With a light sampling of the revamped 2020-21 Charlotte Hornets, what should fans watch for in the coming season?
NBA preseason games are a perfect setup for overreactions, especially for the Charlotte Hornets. After months of only cherry-picked promotional scrimmages, shooting mixtapes, and Snapchats from the weight room to fill the void of NBA games, our frame of reference for what good basketball looks like takes some time to recover.
As fans, we tend to take every good performance by a young player in a preseason game as a true leap in the offseason.
Most bad games we either dismiss as being inconsequential on one end or take as confirmation of our lingering suspicions about who is and isn’t a bum on the other with little in between.
I’ll stay one step ahead of you and qualify every bit of information drawn from the tiny sample size and lax environment of preseason games as deserving a big fat asterisk—maybe as large as the player’s name.
But overreacting to the preseason is an NBA tradition that I won’t ignore. Let’s address some of the good and bad we’ve seen from the Hornets’ returning core through 4 preseason games.