Charlotte Hornets: How to improve the center position

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The Charlotte Hornets have had about a seven-foot-tall hole in their starting lineup since the days of Al Jefferson. Recently, it’s been Cody Zeller, Mason Plumlee, and Bismack Biyombo. Other solutions have involved names such as Dwight Howard and Roy Hibbert – but none of these guys have been able to solve the Charlotte Hornets’ issue at center.

Charlotte Hornets: How to improve the center position

Looking at the current Charlotte Hornets roster (I’m writing this before they trim the roster down to 15 + 2-ways), the team has five big men: Mason Plumlee, PJ Washington, Kai Jones, Vernon Carey, and Nick Richards.

Three of those players (Carey, Richards, and Jones) have been selected with a draft pick within the last two draft classes. Looking at what Carey and Richards were able to do last season (and how they performed in preseason), it seems unlikely that they will be able to even become replacement-level players in the future.

So, with a short term solution currently on the roster in Mason Plumlee, the Hornets are presumably on the hunt for a player that could be a long-term starter at center.

There’s a few different options for the Charlotte Hornets – whether it be on their current roster, free agency, or in the trade market.

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