Problem: How do the Charlotte Bobcats get their best two scoring options on the floor together if they play the same position?

Solution: Perhaps they don't always have to play the same position.

Gerald Henderson finished last season as the Bobcats' leading scorer at 15.1 points per game. Then in June the Bobcats traded for Ben Gordon, a career 16.5 ppg., scorer. Henderson and Gordon are both best suited to playing shooting guard at the NBA level.

But for significant stretches of Sunday's 100-88 exhibition victory over the Washington Wizards, new coach Mike Dunlap played "small ball'' with Henderson at small forward, rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at power forward and only one true big man (generally Byron Mullens or Bismack Biyombo) in the game.

The Wizards made that easier to do, since they were missing key big men Nene (plantar fasciitis) and Emeka Okafor (general soreness following training camp). But Dunlap liked what he saw, and plans to go small for at least portions of most games this season.

Certainly there are tradeoffs: You can be only so good a rebounding team with just one player taller than 6-7. But the scoring options when Henderson, Gordon and point guard Kemba Walker are all in the game, and the potential for takeaway defense and fast breaks, make the lineup intriguing.

"Better ballhandlers, more scorers, quicker ball-movement," Dunlap said of the advantages of small ball. "Obviously we give up some rebounding and some mismatches, but the strong side of it is we have those kind of players who can penetrate and make great decisions with the ball."