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Five bold predictions for the 2017-18 season

CHARLOTTE, NC- JUNE 26: Rich Cho and Steve Clifford introduce Dwight Howard #12 of the Charlotte Hornets to the media during a press conference at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 26, 2017. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

Each NBA season is filled with unexpected twists and turns. What kind of surprises will be in store for the Charlotte Hornets this year?

Missing out on the playoffs last season was a bit of a shock for the Charlotte Hornets. Entering the 2017-18 campaign, their goal is to rebound and get back to the postseason. Like every year, a couple of unforeseen things are bound to take place.

What will the story be this year for Charlotte? Injuries? A career worst and/or best season? Hornets’ history being made? Just about anything can happen. Here are five bold predictions for the 2017-18 season:

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1. Dwight Howard will be an All-Star

Although the Hornets’ new big man hasn’t been named to an All-Star team since 2013-14, he has the chance to do so now that he’s reunited with Steve Clifford. If anyone can get the most out of Howard, it is a coach that knows how to use him best and a team that needs his expertise.

Dwight is an eight-time all-star which is more than the rest of the team combined (Kemba Walker – 1x). During his 13 year career, he’s been named to an all-star team in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference eight times. That means 61.5% of the time, he’s been an all-star.

Although the odds are in his favor, it is still a longshot for the 6’11 center as he hasn’t made it to the all-star game in three years and he is up against some stiff competition in the East. A change to the voting process has also made it harder for centers to make it as not one was named to the East team last season.

Howard will have to at least average close to 20 points per game and probably be in the top-five in rebounding if he even wants a shot at making it as a reserve. Maybe he can join Kemba Walker and give Charlotte a duo of all-stars.

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