CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 20: Kemba Walker #15 of the Charlotte Hornets brings the ball up against the Atlanta Hawks during their game at Spectrum Center on October 20, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. 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. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

While the Charlotte Hornets found a player to build around in point guard LaMelo Ball and made significant strides this season, coach James Borrego knows there’s plenty of work to do before his team is ready to compete with the NBA’s elite.

The Hornets lost their final six games, including a 144-117 thrashing at the hands of the Indiana Pacers in the play-in tournament.

Borrego says the team needs to use the disappointing finish as motivation to take the next step next season.

The coach says the late season struggles serve as a “necessary step” for the Hornets.