The Bobcats have been good defenders and rebounders all year. But their offense was simply awful.
Now, however, the Raja Bell-for-Stephen Jackson trade has transformed this team. In recent games they blew away Indiana and Toronto. Last night they pulled out to a big lead against Cleveland and held on for the win. Gerald Wallace statistically defeated King James.
With Stephen Jackson, Gerald Wallace, and Boris Diaw manning the 2,3, and 4, this is now a dangerous squad on both sides of the ball.
According to Charlotte Observer writer Rick Bonnell, Larry Brown has trimmed his offensive playbook from around 70 plays to 15 plays. Basketball shouldn't be rocket science, and Larry has simplified things for his team. I think it has payed dividends.
Nazr Mohammed has bounced back from a year of disuse/rest with a much stronger game.
DJ Augustin hasn't even begun to return to his rookie form. Look out when he does.
Tyson Chandler is still rounding into shape. Look out if he gets back to the player he was 2 years ago.
Rookie Derrick Brown is a second round steal providing lift off of the bench.
Gerald Henderson will only get better with his off-the-charts athleticism and solid attitude.
This team has depth, defense, solid rebounding, and now some offensive firepower.
Barring major injury, I predict the Bobcats will finish at .500 or above.
I 100% agree. If you listen to my podcast: The Dribble Drive
I felt the Jackson deal gave the Bobcats a legit #1 scorer. Wallace was always a #2 to me. Also, I like the fact Diaw and Felton can pass very well. It gives you 2 point guards on the court. Tyson Chandler looks good.
I suggest to see what Alex Ajinca has to see if you have another rotational big man. This team can be dangerous: Think that Atlanta team that took Boston to 7 a couple years back.
WOW, FORGET THAT,
I swear that IS OVERKILL on any level.
I would consider that an insult if I was on the Bobcats run a motion offense
I bet the Lakers don't have 70 plays (Triangle) but
then again they have the Bobcats didnt have a lot of offensive balance b4 S-Jax impo
Yeah, I like Stephen Jackson as a Player and Brown can really coach. 70 Plays is about 40 Plays too many at least. Well I could be wrong, but still ALOT. G-Wallace has never been a 1st Option to me either and their 2,3,4 are very versatile as you said. It'll help tremedously on Defense when they can switch and also on offense creating Mismatches. Their Center Position still isn't that impressive and we've been saying "IF Chandler can get back to playing the way he was before then..." but dude still hasn't done it. That young dude Alex looks good and I'm surprised Henderson hasn't gotten much playing time, but whatever. Maybe their bringing him along slowly, but he was a 3 year player under one of the greatest college coaches of all-time in one of the greatest programs ever. Diaw has also been a very good passing big man as said above and I'm a bit shocked at how Augustin has been playing. Dude was lookin' real good last season and on the verge of taking Felton out. Felton is a solid PG and probably above average in this league. I like this team and I like the moves Brown has been making in changing this team around. I would've never imagined Emeka Okafor being traded so soon after that contract extension. Hopefull they can make the Playoffs in a Weak Eastern Conference, YES it is still weak to me. Wiz, Philly, Raptors and Chi-Town have all been disappointing. I don't think Indy has a shot. Bucks are playing better then we thought and the only for sure spots taken up are Atl, Mia, Cle, Bos, & Mag. The other 3 spots are up for grabs. It's time for the Bobcats to step up!
Gerald Henderson has been a victim of the Bobcats' backcourt depth and overall situation of need. Henderson's skills were kind of redundant with Stephen Graham initially getting big minutes as a primary defender. Meanwhile, the Raja Bell roster spot(now Stephen Jackson) and Flip Murray spot have filled up minutes with a desperate need for decent shooting. In addition, sometimes Charlotte likes to go small with a Felton/Augustin backcourt.
When DJ Augustin finds his stroke again, he and Gerald will make a nice, complementary duo in the backcourt. And if Henderson improves his shooting, he will be an excellent NBA guard.
From what I hear, the Bobcats are happy with Henderson. He's definitely a work in progress. A little-known fact is that he focused on being a professional golfer as a youngster. So it's not like his life was completely devoted to basketball. This means he should have a lot of untapped potential waiting to be brought out.
Charlotte has 3 draft picks next year
man whoever keeps taking my points man up and say why,
stop being undercover about it, its annoying
i just took one cuz u were being a little &$#%#&@! about points
at least u manned up about it,
and just like I thought
it had nothing to do with basketball knowledge, more with childish name calling
trade or release raymond felton he not even good anymore or the offence does not fit his style of play i think dj should be starting now nice job larry brown next lets get a.i.