If Charlotte didn't have an NBA team I would not watch pro basketball.
The NBA is the only major sports league that has no parity. Who would have thought the Panthers would have made the Super Bowl a couple years ago, who had the Predators in the Stanley Cup Finals this year, did anyone project an Indians vs. Cubs matchup in the World Series last year? Probably not!
But at the beginning of the NBA season everyone predicted a Warriors/Cavs final. There is absolutely no parity.
Since 2010 (2009 for MLB)
NFL: 12 different teams have made the Super Bowl
NHL: 11 different teams have made the Stanley Cup Finals
MLB: 11 different teams have made the World Seeie
NBA: 8 different teams have made the NBA Finals
The NBA is the only major sports league where there is a greater than 50% chance that you will see at least one team in the finals that you've seen there in the last 7 years.
I particularly pull for the Hornets because of the pride I have for Charlotte and because I like the game of basketball. But it does suck knowing before the season even starts that we don't have a shot a championship.
So as of right now the roster looks like...
PG: Kemb, ???, Weber
SG: Batum, Monk, Graham
SF: MKG, Lamb, Bacon
PF: Marv, Tank, O'Bryant
C: Howard, Zeller, ???
The MLE is projected to be around 8 million and the bi annual exception is projected to be around 3.
The point guard market is pretty horrible but I am a big fan of Patty Mills and as bad as the point guard market is, the center market is much, much worse. I wouldn't be surprised if the Hornets added Mathiang are Karnowski as depth for the center position.