Charlotte Hornets Roster 2020 Charlotte Hornets Roster

23-42, 4th in East Southeast

After losing Kemba Walker to the Celtics, the Hornets are trying to find a core to build around for the future. Devonte Graham will look to be that name. They replaced Walker with Rozier, which isn't much of a move for the future. The frontcourt is the biggest weakness for the Hornets as they don't have a set power forward or center. PJ Washington was recently drafted and has a bright future in the NBA. Names like Miles Bridges and Malik Monk are going to be looked at heavily before the Hornets decide if they want to keep them as a part of the future.

Pos Name Jersey Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. College
Devonte' Graham
Devonte' Graham D. Graham
#19 PG 1 6' 0" 182 24 2/22/95 2nd season Kansas
Terry Rozier
Terry Rozier T. Rozier
#23 PG 1 6' 0" 189 25 3/17/94 5th season Louisville
Kobi Simmons
Kobi Simmons K. Simmons
#110 PG 6' 5" 165 22 7/4/97 3rd season Arizona
Dwayne Bacon
Dwayne Bacon D. Bacon
#77 SG 2 6' 5" 220 24 8/30/95 3rd season Florida State
Malik Monk
Malik Monk M. Monk
#27 SG 3 6' 2" 198 21 2/4/98 3rd season Kentucky
Miles Bridges
Miles Bridges M. Bridges
#12 SF 1 6' 5" 224 21 3/21/98 2nd season Michigan State
Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum N. Batum
#45 SF 2 6' 9" 198 30 12/14/88 12th season
Cody Martin
Cody Martin C. Martin
#75 SF 4 6' 5" 202 24 9/28/95 Rookie
Caleb Martin
Caleb Martin C. Martin
#87 SF 6' 5" 202 24 9/28/95 Rookie
PJ Washington
PJ Washington P. Washington
#24 PF 1 6' 7" 235 21 8/23/98 Rookie Kentucky
Jalen McDaniels
Jalen McDaniels J. McDaniels
#100 PF 6' 9" 191 21 1/31/98 Rookie San Diego State
Ray Spalding
Ray Spalding R. Spalding
#102 PF 6' 9" 213 22 3/11/97 2nd season Louisville
Bismack Biyombo
Bismack Biyombo B. Biyombo
#28 C 1 6' 7" 253 27 8/28/92 9th season
Cody Zeller
Cody Zeller C. Zeller
#23 C 2 6' 11" 238 27 10/5/92 7th season Indiana
Willy Hernangomez
Willy Hernangomez W. Hernangomez
#74 C 3 6' 11" 238 25 5/27/94 4th season

2020 Charlotte Hornets Roster Top 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.