Would the Charlotte Hornets making the playoffs somehow be a disappointment?

Charlotte Hornets huddle (Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets huddle (Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images) /

In the world of sports, nothing is guaranteed. Most believe the Charlotte Hornets are a lock for an early draft pick. Yet, what if they pull off the impossible and somehow make the postseason?

It’s no secret the Charlotte Hornets are not expected to compete for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference this season. Many fans and experts agree that they will most likely be vying for a top-three pick in next year’s draft.

Things rarely go according to plan in the realm of sports, however, and every year, there are surprise teams that manage to achieve success. This isn’t as common of an occurrence in the NBA as it is in other leagues, like say, the NFL.

There are many more games and the much smaller number of players on a team means that if a team is bad on paper, you can pretty much assume they will be on the court.

Stranger things have happened, though, and why can’t it benefit the Hornets this time? Many have written off this season (and several in the future), but it’s not exactly as if the team lacks any talent at all.

They have a nice young core in Dwayne Bacon, Malik Monk, and Miles Bridges. Perhaps those three could propel the team to a 7th or 8th seed. Terry Rozier might not be Kemba Walker, but he should be a very serviceable option at point guard.

If Nicolas Batum can return to the level of play he sustained in Portland, he’d at least be a nice, albeit overpaid, asset.

So, the possibility is there, if all the cards fall correctly, of course. Would fans be happy, though? Most are fully embracing the rebuild and want to see a massive overhaul of this roster.

Personally, I’d like to see that as well, but if they somehow did make the postseason, it’s not like I wouldn’t cheer them on. I assume most fans would, as well.

It would definitely be bittersweet, as it would most likely just be a fluke and the team would collapse the following season, resulting in the “waste” of this season and potential draft positioning.

Not to mention there’s no guarantee they’d even get out of the first round, something they haven’t done since the 2001-2002 season. Either way, a competitive Hornets team would be something to see.

There probably isn’t a lot of optimism right now in the Charlotte Hornets fanbase and most fans are looking forward to a few years down the road, but this season might just go Charlotte’s way. It seems very unlikely, of course, but you just never know.

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In any case, I at least know I’ll be cheering this team on and I have a feeling many others will do the same.