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The Charlotte Hornets are greatly improved this season

Charlotte has a new coach and they look poised to compete in a weak Eastern Conference.
Every year Hornets fans say the same thing. "This is the year." I'm guilty of it. I thought last season after drafting Malik Monk, and trading for future Hall-of-Famer Dwight Howard was the year they'd break through. They finished 36-49 and in 10th place in the East. Most years it's the same. When the Hornets signed Lance Stephenson to bolster their playoff chances, they finished 33-49. In 2016, when they signed Nicolas Batum for the max and traded for Marco Belinelli, they finished 36-46. Fast forward to this season. Charlotte fired head coach Steve Clifford. They fired GM Rich Cho. They traded Dwight Howard away. They let Michael-Carter Williams walk away. Clifford was replaced with Spurs assistant coach James Borrego. Ten-time NBA champion Mitch Kupchak replaced Rich Cho. Charlotte signed veteran Tony Parker and traded for former Hornet Bismack Biyombo. They drafted Miles Bridges and Devontae Graham. Hornets fans started to feel the annual optimism. But here's why this year is...
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