Head coach James Borrego deserves a lot of credit
Six games into the 2019-2020 season, the Hornets sit at 3-3 and inside the top eight in the Eastern Conference. A simple glance at Charlotte’s .500 record wouldn’t indicate anything spectacular, however, James Borrego has been exactly that thus far. With a roster lacking a single star, or even an All-Star-caliber player, the Hornets have put up a fight in each game, and resemble nothing of a “tanking” team.
Prior to the season, Borrego made it clear that his top priority this season was going to be growing and developing the organization’s young players. Whether in Charlotte or with the Greensboro Swarm, Borrego insisted that the youngsters would receive valuable on-court experience. The Hornets have already reaped benefits of the 25-and-under club, with five of those players averaging more than 10.0 points per game.
Young guards Devonte’ Graham and Dwayne Bacon, who weren’t even close to being considered elite prospects, have found unanticipated amounts of success under the second-year head coach. PJ Washington, an early Rookie of the Year candidate, has thrived in Borrego’s system, despite being commonly overlooked during the draft process. Perhaps most important to Charlotte’s early success has been the fact that everyone is “bought in” to what Borrego wants to accomplish.
Simply by watching them play, it’s easy to tell that the Hornets play hard and that their head coach gets the best out of them. There’s a lot of season still to go, but the job James Borrego is doing is already standing out.