Things are going great in Buzz City. The Charlotte Hornets are the hottest team in the NBA, and it seems that they won't be able to fly under the radar much longer. Many around the Association are now taking notice to what the Hornets have been doing since the All-Star break, and the team is getting more recognition because of it.
Since February 1st, the Hornets are 3rd in points per possession, 4th in points allowed per possession.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) March 14, 2016
2nd in net points per possession.
Yahoo! Sports' Ball Don't Lie listed Charlotte third in their weekly power rankings on Monday, saying that Rich Cho and Steve Clifford have earned multiple votes for Executive and Coach of the Year respectively, and shining light upon Kemba Walker's play this season.
Walker's one of just six players this season averaging better than 21 points, five assists, four rebounds and one steal per game; the other five (Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Kyle Lowry, James Harden) will likely dominate the MVP leaderboard and All-NBA rosters. He's been even better since the All-Star break, averaging 25.3 points, 6.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 49.5 percent from the floor and 43.3 percent from deep on a decidedly unbashful 7.5 triple tries per contest.
The face of the charge has been none other than Walker, and rightfully so. He earned not one, but two mentions in NBA.com's Top Performances of the Week. Real G.M. took an extend look at Walker's newfound space and how it has helped his game, which is worth anyone's time.
You know how you know you've made it? When the NBA makes a YouTube highlight reel of your play this season, which is exactly what the NBA posted Monday about Walker.
But, as we all know, it is not all about one player. Jack Flagler of the Gaston Gazette talked about the 'four-out' offense the team has adopted this season and how it has helped them overcome numerous injuries and put Charlotte in the position they find themselves currently in. If you are looking for more detailed Hornets breakdowns, check out our own Reinis Lacis' breakdown of Charlotte's new go-to out-of-bounds plays now that Short has been figured out.
The playoffs are right around the corner, and it has been quite some time Charlotte had any kind of success in the postseason. But Clifford believes that this team has a chance to change that, not because of their skill, but because of their smarts, as Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer wrote.
Finally, today is Larry Johnson's birthday, and we would be remiss if we did not do something to acknowledge one of the best players in Charlotte Hornets history. Happy birthday, Grandmama!