This projection casts a dark cloud over the Charlotte Hornets

Can the Hornets exceed their damaged expectations? Mark D. Smith USA Today

The Charlotte Hornets are looking to make the playoffs this season, and they have a bunch of new faces onboard to help. But Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's devastating shoulder injury really lowers their expectations.

According to FiveThirtyEight, the Hornets probably won't make the postseason, and it's all because of MKG:

Even with Nicolas Batum, Jeremy Lin and Frank Kaminzky in the rotation (and Lance Stephenson nowhere to be found), the loss of Kidd-Gilchrist is devastating. It'll be interesting to see if head coach Steve Clifford can figure out a way to replace his most important player's production.