6-0 Start: Fluke Or For Real?

November 8th, 2010 by Taylor Williams Leave a reply »
Six games into its season, New Orleans is just one of two teams (Atlanta Hawks) to remain unbeaten.  A perfect start for the Hornets (6-0) is surprising regardless of how it happened, but the manner in which they’ve won games is even more impressive.  Are they for real? 

Here’s a look at the primary takeaways from the team’s franchise record-setting start.

First and foremost, the Hornets looked polished on defense, both individually and collectively—something head coach Monty Williams has preached since day one.  Despite ranking in the middle of the league in blocks, steals, and rebounding, the Hornets are third in total defense with 91.5 points allowed per game.  They’ve alternated well between man-to-man and zone, have catered to their athleticism by winning turnover battles, and have a competent superstar-guarder in Trevor Ariza.

As for the offense, it looks balanced and diverse in its attacking schemes.  Ariza, though an inconsistent perimeter shooter thus far, is an athlete who runs the floor with Chris Paul and finishes off his point guard’s passes.  Marco Belinelli ...

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