Charlotte Hornets Betting and Team Guide
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Charlotte Hornets Betting in 2019-20
If you are looking to place some bets on the Hornets in the 2019-20 NBA season, this section will help you do your homework with key data, odds, and predictions that are regularly updated throughout the year.
Latest Charlotte Hornets Odds for 2019-20
Charlotte Hornets to Win the 2020 NBA Championship +100000
Charlotte Hornets to Win the 2020 NBA Western Conference+25000
Charlotte Hornets to Win the 2020 NBA Southeast Division +25000
Charlotte Hornets Predictions for 2019-20
- Current Prediction: 27-30 wins, miss the playoffs
- Current Pick: No recommended bet
- Last Updated: February 28th
The Hornets won just a single game from January 6th to February 8th (1-13 during that stretch).
As amazing of a player as Michael Jordan was, he hasn’t been able to transfer his greatness into the front office. Charlotte has won fewer than 40 games in each of the last three seasons and might not even account for 30 victories in 2020.
Devonte’ Graham and Terry Rozier are both terrific point guards who can score the ball proficiently, but Charlotte’s frontcourt depth is utterly atrocious.
- Previous Charlotte Hornets Predictions
- Prediction: 30-32 wins, miss the playoffs
- Pick: No recommended bet
Charlotte has an opportunity to make the playoffs if they can just start stringing together some quality performances. The problem is of the 30 teams in the NBA, they rank 28th in scoring and 28th in opponent field-goal percentage.
The Hornets weak frontcourt doesn’t intimidate anybody, so nobody should be shocked that they’ve lost 8 of their past 10 games. In the end, my guess is they fall short in their quest to reach the postseason.
- Prediction: 30-33 wins, miss the playoffs
- Pick: No recommended bet
If you didn’t think the Hornets were going to be very good in 2019/2020, nothing that has transpired 22 games into their season is going to change your opinion. Charlotte ranks 29th out of 30 teams in rebounding, and their -8.4 point differential/game is among the worst in the league.
- Prediction: 20 wins in the regular season
- Pick: Under 23.5 Wins -120
In my initial prediction, I had the Charlotte Hornets around 30 wins, but I feel that is way too high. A lot of teams on the East should improve, at least to a point they are better than the Hornets.
The team’s offense looks like one of the worst in the NBA and the defense is only slightly better. The bookmakers expect around 22-23 victories or so, but I think it could be even worse.
The Hornets have been out of the NBA Playoffs for the past three years. The team is usually a couple of victories away from the top 8, but that’s hardly an achievement in the much weaker Eastern Conference.
This time around, the expectations are that the Hornets will be even worse. The reason is clear — the team lost its franchise player in Kemba Walker and will go through something of a rebuild. The odds obviously reflect that, and no one expects wonders from the Charlotte Hornets.
We don’t either, but the team should still be better than the likes of the Knicks, the Bulls, and the Cavaliers. That doesn’t mean much, though, and a playoff place seems out of the question, so the traditional markets make no sense right now.
Charlotte Hornets News and Updates
February 28th, by Michael Wynn
Other than Devonte’ Graham being the frontrunner to win the NBA’s Most Improved Player award, there isn’t a lot to celebrate about in Charlotte.
Oh, and if you were waiting for former Kentucky star Malik Monk to break out, don’t hold your breath. Monk has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NBA anti-drug program.
- Previous News and Updates
January 10th, by Michael Wynn
Michael Jordan might not be getting the overall production he’d like to see out of his roster as a whole, but that shouldn’t take away what Devonte’ Graham has been able to achieve 40 games into his sophomore season. The University of Kansas product was an afterthought as a rookie averaging 4.7 points and 2.6 assists per game. In year two, Graham is pouring in 18.9 ppg and is dropping 7.8 dimes per night.
Perhaps the issue in Charlotte is that their next best player is also a point guard.
Terry Rozier didn’t get off to the greatest of starts, but former Celtic has contributed 27 or more points in four consecutive games and is shooting over 43% from deep in January.
December 4th, by Michael Wynn
Hornets coach James Borrego needs to settle in on a rotation. Having 9 players average 20+ minutes per night clearly isn’t a working formula. Perhaps the issue is that Charlotte’s two most explosive players (Terry Rozier and Devonte’ Graham) both play the same position.
Another roadblock impeding the progress of the Hornets is the fact that they are committed to paying Nicolas Batum more than $25 million this year, and more than $27 million next year. Batum is currently averaging 3.6 points and shooting under 26% from beyond the arc.
October 8th, by Jerry Summer
A lot of people are talking about P J Washington after the rookie impressed in his debut against the Boston Celtics, but I think it’s too early to get on the hype train. There were multiple contributors and the defense was better than expected, but it’s only one preseason game and it was lost.
Still, if the Hornets continue in this fashion, they could be better than some people expect. And yet, I think that won’t be the case.
July 11th, by Jerry Summer
There are a lot of rumors related to the Hornets. It seems forward Marvin Williams is available, and some reports suggest the team might be after Russell Westbrook. There’s nothing official yet, though, so we will continue to observe the situation closely.
July 8th, by Jerry Summer
One of the most shocking deals this offseason is now officially over. The Hornets have signed and traded Kemba Walker to the Celtics, and they received Terry Rozier. There are some draft picks involved, but they are for the second round, so let’s leave them aside for a minute.
The important news is that the franchise player of the organization is now gone. Obviously, the Hornets believe Rozier can replace him, as the point guard will receive $58 million over the next three years. That’s a bold move from the Hornets and one that could backfire badly, but only the future will tell.
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The Charlotte Hornets in 2019-20
Charlotte Hornets Roster in 2019-20
Everyone that’s interested in Charlotte Hornets betting in 2019-20 should learn more about the roster. If you don’t have the time and energy to research on your own, we’ve got you covered. Let’s start with a full list of the players that are part of the Hornets.
- Terry Rozier – Guard
- J. P. Macura – Guard
- Devonte’ Graham – Guard
- Tony Parker – Guard
- Shelvin Mack – Guard
- Joe Chealey – Guard
- Demetre Rivers – Guard
- Alec Wintering – Guard
- Gabe Devoe – Guard
- Nicolas Batum – Guard
- Malik Monk – Guard
- Miles Bridges – Forward
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Forward
- Dwayne Bacon – Forward
- Arnoldas Kulboka – Forward
- Marvin Williams – Forward
- PJ Washington – Forward
- Jalen McDaniels – Forward
- Robert Franks – Forward
- Cody Martin – Forward
- James Demery – Forward
- Chris Cokley – Forward
- Bismack Biyombo – Center
- Guillermo Hernangomez- Center
- Cody Zeller- Center
- Ben Lammers- Center
Projected Starting Lineup
If you are going to bet on the Charlotte Hornets in the 2019-20 season, you should know what to expect from the starting lineup. It’s the core of any NBA franchise. It’s still early in the offseason, and there were some major changes in the roster, so this may not be accurate, but we expect the following starting lineup from the Hornets in 2019-2020.
- Terry Rozier – Point Guard
- Nicolas Batum – Shooting Guard
- Miles Bridges – Small Forward
- Marvin Williams – Power Forward
- Bismack Biyombo – Center
As you can see, Terry Rozier will be the man that will have to replace Kemba Walker. The former Celtics guard is a decent playmaker and should be able to orchestrate the offense well. The problem is that this lineup doesn’t have good secondary ball-handlers.
Miles Bridges and Nicolas Batum will be expected to help, but neither is that good. Another potential offensive issue is that the Hornets lack variety and strong weapons. They have some decent shooters from outside, but that’s pretty much it.
It’s hard to see where most of their points are coming from, so we believe this will be a mediocre season in offense, at least when it comes to the starters.
The situation is not much better when it comes to defending. None of the starters is particularly good, for various reasons. Rozier puts in a lot of effort but is undersized, while Biyombo is an okay rim protector but isn’t very quick. Many teams will take full advantage of that.
The rest of the starters are about average defenders, so this team will concede a lot of points. You should have that in mind in your Charlotte Hornets betting in 2019-20.
Depth and Bench
The depth and the contributions from the bench will have a crucial influence on both your Charlotte Hornets futures and games betting. The core always needs to take rests during the games, so each franchise needs at least a couple of players that can replace them on the court.
In the case of the Hornets, the guys that are expected to have some influence are Cody Zeller, who’s a solid back-up center, point guard Shelvin Mack, Malik Monk, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Willy Hernangomez. This is a decent group of players, but none of them is something special.
For a start, none of them provides instant offense from the bench, so the offensive issues of the Hornets won’t be solved. On the bright side, most of these guys are at least decent defensively, so they should be able to hold the fort against certain teams.
Charlotte Hornets Staff in 2019-20
As we already saw, the current Hornets roster is barely competitive, but another factor you should consider when betting is the staff. A good group of coaches can extract more from any franchise. Here is the key personnel of the Charlotte Hornets.
- Head Coach: James Borrego
- Coaching Staff: Jay Triano (Asst. Coach), Chad Iske (Asst. Coach), Jay Hernandez (Asst. Coach), Ronald Nored (Asst. Coach), Dutch Gaitley (Asst. Coach), Nate Mitchell (Asst. Coach)
- Ownership: Michael Jordan
- General Manager: Mitch Kupchak
The experienced James Borrego was given the chance to become the head coach for the second time in his career in 2018. Borrego and his team were appointed with the goal to lead the Hornets to the playoffs. Despite a decent effort, the franchise finished 9th and failed to play in the NBA postseason.
To be fair, it was always going to be a difficult task with the players at Borrego’s disposal. The situation seems even worse this season, but the experience of the coach should help him squeeze enough from the roster for a decent performance.
The playoffs are out of the question, but building some team chemistry for next season is an achievable goal for the Hornets. You should have that in mind if you intend to place long-term bets related to the franchise.
Charlotte Hornets Schedule in 2019-20
It’s always crucial to follow the schedule of each team when you are betting. There are certain streaks where the players could accumulate fatigue and periods that are more comfortable for the franchise.
The schedule for next season is not yet released, but we will add it here and share our thoughts on some of the key points once the NBA announces the fixtures for the upcoming year.
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Charlotte Hornets Overview and Key Info
The Charlotte Hornets NBA franchise is owned by the legendary player Michael Jordan.
While the team’s official records reflect a 1988 inaugural season, there have been two Charlotte Hornets franchises and starting points. The first, founded in ’88, moved to New Orleans in 2002, clearing the way for a new franchise to be awarded to Charlotte, North Carolina, named the Charlotte Bobcats.
The new Bobcats team began play in the 2004-05 season. But in a deal with the NBA, the Bobcats, subsequently renamed the Hornets, got back all of the history and records from 1988-2002. So, their history dates back to ’88 and includes ten playoff appearances but no championships or titles to date.
For the 2018-19 season, the Hornets hired head coach James Borrego. Borrego has been an assistant coach in the NBA since 2003. He replaced Steve Clifford, who is now the new head coach of the Orlando Magic, after five seasons with Charlotte.
Charlotte Hornets – Key Info
- Current Team Location
- Charlotte, North Carolina, since 1988
- Eastern Conference – Southeast Division
- Spectrum Center
- G League Team
- Greensboro Swarm
- Team Value (Forbes 2018)
- $1.05 billion (Forbes 2018)
Charlotte Hornets History
The Charlotte Hornets started in 1988 as the 24th NBA franchise. But the history of the Hornets involves two franchises and some naming flip-flops.
George Shinn was the original owner and pushed for an NBA team in the Charlotte area using the brand-new, state-of-the-art Charlotte Coliseum as an enticement. The venue held 24,000 fans and was not only the largest in the NBA but allowed the new team to break attendance records.
The original team was going to be named the Charlotte Spirit, but a naming contest led the powers that be to select “Hornets” instead.
The Hornets received immediate attention for their fashionable uniforms.
Designer and North Carolina native Alexander Julian designed jerseys that adopted a teal color as well as incorporated pinstripes. Other teams eventually replicated the pinstripe design, but Charlotte was the trendsetter.
While the Hornets initially received incredible fan support, Shinn was reviled for player moves like trading fan favorites Muggsy Bogues and Glen Rice. In 2001, Shinn applied to move the team to Memphis as he was in talks with the city for a replacement for the Charlotte Coliseum, but the Vancouver Grizzlies were selected instead.
The franchise split occurred in 2002 when the city of Charlotte approved a new arena in Uptown (the current Spectrum Center), but it was conditional on ownership changes.
New Owner, New Franchise
So, Shinn moved the original franchise to New Orleans (New Orleans Hornets). A new franchise was awarded to Charlotte through BET founder Robert L. Johnson and an ownership group that included famed musician Nelly. Johnson became the first African-American majority owner in US professional sports.
The new team was named the Bobcats, and after inactivity from 2002-2004, the Bobcats played their first game at the new Charlotte Bobcats Arena in the 2004-05 season.
After the first season, Michael Jordan invested and became the second-largest shareholder. But he then purchased the team from Johnson during the 2008-09 season and remains as the primary owner.
In 2014, after the New Orleans Hornets changed their name to the New Orleans Pelicans, Jordan petitioned and had a name change approved back to the original Charlotte Hornets.
The Hornets/Bobcats have made ten playoff appearances through the 2010 season but have yet to win an NBA championship or a conference or division title. Two Hall of Famers, Robert Parish and Alonzo Mourning, have played for the Bobcats, and Larry Brown, the eighth head coach, took the Charlotte job after he was inducted in 2002.
Hornets’ All-Stars have included Gerald Wallace, Baron Davis, and Eddie Jones. Glen Rice was a three-time All-Star (1996-98). Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, and Kemba Walker were each two-time selections.
Charlotte Hornets Championships and Playoffs
- 0 NBA Championships:
- 0 Conference Titles:
- 0 Division Titles:
Charlotte Hornets Home Court – Spectrum Center
- Inaugurated: 2005
- Renovated: 2016
- Capacity: 19,077
- Former Names: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte Bobcats Arena
The Spectrum Center opened in 2005 to accommodate the new Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats franchise. The first team had played at the 24,000-seat Charlotte Coliseum. When the Coliseum was first built, it was a premier facility and allowed the Hornets to break several NBA attendance records during their first few years.
After Charlotte Coliseum started to show wear and tear, the original Hornets moved to New Orleans, and the new Bobcats/Hornets moved into Spectrum, which was formerly known as Charlotte Bobcats Arena and then Time Warner Cable Arena.
Spectrum accommodates over 19,000 for NBA games. It debuted in 2005 showcasing one of its unique features. The center-hung scoreboard included a 3D illuminated mural of the Charlotte skyline that was on display in 360 degrees. That scoreboard was later replaced during the 2015 renovations with one that was twice its size and had 1080p resolution, new to the NBA.
Over the years, the venue has hosted hockey, as well as concerts and one-off events.
- Venue Address: Spectrum Center, 333 E Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
- Mailing Address: Charlotte Hornets, 333 E Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
- Phone: 704-688-8600
Charlotte Hornets Head Coaches
The original Charlotte Hornets, owned by George Shinn, moved to New Orleans in 2002. But the current Charlotte Hornets team was awarded the history of the franchise during its time in Charlotte. That includes the coaches, history, and records. So, the 1988-2002 seasons are officially attached to the current Charlotte Hornets franchise, owned by Michael Jordan.
The first coach of the Charlotte Hornets from 1988-1990 was Dick Harter. Both he and Gene Littles, who was next in line, have no playoff history. The first time the Hornets made it to any post-season action was in 1992-93 when they eventually lost in the conference semifinals to the Knicks. That season was under head coach Allan Bristow.
Bristow spent five years with the Hornets (1991-96) and was the first to step down with a winning percentage (.505). Bristow has coached and won more games than any other Charlotte coach to date.
Paul Silas (1999-2002) was the last coach of the “first era,” before the Hornets moved to New Orleans. Silas coached Charlotte to three consecutive playoff seasons including two first-round wins. He has the best playoff stats of his counterparts with 11-12 for a .478 winning percentage. Silas returned in 2010-12 with the Bobcats but didn’t fare nearly as well. His two seasons didn’t lead to any playoff games.
|Last 10 Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats Head Coaches|
|11||2018 –||James Borrego||39-43||.476||X-X||–||–|
|10b ||2014-18||Steve Clifford||153-175||.466||3-4||.429||–|
|10a ||2013-14||Steve Clifford||43-39||.524||0-4||.000||–|
|9 ||2012-13||Mike Dunlap||21-61||.256||X-X||–||–|
|8 ||2008-10||Larry Brown||88-104||.458||0-4||.000||–|
|5a ||1999-02||Paul Silas||161-120||.573||11-12||.478||–|
James Borrego signed a four-year deal with the Hornets to be the 11th head coach for the franchise, replacing Steve Clifford.
Borrego started as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of San Diego, before heading to the NBA in 2003 as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs. He was also the assistant coach for the New Orleans Hornets and the Orlando Magic. With Orlando, he was given his first shot in the lead position as the interim head coach for 30 games (10-20; .333%).
For the past three seasons, James had returned to the Spurs. His position in Charlotte is his first as a full-time head coach. During his first campaign, Borrego’s Hornets finished 9th in the Eastern Conference, two games away from a spot in the playoffs.
Charlotte Hornets Last Five Seasons
|Season ||Coach||Finish||W-L||%||Playoffs||Points Leader (avg/game)|
|2018-19 ||James Borrego||2nd||39-43||.476||–||Kemba Walker (25.6)|
|2017-18||Steve Clifford||3rd||36-46||.439||–||Kemba Walker (22.1)|
|2016-17||Steve Clifford||4th||36-46||.439||–||Kemba Walker (23.2)|
|2015-16 ||Steve Clifford||3rd||48-34||.585||Lost First Round||Kemba Walker (20.9)|
|2014-15||Steve Clifford||4th||33-49||.402||–||Kemba Walker (17.3)|
Charlotte Hornets All-Time Career Leaders
|Points ||Kemba Walker||12,009||2011-2019|
|Average Pts/Game||Glen Rice||23.55||1995-1998|
Kemba Walker is a former member of the Charlotte Hornets and played in Charlotte for the first eight seasons of his NBA career. The point guard from the University of Connecticut was the Big East Tournament MVP and Consensus First-Team All-American in 2011 before his selection by the Bobcats in the first round of the ’11 NBA Draft.
During his collegiate career, Kemba received multiple honors, including the Bob Cousy and Lute Olson Awards, and was named the NCAA’s Final Four Most Outstanding Player. For the Hornets, not only has Walker been the leader in average points per game from 2015-2019, but he’s Charlotte’s all-time career leader in scoring and assists. Kemba is a three-time NBA All-Star in 2017, 2018, and 2019 and received the NBA Sportsmanship Award in 2017 and 2018.
Glen Rice was selected by the Miami Heat in the first round of the 1989 NBA draft. Rice was a small forward out of the University of Michigan where he’s still the Wolverines all-time leader in career points, single-season points, field goal attempts, and field goals made. Rice was traded to the Hornets in 1995 after seven seasons with the Heat. Glen is Charlotte’s career leader in average points per game with 23.55 from 1995-1999.
While on the Hornets roster, he was a three-time NBA All-Star from 1996-98 and named All-Star MVP for 1997. Rice was also the NBA Three-Point Shootout champion in 1995 and All-NBA Second Team in ’97. He went on to play for the Lakers, Knicks, and Rockets, and then retired with the Clippers after the 2003-04 season. His 15-year NBA career included 1,559 three-point field goals and an NBA championship with the Lakers.
Muggsy Bogues was a first-round draft pick by the Washington Bullets in 1987 after a brief time on the USBL’s Rhode Island Gulls roster. During his rookie year with the Bullets, the 5’3” Bogues and his teammate, 7’7” tall Manute Bol, were the tallest and shortest players in the NBA at the time. The 28” difference made them newsworthy, and they made the cover of three magazines.
In 1988, the Hornets picked him in the expansion draft, and Muggsy joined the Charlotte Hornets for nine seasons (1988-97). Bogues may be the shortest player in the history of the NBA, but he was the all-time franchise assists leader before Kemba Walker surpassed him.
He’s also the career leader in steals (1,067) and turnovers (1,118). Bogues was traded in 1997 to the Golden State Warriors but remains one of the most popular players in Hornets history.
Before being selected by the Charlotte Bobcats as the second overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft, Emeka Okafor played for the University of Connecticut. He was the Big East Player of the Year in 2004, twice-picked First-Team All-Big East, two-time NABC Defensive Player of the Year, and the 2004 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player.
The next year, Okafor impressed in the NBA as the NBA Rookie of the Year for 2005 as well as being named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. In addition to being the Hornets career leader in rebounds with 3,516, Emeka set franchise streaks for 93 consecutive games played and 92 started in 2008-2009. Heading into that season, Okafor signed a $72 million deal, the largest in the history of the Charlotte franchise.
Dating back to 1988, the Charlotte Hornets have been organized under two separate franchises, but the current Hornets were awarded all Charlotte-based team history dating back to their inaugural season.
Michael Jordan is the current owner of the Hornets but started as the second-largest shareholder under the second owner, Robert L. Johnson (BET founder).
The original Charlotte Hornets uniforms were designed by Alexander Julian and started a new trend in the NBA with their pinstriped design.
One of the most popular players in Hornets history is Muggsy Bogues, who holds the record of being the shortest NBA player in history at 5’3”.
Fans initially renamed the Hornets as the Charlotte Flight instead of Bobcats. But ownership thought it was too reminiscent of the current Iraq War aerial strikes and vetoed it.