Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets depth chart for 2021-22 NBA season

Although they didn't land any stars in free agency, the Charlotte Hornets quietly had a solid offseason by adding a number of key players to their roster.

They acquired four players in the 2021 NBA Draft, a couple of veterans in free agency and added a couple more via trade. How do all the moves impact the team's depth chart for the 2021-22 season?

The Hornets begin their 2021-22 season at home against the Indiana Pacers on Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Depth chart

Charlotte Hornets depth chart (2021-22)
Starters Second Third Fourth Fifth
PG LaMelo Ball Ish Smith DJ Carton
SG Terry Rozier James Bouknight Scottie Lewis Xavier Sneed
SF Gordon Hayward Kelly Oubre Jr. Cody Martin Wes Iwundu
PF Miles Bridges P.J. Washington Jalen McDaniels Arnoldas Kulboka JT Thor
C Mason Plumlee Kai Jones Nick Richards Vernon Carey Jr.

Expected depth chart as per training camp roster

Key additions and subtractions

In the 2021 NBA Draft, the Hornets added James Bouknight (No. 11), Kai Jones (No. 19), JT Thor (No. 37) and Scottie Lewis (No. 56).

In free agency, the franchise added backup point guard Ish Smith and 25-year-old wing Kelly Oubre Jr. while losing Cody Zeller and Malik Monk.

The Hornets were also active trade partners over the summer, landing Mason Plumlee and Wes Iwundu while sending Devonte' Graham to the New Orleans Pelicans in a sign-and-trade deal.

Positional battles

For the Hornets, their starting lineup sort of picks itself with LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, Miles Bridges and Mason Plumlee.

The backup guards also pick themselves with the team's No. 11 pick from the 2021 NBA Draft, James Bouknight, partnering with veteran Ish Smith behind Ball and Rozier. Kai Jones, the team's No. 19 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, should get minutes behind Plumlee.

The real logjam surrounds the wings off the bench, as P.J. Washington, Jalen McDaniels, Cody Martin and Kelly Oubre Jr. will be competing for minutes.

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