and track record to truly make them pillars of a franchise. Instead, Charlotte's face of the franchise is likely still developing in school, waiting to be drafted in the near future. For Hornets fans, look forward to using the next few years to rebuild your franchise and find that next big core of young talent.

What does PJ Washington have in store in his rookie season?

With the 12th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets selected PJ Washington. However, what exactly does Washington bring to the Hornets team. First, he decided to pass on last year’s draft to improve, once played alongside Rookie of the Year runner-up Trae Young, and was among the highest ranked prospects in his high school class. Last year at Kentucky, he averaged 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. By returning to school for a second year, Washington improved his draft stock and wound up as a top 15 pick in 2019.

His skill set includes great length and athleticism for the power forward position. He’s a go-to scorer and ability to shoot from range while being a great decision maker. On the defensive end of the court, he’s mostly a low-post defender as he sometimes lacks the ability to aggressively switch onto guards. However, his length makes up for it with blocks and clogging up the passing lane. He’ll make for a fine developmental piece for the Hornets as they search for their next big star.