If this season is in fact over for the Charlotte Hornets, there isn’t much on which to hang their hats. One bright side, however, is the backcourt duo of Terry Rozier and Devonte’ Graham.
The world of sports is at a virtual standstill at the moment, due to the worldwide pandemic that is COVID-19. As time moves on, more and more people are becoming infected, including many athletes. This has essentially left the world without an entire form of entertainment for the foreseeable future. Sure, there are the talks of front office dealings and players being moved, but actual sports have been all but laid to rest.
This, of course, is also true of the NBA and many among the sport, as well as fans, are waiting with bated breath to hear what the league and its teams will do in the coming months. An answer could come this week or it could come well into the summer. Sadly, this is the nature of something so widespread and unpredictable and every time news of an athlete becoming infected leaks, it possibly pushes back any hopes of resuming the season.
For the Charlotte Hornets, however, their future was pretty much cemented when the season was put on hold. Regardless of how the remainder of the season played out, they were going to miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year, tied for their second-longest drought in team history. Fans had relegated themselves to simply seeing what the offseason held for the team, hoping they could see some kind of improvement from the front office.
Time will tell whether or not that actually happens. As far as the team the Hornets currently do have, though, there is something to be somewhat excited about, and that would be the duo of Devonte’ Graham and Terry Rozier.
After the departure of Hornets legend, Kemba Walker, many assumed that the backcourt for Charlotte would be the biggest chink in the armor for this young squad. It quickly became apparent, however, that the two could play not only together, but at a high level while on the floor at the same time. They elevated their play so much that both were considered candidates for Most Improved Player, though Graham obviously had the stronger case.
So, in yet another disappointing season, there was a small silver lining that fans could enjoy. It’s clear that the two provided much of the spark on offense throughout the year, but in terms of historical Hornets duos, where do they rank? Can they break the top five despite just one season together? Let’s take a look, shall we?