The Charlotte Hornets are finding out that rebuilding in the NBA is humbling.
Despite their highest winning percentage since 2015-16, the Hornets are sitting at home before the playoffs begin for a second consecutive season, which resulted in a coaching change. James Borrego was let go and he was set to be replaced by former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, but after the Finals Atkinson chose to remain on Steve Kerr's staff with the Golden State Warriors. Now the Hornets will have to start the offseason by restarting their coaching search.
The failure to reach the playoffs would seem to indicate a roster stuck in neutral.
However, that is far from true.
So how does Charlotte take the next step forward this offseason?