It wasn’t pretty, but the Charlotte Bobcats learned a lot about themselves this preseason.
Despite winning one game this year, there have been some bright spots during these exhibition contests.
The ‘Cats know Ben Gordon will be a consistent scorer off the bench. They also know that when Kemba Walker isn’t getting things done, Ramon Sessions will be able to run the show.
Tyrus Thomas has beefed up and might actually be able to contribute this year, Byron Mullens had a pretty good preseason and on the whole, Charlotte should be in most of the games it loses this year (sorry I couldn’t help myself).
When the Bobcats take on the Pacers to start the season Nov 2, there will still be plenty of unanswered questions, though.
How much will Charlotte actually press on defense? What position will Bismack Biyombo primarily play? What will happen when the team hits a long losing streak?
The Bobcats first five games could answer almost all of those questions (Pacers, Mavericks, Suns, Hornets, Mavericks). None of the teams the Bobcats play are supposed to terrible this year, so the final question might be answered quite early on. Almost all of the teams have good big men, so Bismack Biyombo will be asked to show some improvement early on. Finally, there’s no reason the ‘Cats can’t run a little press against each of their first five opponents.
One more thing we do know is the ‘Cats should be way better than they were last year. Sure, that might only translate into about 25 wins, but if they’re exciting to watch, 25 wins will be more than enough to keep fan interest at a reasonable level for another year.