Top Home Games of 2013-14: No. 18 vs. CHA
Saturday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.
Other 2013-14 games between these two teams
Friday, Feb. 21, New Orleans at Charlotte
Why it’s on the list
In June 2012, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made NBA and NCAA history by becoming the first college teammates to be selected 1-2 in the NBA draft. Davis went on to win an Olympic gold medal in London later that summer, then finished as a runner-up in the 2012-13 Rookie of the Year vote (behind Portland’s Damian Lillard). Davis went 2-0 against Kidd-Gilchrist’s club as a rookie, averaging 15.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks. In just his third game as a pro, he had 23 points, 11 rebounds and five rejections. In fact, two of the first four games New Orleans won last season with Davis in action came against Charlotte.
While the Pelicans have chosen to build their roster through a combination of the draft, trades and free agency, the Bobcats have heavily relied upon the draft. Over the past four years alone, Charlotte has added lottery picks Cody Zeller (2013), Kidd-Gilchrist (2012), Kemba Walker (2011), Bismack Biyombo (2011) and Gerald Henderson (2009).
The Nov. 2 matchup in the Crescent City is also the final time Charlotte will visit New Orleans as the “Bobcats.” In 2014-15, Charlotte’s NBA franchise will reclaim the nickname “Hornets.”
What’s new in Charlotte
The Bobcats have only made two headline-generating player additions this summer, but both could have a momentous impact on the club’s front court. Charlotte chose Indiana product Zeller with the fourth pick in the draft, two spots before New Orleans officially selected Nerlens Noel at No. 6. In July, the Bobcats signed low-post force Al Jefferson to a three-year contract, giving their offense a much-needed focal point. Charlotte also made an offseason change of low-profile head coaches, with Steve Clifford taking over for Mike Dunlap.