How the Charlotte Hornets find themselves top of the Eastern Conference

Published 19.14 pm 10/11/ 2016

Seven games into the new NBA season and we are starting to see blueprints unfolding. In the west, the L.A. Clippers are looking very, very strong, the Golden State Warriors are picturing the signs of being the’ super team’ we all expect them to be and the New Orleans Pelicans are bad- very bad.

In the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers are now going the team to beat, the Atlanta Hawks are their customary prototype of coherence and the Philadelphia 76 ers search placed for another lottery picking in the 2017 enlist. But one anomaly stays out when you look at the early tolerates; the Charlotte Hornets sit atop of the conference with a 6-1 record.

Yes, that’s the same Hornets who lost Al Jefferson and Jeremy Lin in the summer and were tipped to be around the 39 acquires mark arrive the end of the season.

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So how have the Hornets managed to lead the east meeting in the early weeks? Well, often of it is down to their resists. Their one loss went to the Boston Celtics, who have themselves been one of “the worlds largest” underwhelming squads in the opening exchanges, but their victories have come against a number of the league’s strugglers.

Milwaukee, Miami, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Indiana and Utah have amassed a collective enter of 18-27, but the Hornets is simply thumped what is in front of them and have certainly grew the level expectation.


Their upcoming flee of fixtures; visits to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks sandwiched between dwelling encounters with the Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks has certainly test their ability to compete with the stronger squads in the NBA.

But, given their start with a supposedly weaker listing, it’s only fair to be acknowledged that it has been done. Losing Jefferson, who put up 12 stations and 6.4 comebacks per competition, and Lin- 11.7 stations a night off the bench- has been a jolt, but a few members of their listing have stepped up to the plate.


Kemba Walker, at 23.9 stations, is averaging three more per competition than last-place season and has made on a more prominent persona in the offence with his usage rating rising by 3.8% to 30.5%. There have also been helpful tallying contributions from a number of role players.

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Nicolas Batum’s outlay has descended somewhat- from 14.9 to 12.7- but Cody Zeller is lowering nearly three more points a night, Frank Kaminsky is up from 7.5 to 11.4 and Spencer Hawes has rushed from 6 to 9.3. So, in truth, it’s pretty simple; a combination of an easy-going start and improved tallying from a number of actors has sidled the Hornets into early meeting supremacy.


Their prolonged success residues on the shoulders of Walker, but filming a career-high field goal percentage and dishing out over five assistances per competition, he seems be prepared to take on the responsibility.


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