Charlotte Hornets: Where Each Starter Can Improve

Dec 26, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford talks with guard Nicolas Batum (5) and guard Kemba Walker (15) during the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Hornets defeated the Grizzlies 98-92. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 26, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford talks with guard Nicolas Batum (5) and guard Kemba Walker (15) during the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Hornets defeated the Grizzlies 98-92. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports /
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Even though every starter showed improvement last season, they must be even better this year for the Charlotte Hornets to have a successful season.

Dec 26, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford talks with guard Nicolas Batum (5) and guard Kemba Walker (15) during the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Hornets defeated the Grizzlies 98-92. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 26, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford talks with guard Nicolas Batum (5) and guard Kemba Walker (15) during the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Hornets defeated the Grizzlies 98-92. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports /

Even with a lot of new players on the roster this season, the Charlotte Hornets’ starting line-up should resemble that of last year’s. Steve Clifford should have his starting unit set from Day One as they will look to build from an impressive 2015-2016 campaign. The team should also get the chance to finally see Michael Kidd-Gilchrist inserted into the starting five with a chance to play alongside Nic Batum.

The Hornets’ starting line-up should consist of Kemba Walker manning the point guard position as he has for the past four seasons, Nicolas Batum at shooting guard, MKG at small forward, Marvin Williams at the four spot, and Cody Zeller at the center position. Many may speculate that Roy Hibbert could take over Cody Zeller as the starter but to start the year, Zeller should be the man one who gets the nod from coach Clifford.

This was largely the starting unit that most envisioned Charlotte having at the start of last season (minus Al Jefferson), but MKG went down with a serious injury and was limited to only seven games last year. The team will get a chance to showcase their best players and best starting line-up to start this season, barring any injuries in before the season starts.

All of the projected starters for this season had a big boost in production last year but where can each of them improve to be better going forward? After coming off of such a successful season, the team will need to come back even stronger as they attempt to contend for a playoff spot and move past the first round.

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