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Even though it’s early in the season, it’s hard to deny there’s a different feel to this year’s Charlotte Hornets than teams in recent memory.

Mac and T-Bone, co-hosts of The Mac Attack on WFNZ, both agree there’s an excitement that Hornets fans may recall from the original days of the Hive with Larry Johnson and crew.

The guys went on to list a number of reasons they have both caught the Buzz fever so far this year:

Rounded attack.

In the Kemba Walker era, it felt like Kemba was stuck out there trying to do things by himself, but this team has a lot more weapons.

Gordon Hayward is playing like an All-Star candidate averaging 21.4 points-per-game, including a 44-point performance vs the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday

Terry Rozier has been a very reliable scorer in his second year with the team adding 20.3 per game. Plus, 3 other players are averaging double-digit in the PPG column.

 

Style of play

Specifically pace of play, the Hornets rank 3rd in league for fast break points.  That’s an exciting brand of basketball.

Plus, the team is playing well defensively, ranking 11th in overall defense and 3rd in steals.

 

LaMelo Ball

He could be the biggest reason to get excited about things to come for this franchise.

Ball became the youngest player in history to score a triple-double with his performance on Saturday where he had 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

That performance was the day after he came up only one assist short of the feat against his brother Lorenzo Ball and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Mac said, “We have a chance of having our first legit superstar maybe since Larry Johnson.”

 

These 3 reasons and more have Mac and T-Bone optimistic for the future of the Charlotte Hornets.

“Stars attract stars. LaMelo Ball and his style of play will eventually attract other free agents to play here”

 

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