Three pieces Hornets need to become a contender

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2. A backup to LaMelo Ball with a different style

A backup point guard does not seem all that exciting or in any way important. However, that does not apply when a team has a starting point guard that plays like LaMelo Ball. The fourth-year member of Charlotte’s backcourt has a playing style that relies on his athleticism and play-making ability, and while exciting, can lead to inconsistent and uneven stretches of play. That is why having a backup guard who is of a different skill set would be valuable for Charlotte.

That skillset? That of a point guard who is looking to set everyone else up as a distributor rather than be a primary driver of the offense, the latter description applying to Ball. Having someone who can come in to get starters besides Ball involved in the offense, in addition to other key players off the bench, would provide the Hornets with some rotational balance. A guard coming in and being able to keep the offense going while the starters get rest throughout the game is a quality asset.

A quality backup who can allow the team to better navigate a situation where Ball is not available to them for one reason or another is also incredibly valuable. And considering Ball’s lengthy injury history in his brief career, seems like it is going to be a requirement down the road.