May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) wipes his face during a game against the Miami Heat in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Where do the Hornets rank in the East?

The Hornets have had a busy, buzzy offseason, and there is a lot to look forward to in Buzz City this year. The additions through the draft in Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston compounded with free agent acquisitions Lance Stephenson, Brian Roberts, and Marvin Williams have the Hornets looking like a much better team. Of course, the team is a playoff squad, but where do they fall in the tight Eastern conference?

I see the Hornets coming in to the playoffs as a solid number five seed. The Hornets are a great team with tons of potential, but they cannot compete with the proven talent of the Bulls and Raptors as well as LeBron on Cleveland enough to oust them from their top spots. The Hornets are one of those teams that it really does not matter what seed they are, as they can beat anyone and everyone. I still see the top 5 in the East as 46-50 win teams. If Charlotte could win 50 games, imagine the hype that would surround us riding into the playoffs.

The Hornets are likely to shift around throughout the season, moving higher and lower in the standings, but all in all a five seed is what we are looking at realistically. I would not be surprised if the Hornets do grab the 4th spot from Washington, but no matter what it is Wiz vs. Buzz in the first round of the playoffs. That is a matchup to watch out for.

I don’t think it is possible for the Hornets to fall below six at any point this season, as the top six teams in the East are so exponentially better than the likes of the Hawks, Pistons, Nets, Knicks, and Celtics. While these five will likely fight to the death for the final two playoff spots, Charlotte should be able to relax a little in the regular season.

The East as it is now is set to where there is no Miami Heat like team that everyone dreads playing. Sure the Bulls and Cavs are scary, but they are beatable. The Hornets could defeat either of them in a seven game series. So could Toronto, and Washington, and Miami. The East is wide open.

The top seeded teams do not make them untouchable by the likes of lower seeds. That is one of the reasons the East playoff bracket will be so much more exciting than the West. Anyone can beat anyone. It’s like college basketball — the  door is wide open for a cinderella. Charlotte could be one of those cinderella teams if they work hard enough. We will just have to wait and find out.

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