Mar 31, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker (15) celebrates with center Al Jefferson (25) during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Time Warner Cable Arena. Bobcats defeated the Wizards 100-94. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Where do the Charlotte Hornets rank in the East?

The Charlotte Hornets finally made a splash in free agency when they signed now-former Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson. Yes, Lance is on his way to Charlotte!

There is a lot of buzz around Charlotte about the signing of Lance Stephenson. Everyone has been anticipating a big move from the Hornets for a while now, and it has finally happened.

Charlotte had agreed on a contract with Gordon Hayward, but the Utah Jazz matched the offer. Don’t worry though, the Indiana Pacers cannot match the offer made on Lance Stephenson.

A potential starting lineup of Kemba Walker, Lance Stephenson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller, and Al Jefferson will put the Charlotte Hornets into immediate contention in the Eastern Conference, but where do they rank among the other teams?

Here is my projected Eastern Conference standings:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

2. Chicago Bulls

3. Toronto Raptors

4. Indiana Pacers

5. Charlotte Hornets

6. Washington Wizards

7. Miami Heat

8. New York Knicks

The Eastern Conference is up for grabs, I could see this going in a lot of different ways. I am not sure how the Indiana Pacers will react to the departure of Lance Stephenson.

Right now I have Cleveland at Number 1 with the return of LeBron James. If the Cavaliers can acquire Kevin Love without trading away Andrew Wiggins (which is unlikely) they will be a lock for the Number 1 seed.

I am also assuming Derrick Rose stays healthy, which is a huge assumption. If he can’t the Bulls will not be the 2 seed. Chicago added Pau Gasol over the off-season, so he will be a huge part of their success.

The Washington Wizards were able to add Paul Pierce, but at the cost of losing Trevor Ariza. How much does Paul Pierce have left in the tank?

Despite losing LeBron James, the Miami Heat were able to keep Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and added Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts, and Danny Granger. The health of Dwyane Wade will be what determines how Miami does next year.

I currently have the Charlotte Hornets 5th in the Eastern Conference. I think the worst case scenario for them is finishing 7th, and their ceiling being the 3rd seed.

Where do you have the Hornets finishing in the East? Let us know in the comment section!

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