One of the main headlines of this exciting start to the 2012-13 NBA season is the emergence of the Charlotte Bobcats as a difficult challenge for opposing squads, which obviously bodes well for the franchise considering they're in the middle of a massive rebuilding movement.
While it's too early to declare this organization a favorite for a playoff spot, let alone a contender in the improving Eastern Conference, it is fair to say that this team has come a long way from their historically awful campaign just last year.
The crazy part is that the team didn't make many significant moves in the offseason. Other than drafting Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second overall pick in this year's draft, acquiring Ramon Sessions via free agency and trading Corey Maggette to the Detroit Pistons for Ben Gordon, this roster is essentially composed of the same players that struggled so mightily in their last season together.
So, how did this team, who have won seven of their first 13 games, already match last season's entire win total.
Granted, the lockout did shorten the 2012-2013 season substantially, but the improvement is obvious regardless.