TEAM PREVIEW: CHARLOTTE BOBCATS
2011-2012 Record: 7-59
Head Coach: Mike Dunlap
Key Additions: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Jeffery Taylor, Ben Gordon, Brendan Haywood, Ramon Sessions
Key Losses: DJ Augustin, Corey Maggette, Jamario Moon, Eduardo Najera
Projected Two Deeps:
PG- Ramon Sessions / Kemba Walker
SG- Gerald Henderson / Ben Gordon
SF- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist / Reggie Williams
PF- Bismack Biyombo / Tyrus Thomas
C- Byron Mullens / Brendan Haywood
Gerald Henderson (15.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 46% FG)
Ben Gordon (14.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 34% 3PT)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (13.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.2 spg, 43% FG)
Kemba Walker (12.4 ppg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg, 39% FG)
Byron Mullen (11.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.8 bpg, 47% FG)
Ramon Sessions (10.4 ppg, 5.9 apg, 3.1 rpg, 44% FG)
Reggie Williams (8.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.5 apg, 35% 3PT)
Tyrus Thomas (6.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.5 bpg, 35% FG)
Bismack Biyombo (5.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.6 bpg, 52% FG)
Jeffrey Taylor (5.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.6 spg, 37% FG)
Brendan Haywood (4.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.7 bpg, 49% FG)
Matt Caroll (1.5 ppg, 0.2 rpg, 32% FG, 17% 3PT)
DeSagana Diop (0.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.4 bpg, 33% FG)
Bobcats' Strengths: Youth, Bench Shooting, Guard Athleticism, Guard Depth, Shot-Blocking
Bobcats' Waknesses: Overall Post Production, Foward Scoring, Guard Defense, Lack of Veteran Experience, Overall Talent, Go-To Scorer, Coaching
Roundup: Charlotte got better this off-season, but not much better. This team has a lot of holes and a lot of wasted roster spots but let's focus on the positives first. Charlotte did the right thing in the draft by taking the best available player in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. They surprised many by adding a very similar player in the 2nd round by snatching athletic wing Jeffrey Taylor however. They brought in Ramon Sessions to fill the role left by DJ Augustin and they added the talented but inconsistent 6th man Ben Gordon in a trade with Detroit. Although they were able to dump problematic Corey Maggette, they still have two extremely inept players in DeSagana Diop and Matt Carroll that are eating more than $10 million in salary this season. They also have the ultimate headache still around in Tyrus Thomas. I'm very interested to see how new head coach Mike Dunlap will perform with such a young and mentally-defeated group of guys.The Bobcats have a potentially dangerous young core in a couple years with guards Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson, wings Kidd-Gilchrist and Taylor plus frontcourt players Mullens and Biyombo. Although this team will be bad again, I can see an improvement, and I think in 3 years they'll have sufficiently removed themselves from the NBA gutter.
Projected Record: 16-66 (15th in East)
I think Kemba will have a breakout season. He might not be efficient but I see him averaging around 15ish per game, maybe a few points more. Someone has to carry the team and I don't see Henderson leading them in scoring again.
Props for them shipping Maggette for Gordon. Pistons fans have to be confused on how Michael Jordan could ever get the best of Deroit in a trade.
I don't see how the bobcats got the better of the trade. It was even. The pick is loterry protected and the pistons have a good young core and will also have cap room in the future so they can add a free agent. They finished the year 21-21. If the young core develops more this year they can sneak into the playoffs. Orlando will be out and depending on what ATL does with josh smith, they maybe out
can we really call those key losses? i mean the bobcats are definitely not any worse by losing najera , moon or the other other 2.
Maggette and Augustin were starters last year...those are key losses, despite you not thinking so.
I think their roster is looking a lot better than it did last year. That being said, they will still be a bottom feeder in the East.
Walker wont even start, can't see him averaging more points than last year when he started 25 games