In this episode of Basketball by Association, NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes break down all the key roster losses and additions, discuss the biggest storylines to watch and set realistic expectations for the Hornets.
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Anthony Davis has already proven that he's the real deal during his slim playing time with Team USA at the 2012 Olympics. Yet, how will his game translate when he's the main focal point on a full-time basis?
In addition to Davis, this team will also build around guards Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers. However, can the two coexist in the same backcourt, and is Rivers even ready for a major role in the rotation?
The supporting cast is also completely revamped, so how will newcomers like Ryan Anderson, Hakim Warrick and Robin Lopez pan out alongside Davis on the front line? Will holdovers like Greivis Vasquez, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jason Smith continue developing into solid role players?
It's assumed that coach Monty Williams will keep this team playing hard, but what's its real ceiling? Is this a fringe playoff contender already, or will it be much more difficult to mesh this young core together?
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