In light of the Hornets' nationally-televised game against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight, their most recent win against the Dallas Mavericks and this post I wrote after the Knicks game, I wanted to delve deeper into the whole notion that the Hornets are somehow underacheiving this year.
First and foremost: I think the Hornets are a very good team that, depending on the night, has the potential to be great or just mediocre. Mostly, though, this years' Hornets are just very inconsistent; it's a team that can beat the likes of Cleveland, the Lakers and San Antonio, but also manage to lose to teams like Sacramento, Charlotte and New York. What's more, the Hornets have shown no sign as to whether they're getting better or worse. (Note that the recent loss to the Knicks came just days after the Hornets supposedly got over the hump and beat the Lakers). No, the Hornets are not an elite NBA team (at least not yet), but they certainly aren't bad, or even middle of the pack.
But the real question remains: Are the Hornets better than they were last season? Short answer: no. Longer answer: They aren't doing as well as last year in many statistical categories, but overall, this team is still in a position to make a second-half run and best their accomplishments from last year. But, as of right now, this team is just slightly worse than they were last year.
Oh there's more.
Before moving on, let's just look at the numbers: