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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  • Old Bill Collins

    Sorry, I don’t see them in the playoffs. They will have company. At least three of the teams you have listed are headed for the lottery.

    • Jimmy

      What? Who is in the playoffs ahead of them?

      • Old Bill Collins

        After seeing the teamwork shown by the Spurs in the finals, I appreciated the value of team chemistry and good coaching. With the amount of player movement and the numerous coaching changes, I have tried to look at overall team performance for next season. It is truly a guessing game. Expect a horse race. May your favorite team win.

  • Joey Owens

    There might be 1 or 2 that don’t make it, but the teams listed are the best teams in the East. I wonder if Toronto will be as good as they were last year. They didn’t regress on paper but they kind of came out of nowhere. The Cavs and Wizards are locks for the top 3 to me. We’ll see about the Bulls

    • Balraj Chahal

      So the raptors came out of nowhere but the wizards didn’t?! The bulls are a top team in the east with Derrick Rose, the wizards got very lucky in the playoffs last year the bulls added and have gotten a lot better and same with the raps

      • Joey Owens

        When they signed Gortat and Nene and paired them with John Wall, it was a decent chance they would make the playoffs. Beal was an unknown and Ariza was inconsistent. The Raptors resigned Derozan to a big deal and brought in Lowry so yeah they were a little more unexpected.

        • Balraj Chahal

          Not really nobody thought the wizards were going anywhere most of the season and even in the playoffs, the raps have been building a good foundation for years, once the Rudy gay trade was made they started winning right away it’s not really a coincedence that happened, the raps are a better team than the wizards, just got a better match up in the playoffs I think wizards finish 6 behind Cleveland, bulls raps pacers and heat

          • Joey Owens

            Lol well I thought the Wizards would be good because I thought Gortat was really underrated and if Nene could stay healthy or come back at the right time that he would be a factor. Which is why I ranked them in the top 3 and I didn’t think they came out of nowhere. Of course the Bulls will be good, but I’m not jynxing Rose again.

  • Michael Lamb

    1) Chicago
    2) Cleveland
    3) Charlotte
    4) Miami
    5) Washington
    6) Atlanta
    7) Indiana
    8) Toronto

    I don’t know why anyone would think the Knicks will be any better as long as they have Stoudemire and Smith. They should be nowhere in a playoffs discussion even as the 8th seed. And Indy may not make it either. They’re dysfunctional and still will be without Lance. Hibbert can be effective but won’t, George is not a good leader on the floor ( good player but but not a leader ), and IMO Vogel isn’t a very good coach.

    • Joey Owens

      Pretty much agree with about everything here. Don’t forget George Hill either

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  • Steve Rochester

    The Charlotte Hornets will finish first in the eastern conference. At worst, they will finish fourth