Predicting the Roles and Impact of Each Charlotte Hornets Newcomer This Season

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Predicting the Roles and Impact of Each Charlotte Hornets Newcomer This Season
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The Charlotte Hornets quietly had one of the better offseasons across the NBA.

They rode the momentum of a top-notch draft haul right into free agency and added to what has become an increasingly louder buzz in the organization. Hope is sky-high after the team's second playoff appearance.

Most of all, the newcomers all seem to fit perfectly into a roster that finally gained some traction last year. It took until their final campaign, but the Bobcats finally established a winning culture behind a new, intense defensive regime led by head coach Steve Clifford as well as newcomer Al Jefferson.

Coming off 43 wins, there is a spot to be filled at the Eastern Conference's round table. It will no longer be the Miami Heat and everyone else. The Indiana Pacers will most likely not be a factor, with Paul George now out for the year due to his gruesome leg injury.

The Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers have retooled and should be huge threats, but there is plenty of room for Charlotte to push its way very far up the list of contenders.

As for the newcomers, they shouldn't have any problem slotting right into their respective roles. Charlotte had needs in multiple areas but filled them all.

Here is how each of Charlotte's additions should impact this upcoming season.

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