Tom Sorensen

When the Hornets share the basketball, they’re really something

When the Charlotte Hornets and guard Kemba Walker (15) share the ball, they have a chance to be special.
When the Charlotte Hornets and guard Kemba Walker (15) share the ball, they have a chance to be special. AP

The NBA features 12 statistical team categories. The Charlotte Hornets make the top five in only one – assists per game. They are fifth.

You’ve watched them. The Hornets play selflessly. Yes, Kemba Walker takes a lot of big shots, but who would you rather have take the shot that wins or loses the game? In Charlotte’s 104-85 victory at Memphis Monday, Spencer Hawes led the Hornets with six assists. When a 7-1 reserve center uses his height to find and create passing lanes, teammates benefit.

The Grizzlies came into the game with seven victories in their previous eight games. They were, however, without Zach Randolph. But even without Randolph, if you beat Memphis in Memphis you did something. The Hornets did, and are.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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