Anthony Davis grabbed a rebound in the second quarter of his second NBA exhibition game Tuesday night and started a fast break. The lithe 6-foot-10 rookie deftly dribbled up court, displaying the guard skills he honed as a 6-1 high school point guard. The sparse crowd at New Orleans Arena rose to its feet, as Davis weaved through traffic, cut into the lane and fired a beautiful no-look pass to Al-Farouq Aminu.

Alas, Amino appeared as spellbound as everyone else by the rare display of athleticism and skill. The ball ricocheted off his hands out of bounds.

Instead of a "SportsCenter" moment it was turnover No. 3.

This is how it's going to be for the New Orleans Hornets this season - at least early on. There will be moments of jaw-dropping excitement. And there will be instances of head-scratching inconsistency. Sometimes they will occur on consecutive series. That's what happens when you have a roster with 11 new faces, five of them being players born in the 1990s.

If you were one of the 9,284 in the crowd Tuesday night you saw plenty of each. But the good outweighed the bad in a 97-82 victory against Charlotte that had owner Tom Benson smiling throughout from his midcourt seat.