Bobcats Gameday

Saturday Gameday: Charlotte Bobcats at New Orleans Pelicans

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.comNovember 1, 2013 

Bobcats at Pelicans

8 p.m., New Orleans Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

BobcatsPelicans
Po.PlayerPPGRPGPo.PlayerPPGRPG
GK. Walker12.02.0GJ. Holiday24.07.0
GG. Henderson11.02.0GE. Gordon25.03.0
FM. Kidd-Gilchrist7.08.0FA. Farouq-Aminu1.04.0
FJ. McRoberts15.04.0FA. Davis20.012.0
CTBDCJ. Smith8.02.0

Matchup to Watch

Anthony Davis vs. Josh McRoberts: Davis is the guy the Bobcats would have chosen had they picked No. 1 after that 7-59 season. Already an elite shot-blocker/rebounder, Davis’ offensive skills are expanding quickly.

Observations

• New addition Tyreke Evans gives the Pelicans depth and bench scoring at both small forward and point guard.

• Charlottean Anthony Morrow signed with New Orleans this off-season.

• The trade for point guard Jrue Holiday and shooting guard Eric Gordon’s return to health will eat into the development of former Duke star Austin Rivers.

• Owner Tom Benson’s decision to switch nicknames to Pelicans opened the way for the Bobcats to become the Hornets next season.

Tap-ins

• Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson is a great stretch-forward, the sort of long-range shooter the Bobcats need.

• Davis shot 56 percent from the field in the preseason.

• The Bobcats are 2-7 all-time in New Orleans.

Did you know?

Davis and Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchristwere the first college teammates (Kentucky) to go 1-2 in an NBA draft.

Rick Bonnell

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