The Charlotte Hornets 2023 season has gotten off to a rough start. With a 3-7 record through their first 10 games, Charlotte has largely struggled, with any and all optimism about this season disappearing as each day passes. While the situation in Charlotte appears grim, all is not lost as they are about to get some much-needed help in the form of Miles Bridges. Bridges will be returning to action for the Hornets after his suspension to begin the season has come to an end in what has been described as a significant role.
The hope is that inserting someone with the amount of talent Bridges possesses should help their offensive issues and lead to more wins for the Hornets. Bridges averaged 20.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in 35.5 minutes in 80 games started the last time he was on the court, all career-highs. The problem is that the last time Bridges actually appeared in a game was April 10th, 2022, and there could be a good deal of rust upon his return. There is only so much a player can do while being away for so long, as there is no genuine substitute for actual NBA game action.
Charlotte does not need Bridges to be the savior because expecting that is a foolish endeavor. All the Hornets need from the former Michigan State Spartan is to be one of several pieces that can contribute to a collective effort to perform better.
The reintegration of Bridges should at least make this Hornets team more competitive in games, even if that does not mean winning more. This is an organization that is currently in a spot in their rebuild process which requires identifying players who are and who are not part of their future. Ideally, Bridges can help raise the talent floor in Charlotte and help this organization become competitive sooner rather than later. If not, it would not be surprising to see Charlotte move multiple players later this season as they lean more toward clearing out roster clutter and building for the future.