Dennis Velasco: Ben, thanks for agreeing to do this. Currently the Charlotte Bobcats are better than the Brooklyn Nets. Yes, I said it, and I honestly feel dirty having done so. Is this real life? Okay, so it's still early in the season, but with a 5-6 record, the Bobcats are better than the Nets' sad and very disappointing 3-7 mark. Charlotte is sitting square in the middle of the Southeast division with solid wins over the NBA Playoffs also-rans Cleveland Cavaliers (twice) and Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks (another NYC area team underperforming) and Boston Celtics on the road. Are you surprised by the team's current record or would you have expected numbers like this?
What are your thoughts on the above and what are three to five other things that Nets fans should know about the Bobcats?
Ben Swanson: I'm definitely a bit surprised, though I'm well aware of the danger of trusting a small sample from the beginning of the season after last year's 7-5 start. So my expectations for the rest of the season are a bit tempered from this start. Still, with ballyhooed free agent signing Al Jefferson missing all but three games and coming up with a 4-4 record without him, I've been impressed. The team's defense has led the way though their offense still has definite stagnant periods that haunts them late in games when they have a deficit within grasp, but they let it get away. They're not out of the woods and still have some lingering problems they had last season, but Charlotte has made progress so far.
Okay, so let's put on our Hat of Prognostication. What needs to go right for the Bobcats to beat the Nets and give us a final score!