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2012 NBA Offseason: Charlotte Bobcats

Draft Grades, Offseason Needs, Free Agents

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Charlotte Bobcats (Last Year: 7-59)

Live 2012 NBA Draft Grades:

2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, F, Kentucky: B Grade
The Bobcats added a shooter in Ben Gordon via trade earlier this week, and now get a defensive-minded player in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who will bring a winning mentality to Charlotte. There were a ton of trade rumors here for this second pick, but the Bobcats do get a needed upgrade on the wing.

31. Jeffery Taylor, SF, Vanderbilt: B+ Grade
I really liked Jeffery Taylor as a late-first-round value, so for Charlotte get him with the first pick of the second round resolves the team's need for depth on the wing even more when you add Ben Gordon and Kidd-Gilchrist into the equation. Taylor improved as a shooter during his four years at Vanderbilt and can guard multiple positions, so he gives the Bobcats more wing flexibility.

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Murilo 01-03-2014 06:29 am (total posts: 1)
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Hmmmm the lowest seeedd team in the NFL playoffs has won the Superbowl before the lowest seed in the MLB playoffs has won before but the lowest seed from the NBA playoffs has never won a title In fact the Houston Rockets in the 1994-95 were the lowest seeedd team to ever win a title and they were seeedd 6th.So that alone makes me lean towards the NBA. And besides winning an NBA title must be the hardest one or else Lebron the no ring king would have won multiple championships by now right? I mean he is the great one, he is the chosen one, right?Yeah, I guess that means an NA title must be the hardest to win
penquin 06-11-2013 09:57 am (total posts: 1)
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The hell are you talking about with Walker? He improved his offensive efficiency, increased his defensive capabilities, and seemed much more comfortable running the offense.... He improved more than anyone on that team...
Teej 05-24-2013 11:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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Technically, Brandon Wright never played for Charlotte, so you can't really call him a Bobcat bust. He was traded on draft night for Jason Richardson, one of the few moves in the history of the Bobcats that was good. Unfortunately for them, they traded him away a year and a half later.
Tyler 05-24-2013 02:44 pm (total posts: 1)
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Adding more players to their depleted roster is a HUGE need. I envision them trading out of their pick (#4) to add additional players to their roster.
Jacks0n 11-20-2012 02:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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Cody Zeller..
Geiger 10-05-2012 01:14 pm (total posts: 1)
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I agree with you..the pick of Kidd-Ghilcrest was the reight choice,for the future. Hes a quality player, but wont be the go to star they need. This is the first step to rebuilding..I just hope Jordan will take the time to do this the right way and spend the money this offseason wisely.
Paul 07-25-2012 03:51 am (total posts: 1)
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I don't know how he will fare in the draft. I see the Gators may lose Nick Calathes, who has declared his itnnet but not hired an agent (which leaves him eligible to come back if he does not like where he goes, if he goes). It is hard to fault these guys for trying to maximize their very small window of opportunity. I think if I had a shot even a very long shot to be hired for a job that paid very well and could set my family for life it would be very hard not to at least apply.
Cameron 06-22-2012 02:06 pm (total posts: 3)
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Hey buddy, I posted that comment almost a year ago.
Cameron 06-22-2012 02:06 pm (total posts: 3)
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Hey buddy, I posted that comment almost a year ago.
@Cameron 05-08-2012 07:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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There the worst team, but Harrison Barnes? Didn't nail that prediction buddy.
Dorf 05-08-2012 10:29 am (total posts: 1)
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They Need to be retracted or relocated. They are just pathetic.
Cameron 06-28-2011 11:05 pm (total posts: 3)
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This was a smart draft for the Bobcats, and I absolutely loved the Kemba Walker pick. But plain and simple, the Bobcats will have the number one pick next year and they will choose Harrison Barnes. It's not even debateable.
Woody 06-24-2011 12:19 pm (total posts: 1)
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mprofetta 06-24-2011 11:11 am (total posts: 1)
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I'm not as high on this draft as most. Biyombo and Walker are redundant. The Bobcats already have similar young players in Thomas and Augustin. I'm not a big Stephen Jackson fan, but with Jackson gone, where will the points come from? Charlotte is a mess.
kh 06-23-2011 08:31 pm (total posts: 2)
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Bismack Biyombo sorry

2011-12 Season Summary:
Historically, it was the most pathetic season in NBA history for Charlotte. The Bobcats finished with just seven wins, which was not only their worst finish in franchise history, but replaces the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers for the lowest win percentage the league has ever seen.

Charlotte finished the season with a 23-game losing streak, which included an embarrassing 28-point defeat at the hands of the second-worst team in the league, Washington. The Bobcats were actually so horrible, that legitmate conversation was sparked about whether they could beat the NCAA Champion Kentucky Wildcats.

In no way should any of that come as a surprise. Charlotte's roster was filled with mediocre talent - that might even be too kind. Guys like Byron Mullens, Derrick Brown, and D.J. White saw significant roles with Gerald Henderson, Corey Maggette, and rookie Kemba Walker acting as the team's go-to scorers. The Bobcats also released unhappy veteran Boris Diaw late in the season to free him of the mess.

It's hard to find a glass half-full approach, but I'll try. Walker and fellow rookie Bismack Biyombo gained a ton of experience and appear to be young pieces for the long-term puzzle. You can add D.J. Augustin, Henderson, and Mullens into that category as well, but the rest of the roster is certainly replaceable.

Michael Jordan has his hands full in trying to turn this team around and is close to entering Isiah Thomas territory in terms of ruining an NBA franchise. Jordan deservedly received a great deal of criticism for how the organization has been run since he became primary owner, with former Bobcats head coach Larry Brown even claiming Jordan's front office staff is nothing more than a bunch of "yes men."

2012-13 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Byron Mullens/$DeSagana Diop

PF: Bismack Biyombo/Tyrus Thomas/*D.J. White

SF: Reggie Williams/~Derrick Brown

SG: Gerald Henderson/Ben Gordon/%Matt Carroll/>Cory Higgins

PG: #D.J. Augustin/Kemba Walker

NBA Free Agents:

PF-Eduardo Najera (UFA)

#PG-D.J. Augustin (RFA)

*PF-D.J. White (RFA)

$C-DeSagana Diop (PO)

%SG-Matt Carroll (ETO)

~F-Derrick Brown (RFA)

>SG-Cory Higgins (RFA)

Offseason Transactions:

The Bobcats acquire SG Ben Gordon and 2013 lottery protected first-round pick from the Pistons for SF Corey Maggette.

2012-13 Team Salary: Approximately $44.5 million

NBA Offseason Needs:

1. Face of the Franchise: Right now, Kemba Walker is the Bobcats' most recognizable player. After him, the list would be D.J. Augustin, Corey Maggette, and Gerald Henderson. Realisitcally, none of those guys should even be starting on a competitive NBA team let alone the "star" player.

Charlotte needs to find a face of the franchise in the worst way possible.

2. Frontcourt Scorer: As it stands for next year, the Bobcats' frontcourt consists of Byron Mullens, Bismack Biyombo, DeSagana Diop, D.J. White, and the massively overpaid Tyrus Thomas. None of those five players averaged double figures in points, with Mullens being the only somewhat low post presence. Even landing Davis wouldn't totally solve this issue, so Charlotte needs to find a big man who can provide some offense in the paint.

3. Go-to Wing Option: If you haven't already picked up on this: in no way should Maggette, Henderson, or Walker be the No. 1 scoring option on any NBA team. The Bobcats need to find someone who can fill it up from the outside. They finished dead last in the league in scoring and were the only team in the NBA to shoot less than 30% from distance.

4. To Amnesty or Not to Amnesty?: Charlotte still has the option to amnesty a player since it did not do so after the new NBA labor agreement last offseason. There are two obvious candidates: Maggette, who is owed almost $11 million next season or Tyrus Thomas, who has three years and approximately $26 million remaining on his contract.

Thomas makes more sense for the long-term since Maggette's expiring contract could possibly be used as trade bait. Releasing either player would clear even more cap space and put the Bobcats more than $20 million below the likely league salary-cap number.

5. Patience: Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will a winning franchise in Charlotte. There is no quick fix to make the Bobcats a relevant NBA team, so patience will be needed on behalf of everyone involved: management, players, fans.

With that being said, Jordan needs to be smart with his decisions (not exactly his M.O. as a front office executive) and not waste money overpaying free agents, but rather start at the ground level and build this team through smart draft picks - not a strength of Jordan's either.

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