June 21, 2018, 11:27 amCody ZellerC/F, Charlotte Hornets
Dwight Howard typically draws attention and demands the ball, so his departure from the Hornets could mean big things for a number of people, namely Cody Zeller.
Zeller could start, James Borrego might get to be more creative with the coaching style and Nicolas Batum should have the ball in his hands more. The Hornets are clearly starting a rebuild as they fired Steve Clifford and traded Howard before the offseason really got going. Batum had taken criticism for last season as he had a down year, but that can be pinned on the fact that once Howard or Kemba got the ball a shot was usually being put up. Zeller will get another opportunity to start like he did prior to the Hornets getting Howard. Borrego will have almost no pressure on him as the Hornets are expected to be bad being that they are in rebuild mode. Overall, the Howard trade might have a positive impact on the Hornets team chemistry and culture.
Source: Charlotte Observer