The Charlotte Bobcats started the preseason off with a solid win against the Washington Wizards.
They followed that performance up with two straight losses to the New Orleans Hornets.
We know the ‘Cats are a work in progress, but what else have the first three games of the NBA preseason shown us about them?
For one, they’re a little better defensively.
Sure, Bismack Biyombo still loves to jump at pump fakes, Kemba Walker doesn’t always keep his man in front, and, as a whole, the Bobcats just don’t match up well with professional basketball teams. Still, they’ve held their first three preseason opponents to less than 100 points. If they can hold opponents to less than 100 points, the Bobcats will stay in most of their games this year.
Also, Ben Gordon will give the Bobcats a consistent scoring threat off the bench. He’s averaging over 15 points per game this preseason, and he hasn’t even had to play 30 minutes in a game to do that. For a team that really didn’t have someone that could keep them in games offensively last year, the Bobcats will love having Gordon to throw out there.
Finally, the Bobcats will shoot a bunch of free-throws this season. In their last game against the Hornets, Charlotte shot 33 freebies and made 22 of them. In their first game against the Wizards, they shot 46 and made 31.
They’re really taking to heart Mike Dunlaps philosophy that three-pointer and getting to the rim will serve a team better than shooting a bunch of mid-range jumpers.
Whether that philosophy, or any of these early trends will turn into wins is a toss-up.