The Charlotte Bobcats opened training camp today. Coming off the worst season in NBA history the team has question marks at almost every position.
At point guard, the Bobcats need Kemba Walker to step up and be a big time player this season. Walker is going to need to distribute the ball as well as score if the Bobcats are to improve this season.
Gerald Henderson is projected to be the team’s starting shooting guard, but most people think that on a contending team Henderson would be a 6th man at best. However, the Bobcats are going to need Henderson to produce at an All-Star level if they want any chance to be competitive this year.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is the projected starter at small forward, and could even play some power forward at times to add some versatility to the lineup. However, how he will produce on the offensive end of the floor is a big question. If his mid-range game improves, he can become a formidable offensive force for the Bobcats down the road. Also, Kidd-Gilchrist’s perimeter defense will be a welcome addition to this year’s starting lineup.
At power forward the Bobcats plan to start Bismack Biyombo who has huge upside, but is a work in progress especially on the offensive end. The problem is the Bobcat’s need scoring and Biyombo doesn’t give you much on the offensive end. On the defensive end Biyombo is a force averaging 1.8 blocks per game
Finally, at center the team plans to start 7 foot tall center Byron Mullens, who showed last year that he has great range on the offensive end. But Mullens struggled at times last year on defense, especially when facing the top centers in the league. If he can improve his defense Mullens has the potential to be a solid player.
Overall, this projected lineup has huge upside, but inexperience and a lack of a real scoring threat will plague the Bobcats again this season. This season is shaping up to be entertaining with such a young team, but in the end the lack of offense will prevent the Bobcats from being competitive.