The Charlotte Bobcats showed incredible progress in their final season under that name and first season under the direction of Steve Clifford.
In just a few months, this team will be known as the Hornets again, and the name change isn't the only thing causing a buzz in Charlotte.
The Bobcats went from dead last in defensive rating in 2012-13 to sixth in 2013-14. They gave up just 101.2 points per 100 possessions, and went 20-9 after the All-Star break behind their stingy defense. Posting the league's sixth-best record over that span helped Charlotte secure a playoff berth with the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference.
According to the Associated Press (via NBA.com), point guard Kemba Walker said of helping his team return to the postseason, "It's exciting. It's different. This is what I have been dreaming of my whole life. I've been waiting for this opportunity."
After being swept in the first round by the defending champion Miami Heat, Walker and his teammates will have to wait until next year for that opportunity again.
They can ensure getting it if they address their biggest needs this offseason.