The Charlotte Bobcats were at one point this year close to the top 10 in rebounding. They’ve fallen into the bottom ten.
One reason is that their starting center/power forward, Byron Mullens thinks he’s Ray Allen.
“But Mullens is averaging over seven rebounds a game,” you might say.
Yes. He’s also averaging 4.5 threes per game and just 1.3 makes (not to mention the number of long jumpers he takes and misses). That’s over three missed shots per game that Mullens has absolutely no shot to rebound.
The Bobcats need all the possessions they can get, because they’re shooting just 42 percent from the field.
Having Mullens floating around the three point line on a solid number of possessions does the Bobcats no good in that regard.
The list of power forwards/centers hitting more threes than Mullens per game isn’t very long, but the list of power forwards/centers hitting a higher percentage of them is. In fact, of all qualifying players at those two positions, Mullens has the worst three point percentage and it’s not even close; Mullens is the only one of them shooting worse than 30 percent from behind the arc.
For the Bobcats to improve, Mullens needs to pick his spots better. He cannot continue to have the green light if this team is going to stay out of the league’s basement this year.
Three rebounds more per game instead of three missed threes would have him averaging a double-double.
Those rebounds would also give the Bobcats three more possessions per game, and for a team that’s lost five games decided by six points or fewer, Charlotte needs as many extra possessions as it can get.