In their last two games, the Charlotte Hornets have shown the NBA world how to defeat the Brooklyn Nets (with both KD and Kyrie in play) and how to entirely dismantle Luka and the Dallas Mavericks, which they did last night, 118-99.
The team took two significant steps forward this offseason, acquiring Gordon Hayward from the Celtics and drafting LaMelo Ball with their third pick. Hayward seems more at home with the Hornets, compared to Boston, who’s fitting in flawlessly with the team averaging nearly 20 points a game. Most of these surprisingly come from inside the paint.
With their young blood, there are some growing pains with LaMelo, but this youngster showed his potential against the Mavericks, scoring 22 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Rumors are buzzing around town that the Hornets might make a play at LaMarcus Aldridge from the San Antonio Spurs. I kept reading that the team was imbalanced and was in desperate need of an impact big man. But I’m afraid I have to disagree with that opinion, as the team’s got two solid bigs with Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo.
If you’re looking for a team to watch right now, I suggest this one. The Hornets are tough, resilient, and have an evenly spread out roster. They capitalize on teams that sleep on them, and so far, it’s working. Their next game is against the Grizzlies tomorrow, and a back-to-back match up against the 76ers starting Saturday.
Catch you Monday.