It has been a rough start to the 2023-24 NBA season for the Charlotte Hornets, with three horrifying stats highlighting their offensive issues.
1. Three-point shooting
Last season, Charlotte was far from a consistent threat from three-point range, and there was some hope that the Hornets would be able to improve upon that this season. Unfortunately, this team remains one of the worst-performing groups in the NBA.
Averaging 9.4 makes while converting 32.1% on 29.3 attempts per game, with Charlotte ranking 30th, 30th, and 29th, respectively, in these areas. With this performance and rankings in mind, it is pretty safe to say that the Hornets are the worst three-point shooting team in the league.
This is far from acceptable and it should lead to anyone having a high level of confidence in this current roster configuration. The Hornets were not working with a bar that was necessarily that high, and it was widely accepted that they would improve as a team. But the fact that they continue to struggle and be such a non-factor from three-point range is incredibly alarming.
It is going to be tough to win games consistently or often enough to retain fan interest in this team if they continue to be one of the least consistent teams from beyond the arc. Perhaps things change, and things start to go their way while still being a team that not does do a whole lot of damage from three. But a much more likely scenario is that these struggles compound as the season progresses, ultimately resulting in a lot more losses than wins.