Opening Night – Chicago Bulls
Opening night of the season finds the Hornets hosting the Chicago Bulls, a team that won just 22 games last season. The Bulls made overhauls to their roster after they finished 27th in points per game and had 22 players see action during the regular season.
The Bulls brought back star guard Zach LaVine but added several playmakers through the draft and free agency. It started with the drafting of former North Carolina guard Coby White with the 7th overall pick.
The Bulls then pulled off a trade with the Wizards for guard Tomáš Satoranský, who shot 39% from downtown last year as a starter for the Wizards.
The biggest move of the offseason was the signing of Thaddeus Young to a three-year deal and he will bring immediate scoring and stabilization to the frontcourt.
So while the Hornets got worse this offseason, the Bulls seem to have gotten better. Still, at home and after an offseason of ridicule, I think the Hornets come out strong and looking to make a statement on Opening Night.
Rozier scored 22 and adds seven assists in his Hornets debut, although he achieves the numbers on volume shooting, not efficiency.
The Hornets will struggle with Young and Lauri Maarkaanen, who combine for 46 points and each reach double-double status.
Charlotte ultimately will win this game by pulling away in the final seconds, sneaking away with a low-scoring victory.