Signing Al was a very short term move with a low ceiling, pretty much a 1 & done 7th/8th seed with Jefferson and Kemba here. Team will also pretty much have to be rebuilt in two seasons.
I'm buying every part of the post except this one.
I think it is premised on Big Al dropping off because of his age. But he isn't athletic at all and will be pretty much playing the same style of ball in 3-4 years that he is now.
The hornets ceiling is somewhere around the 4th seed. That's conditioned on either upgrading the point (management isn't going to do that) or finding a second scoring option, which seems feasible.
With plenty of cap space and a young core, the hornets are going to go as far as their PG play will allow.