The Charlotte Bobcats are now .500 and dismantling good teams
Recent wins against the Spurs, Rockets, Suns, Grizzlies, Cavaliers, and Heat, all with starting Center Tyson Chandler injured.
Stephen Jackson has been a godsend as a scoring-creator, allowing Raymond Felton and Gerald Wallace to be the good complementary starters that they were always suited to be. Boris Diaw has started to wake up after some struggles/fatigue.
The question is, can they learn to win on the road?
I'll be at the arena Monday, hopefully seeing them beat the Kings to go over .500. If not, well at least I'll get to see some up-and-coming players on Sacramento's roster.
The Bobcats are playing great. They have a very legit chance to get into the playoffs for the first time in their history. Exciting.
Yeah, the Bobcats have impressed me, tonight they beat the suns by 26, thats not an easy thing to do...
I see them in the playoffs, with 6th or 7th seed, funny how they work so much better without Chandler
The east is so weak, there 2 games back of the 5th seed..
.500 in the west = a mid-lottery pick
Bobcats are for real and they should beat the Kings who are struggling as they try to see if Martin and Evans can play together. They can't to me. Even if they both put up numbers like they did today, Martin game does not fit with the rest of the players anymore.
Felton is very good and incredible underrated, i can see him going to another team after this year since he is a FA and having a billups like career the way billups turned into a stud when he went to Detroit. Similar build and games between those two.
Their defense is one of the best in the league. I think it is the best in points allowed per possession with Boston's slide.
I think the acquiring of Stephen Jackson is what's helped them to be as competitive as they've been. He's the scorer that they needed, and he's playing solid D as well. Jackson is one of the better players in basketball when he competes on D, because he's got all the ability in the world offensively. Wallace is an All-Star player, and he's now getting that recognition. Felton is a solid enough PG for them (probably better off with another team though, he's sort of held back in Charlotte). I like how they've been playing lately, I would hate to play them later in the season if they don't suffer major injury..
i called it b4 the season, "Charlotte bobcats all star" lol
its gonna be a hard decision who 2 draft
bcuz they have a lot of IQ players/veterans
not raw talent like some other teams on the rise
i like their new jerseys 2
Thanks for the responses guys.
The Cats are fortunate that Nazr Mohammed came to play this year. Nazr has breathed new life into his came after a somewhat embarrassing season of riding the pine. Meanwhile Chandler can't get over nagging injuries.
Thanks for the insight into the Kings. I'll be paying close attention to the Evans/Martin dynamic on Monday.
As a Bobcat fan, I HOPE Felton and Larry Brown can stick together here in Charlotte for a few more seasons. It took Felton a while to figure the NBA out. I think he just needed the right coach and a creative, ballhandling, scoring teammate for his first 4 years. He finally has both of those this season in Larry Brown and Stephen Jackson.
Jackson takes pressure off of his PG in ways that Jason Richardson could not.
morrison, Mays, augustin, henderson...I'm not sure it really matters who the cats draft. They are building that team in other ways because the draft has not been too kind.
Wow, there were like 4 new responses while I was writing.
Yes, their defense is fantastic.
I don't understand why people say Felton is "held back" in Charlotte and better off with another team. The guy is flourishing and fulfilling his potential this season, HERE IN CHARLOTTE. He is playing for a great coach, in front of North Carolina fans who love him. Believe me, he needed Larry Brown's discipline with Point Guards. He has Stephen Jackson, Gerald Wallace, and Boris Diaw to pass to and play off of. The last I checked he has really gotten his FG% in check. This is a great place for him now.
He's not supposed to be a 20-and-8 guy somewhere else. Trust me. He is not a natural shooter, and he could never carry an offense. He is meant to be a good, complementary starter in this league.
The Cats might have to give up their draft pick this season because of the deal that got them still-unproven Alexis Ajinca in 2008. It depends on their record. Probably a bad move.
They've made terrible draft day decisions, but they've salvaged the team with some good trades and Larry Brown's coaching.
Basically, they've converted draft picks Brandan Wright, Jared Dudley, and Adam Morrison into Boris Diaw, Stephen Jackson, and prospect Acie Law through a series of trades over the years. I'll take it.
is ajinca ever gonna become a contributor? I had high hopes for him.
Augustin has been shaky. Shoulda gotten Brook Lopez and half of Bobcats fans knew this on draft day '08.
Henderson is just a victim of the roster. Larry Brown says Gerald has been doing well in practice. There's just no room to play him with Stephen Jackson, Flip Murray, and an improved Stephen Graham around.
So there's still hope for THAT pick.
I worry about Augustin because all of a sudden the PG position has been filled with great players in the last few years. Steve Nash and Jason Kidd are still around doing their thing. And then you add Jennings, Evans, Curry, Chalmers, Rose, Westbrook, etc. I don't think groundbound, 5'11" DJ stacks up too well against those guys. The typical NBA PG is suddenly A LOT better.
Ajinca can't move laterally well enough to guard PF's. And he's way too weak and skinny to guard Centers. He's always getting called for fouls. His only hope is to beef up for a few more years. Probably some other team will reap any benefits from him in something like 2014.
Dumb, dumb, pick.
If you think that Raymond Felton is not held back and he's averaging 12 pts and 5 assists then I don't know what to tell you. He's a better passer than the 5 assists he's averaging, and he's a better scorer than the 12 pts he's putting up. He's averaged more than that before in both categories, so it's clear that he's not playing as good as he can. He's not playing as good as he should be, whether you believe it or not. If you put Felton in New York or even somewhere like Washington, you'd see a much more effective PG..
AND MORE LOSSES
The bottom line is efficiency and wins, not a couple of averages. He is FINALLY shooting good percentages, as opposed to his other nba seasons. When he had higher averages, he was a much less efficient player, and a losing PG. He really struggled with decision-making until last year. He cannot shoot well when he is needed to take a lot of shots. He does not have shooting talent. He cannot be the engine that drives an offense. He cannot carry a team. He cannot win without a talented scorer next to him and a coach on his butt about playing basketball the right way.
Raymond needs good teammates in order to excel. It was the same at Carolina when he had Sean May, Rashad McCants, and Marvin Williams to share the load with him. His strength is in being a good teammate who plays hard and plays hurt, NOT his skill set--That's average at best for an NBA PG.
Trust me. Larry Brown, Stephen Jackson, and Boris Diaw are the best things that ever happened to Raymond Felton's nba career.
Simply put, Raymond Felton has been playing the best nba basketball of his career since roughly the middle of last season, regardless of whether or not his point and assist averages are lower. If there's one position that can measured for it's success in winning and efficiency, it is the PG position.
And another thing: Raymond was actually playing a lot of SG when he had those higher scoring averages and poor FG percentages in the past. With this Bobcats group, he's finally able to play his appropriate position on a more full-time basis.