Hornets considered one of league's worst

Charlotte Hornets v Phoenix Suns
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With just eight wins and 24 losses on the season, it is getting quite difficult to find anything remotely positive about this version of the Charlotte Hornets. Sure, Brandon Miller is one of the league's better young players, but that can only do so much when it comes to generating any level of optimism regarding this team. To put it simply, the Hornets lose and lose often, which makes it not entirely surprising to see them near the bottom of a recently released NBA power ranking

Checking in at 27 and ahead of just three other teams are the Hornets. Bleacher Report's Andy Bailey notes the injuries and suspension of Miles Bridges as a reason for their poor performance this season. While those two factors have not helped in any way, shape, or form, it does gloss over the fact that this team is constructed rather poorly.

It was quite obvious before the season started that this Hornets team was not ready for primetime despite the coaching and front office believing they were. Taking into account that this roster has no depth beyond their starting lineup and is filled with bench players who would not be on the roster of contending teams, it is not all that surprising to see them struggle in the manner in which they have and end up as one of the lowest ranked teams at this point in the season.

Even though much of this entry is filled with doom and gloom, there is sort of a bright spot pointed out by Bailey regarding the future of the franchise. The poor play and record of the Hornets, should it continue, would have Charlotte having a decent shot at landing the top pick in the next NBA Draft Lottery.

"In fact, after an 11-game losing streak that finally ended with a win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, Charlotte is within striking distance of a bottom-three finish and a 14.0 percent shot at the No. 1 pick."

Andy Bailey

While this does nothing for the 2023-24 season, having a good chance at the number one pick should result in a high draft selection for the Hornets. This would give the organization a chance to add another talented young player into the mix, further solidifying their foundation for the future. It is not particularly exciting at the given moment, but it is something to look forward to in an otherwise underwhelming season in Charlotte.