NBA Depth Chart Projections for All 30 Teams Going into 2014-15 Season - PG: Kemba Walker, Brian Roberts, Gary Neal, Jannero Pargo, Justin Cobbs
SG: Lance Stephenson, P.J. Hairston
SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Gerald Henderson, Jeff Taylor*
PF: Marvin Williams, Jason Maxiell, Noah Vonleh
C: Al Jefferson, Cody Zeller, Bismack Biyombo, Brian Qvale
Key Additions: P.J. Hairston, Brian Roberts, Lance Stephenson, Noah Vonleh, Marvin Williams
Stephenson and Williams have been slotted as starters in Charlotte from the get-go. Stephenson, though, recently joined Vonleh, Walker and Henderson on the training table with a groin strain, per The Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell. Those injuries have afforded more opportunities for Hairston and Roberts to peddle their respective wares. Roberts chipped in 10 points (and no assists) as a starter against the Detroit Pistons, while Hairston has come out firing from three-point range (7-of-16). Those two could turn out to be valuable contributors off the Hornets' surprisingly versatile bench.
Position to Watch: Small forward
Kidd-Gilchrist might've had some competition on the wing if not for Henderson's hamstring strain. Even so, MKG has some work to do before he can comfortably settle in as Charlotte's starter at small forward. He averaged right around nine points and seven rebounds through his first four games—solid production, to be sure, but still far from what the Hornets would otherwise want out of the former No. 2 overall pick.
Then again, if Kidd-Gilchrist can continue to be a lockdown defender on the perimeter and flash his improved jumper from time to time, he just might cement his status as a solid-enough contributor to the Hornets' cause to fend off Henderson under most any circumstances.