we aren't going to be the top defense in the league
There's quite a wide range of possibilities from horrendous to best in the league that still include the Hornets being contenders.
Plus, I wouldn't count out Anthony Davis just yet. He hasn't been ready to be the anchor, but he will get there. When he does, he will cover up many deficiencies
We still need a 3 who can create his own shot.
Depends on how you see that player's role IMO. If you want him to start, that makes little sense to me. If you see him as a bench scorer/creator to help Rivers, then I am with you.
Defensively, we need a backup center and PG.
I see them moving Lopez or Smith this summer and getting a dirty work type big.