The Charlotte Bobcats begin their preseason schedule this Sunday against the Washington Wizards.
Already, there’s some intrigue when these teams face each other.
Was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist the right pick at number two in the NBA draft? Or, should the ‘Cats have selected the sharpshooter Bradley Beal.
Both players will have the chance to make their case Sunday, and if I had to guess, Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap is probably going to match Kidd-Gilchrist up with Beal.
Another interesting battle to watch when these teams face off will be in the front court.
Can Tyrus Thomas finally unlock his potential and turn it into on-the-court success? Will Bismack Biyombo take a leap forward defensively, or will he have the same problems he did last year against shot-fakes and players who could take him out to the key. And, who exactly is Byron Mullens? Just a stretch-the-floor power forward who will come off the bench and score some points, or an important piece of Charlotte’s puzzle offensively and on the glass?
Washington’s front court will test all of those guys.
The Wizards will throw guys like Nene, Trevor Booker, and Jan Vesley at the Bobcats’ big men. All three of those guys posses skills that will challenge Thomas, Biyombo and Mullens.
If they’re up to the task, they can start the preseason off like they played in the Las Vegas Summer League, with a win.
If they aren’t, the game will end up like the vast majority of ‘Cats regular season games last season… not well for Charlotte fans.