It was a very bold decision by the Charlotte Hornets to not bring in a veteran big man to add to their roster. Instead, they are banking on the continued success of second-year center Mark Williams.
Williams primarily came off the bench last season but was able to get a chance at starting after the Hornets traded Mason Plumlee. Williams took the opportunity in front of him and ran with it, averaging 11.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 17 games as a starter. A more than solid finish to the season and a rare bright spot for the Hornets in a down year.
Charlotte is counting on Williams to at least maintain or even improve upon the level of play he showed down the stretch last season. Having a consistent and productive presence near the basket is crucial to the ultimate success of a team. The teams that do not have one continuously give up offensive rebounds and are not able to generate any for themselves.
Should the gamble of not bringing in a big man experience work, it could pay massive dividends for the franchise and solidify their future at the center position. If not, it would be an all-time backfire as the path to avoid this exact situation was right in front of them and they chose to ignore it anyway.