Great topic. My feelings are to become a very good team first you need to tank. Its almost impossible to go from a mediocre team to an elite team. Kind of what's held back the Knicks always. They have extremely high tickets and need to make it look like they're competing rater than tank a year or 2. So in essence its easier to go from an awful team to a great team rather than a good team to a great team.
Most importantly its all about building through the draft, which helps by having high picks
and by getting lucky. Look at okc they drafted Durant, westbrook, harden, and ibaka all within a 4 year window. Another reason to build through the draft is if you land a stud that other people want to play with, That player is still on his cheap rookie deal which allows you to get high priced, and hopefully high talent guys around him. Kind of like the bulls last year Rose was only making 4 million a year and they had the cap room to sign 2 Max players. Unfortunately for them they were only able to get the overpriced Boozer.
So I feel like the hornets gave a great shot at becoming a great team with some luck. Gordon is a borderline allstar, we have 20 million in cap room which we hopefully invest smartly and 2 top 10 picks which could luckily land us one of those elite players. Not to mention we have cheap players with potential in Aminu, Henry, and Vasquez. Also in 2 years we have an other 20 million coming off the cap with okafor,ariza, and Jack when hopefully our 2 high end players we draft this year gave developed and an all star wants to come play with them. Could all be very exciting with some luck and smart investing.