Ten thoughts on the Charlotte Hornets, who have started 0-2 and play their home opener Sunday:
1. Despite the two losses, the Hornets are more fun to watch. Last year’s team never could have made that three-point-driven, fourth-quarter comeback against Atlanta Friday night.
2. Although he wants to and occasionally does play the “beautiful game,” Nicolas Batum also sure commits some ugly turnovers. He had seven Friday night as the Hornets played as sloppily with the ball as I can remember (20 turnovers as a team).
3. Jeremy Lin was undeniably the biggest offseason bargain that the Hornets found, and he really should be starting over P.J. Hairston (or else Jeremy Lamb should). At least Lin is playing the fourth quarter instead of Hairston when the game is on the line. With that said, Lin also made several nasty turnovers Friday night.
4. Marvin Williams looks more active, especially under the boards, than he did at any time last season.
5. Kemba Walker is playing very well, but that three-pointer still isn’t going in.
6. Where art thou, Tyler Hansbrough?
7. Until Cody Zeller actually makes a couple of three-pointers under pressure – he worked on that for much of the summer – no other NBA team is going to respect that shot.
8. I think it’s only a matter of time before Frank Kaminsky gets more minutes.
9. Al Jefferson undoubtedly gets up and down the court faster than he did last season after losing 25 pounds, but it doesn’t look to me like NBA teams are double-teaming him as often.
10. When he’s at his best, Spencer Hawes reminds me of Josh McRoberts. When he’s at his worst, he reminds me of Byron Mullens.