Coming off a 7-59 season, the Bobcats, under new coach Mike Dunlap, are 7-7 despite one of their leading players, Episcopal Academy graduate Gerald Henderson, being out with a sprained left foot. He has played only two games.
"The team has been great about absorbing his loss, but when we get him back I think it will help us with those closer games, which we have had plenty," Dunlap said in an e-mail.
Expanding on that point, 10 of Charlotte's 15 games have been decided by eight points or fewer.
The Bobcats are a guard-oriented team. Their three leading scorers are guards Kemba Walker (average of 16.5 points per game), Ramon Sessions (16.5), and Ben Gordon (13.5).
"Ben Gordon is an added scorer who had seven threes [Wednesday in a 94-91 loss] against Atlanta," said Collins, whose team visits Chicago on Saturday in this two-game road trip. "I always liked Sessions as a very good pick-and-roll player, and Kemba Walker is a high-energy guy."
Dunlap has brought a defensive mentality to the team.
Somerdale's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the overall No. 2 draft pick from the University of Kentucky, has fit in well in Charlotte's frontcourt. He is averaging 11 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.43 blocked shots in 27.2 minutes. Kidd-Gilchrist has lived up to his reputation as a defensive presence.
When asked about the most impressive part of Kidd-Gilchrist's game, Dunlap had high praise, citing three attributes.
"He is all about team. Two is he's a vicious competitor. And three, he gets better every time out," Dunlap said.
Winners of two in a row, the Sixers aren't going to take the Bobcats for granted.
"Charlotte is a tough team and beat some good teams and has been playing great basketball," said Sixers forward Thaddeus Young, who is averaging 14 points and 7.8 rebounds.
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