Hello Charlotte Bobcats fans (and those who haopened here because they like a good basketball related laugh), your humble correspondent is reporting lakeside in South Carolina, but, frett not, he’s still keeping a close eye on the world of Bobcats basketball.
Before we get to the heart of this post (Charlotte’s desperate need for individual improvement there’s a pressing matter that needs to be discussed; Carl Landry. Landry is reportedly looking for the richest deal possible, and the Bobcats and Warriors are the two teams willing to offer him such a deal. The ‘Cats would have to work a sign and trade involving Gana Diop.
Now, onto the matter at hand. The Bobcats haven’t done enough through the draft and free agency to be competitive next year. But that’s not their fault, Charlotte’s roster was so pitiful last season there was really no way they could get immediately better in the short term. But, if these key players improve in these key areas, the Queen City might just field a competitive basketball team next season.
Kemba Walker: scoring at the rim. He gets there often enough, but he converts so rarely that his shooting percentage doesn’t reflect the number of easy opportunities he gives himself.
Gerald Henderson: 3-point shooting. Hendo is very athletic, but not many defender respect his outside shot. If he makes players guard him closer, he’ll be able to use his athletic ability to blow by them and get to the rim.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: jump shooting. Forget threes. If MKG can develope a somewhat consistent elbow jumper, he could easily average 15+ ppg next season.
Byron Mullens: Post offense. Whether or not he makes enough threes to justify his belief that he’s a shooter will have little effect on Charlotte’s play this year. If Mullens can score 4-6 points a game off post moves, it’ll be great for the Bobcats spacing offensively.
Bismack Biyombo: 1-on-1 defense. He’s nowhere near being a good offensive player, but if Biyombo learns to stay on his feet defensiviley, fewer points will be scored off opponent pump fakes.
Ramon Sessions and Brandon Haywood should work on their conditioning, because Mike Dunlap is going to run this team till it can’t run any more… And then run it some more. Jeffrey Taylor could do better to work on becoming a more consistent player, Tyrus Thomas should just force himself to be power forward and nothing else, and Diop and Matt Carroll should be working on techniques to keep their butts from going numb while riding the bench this year.