The Oklahoma City model is not working for the Charlotte Bobcats.
Honestly, it won’t work for any team, unless that team gets very, very lucky. Let’s be serious: Luck, especially during reasonably deep drafts, is how the Thunder was built.
So with the players already on the roster for the foreseeable future, who should the Bobcats model themselves after?
1. The Denver Nuggets
Forget about the reasonably talented, but absolutely insane, JaVale McGee for a minute, and think about their back-court.
The Nuggets have one of the best point guard duos in the league. Charlotte’s tandem of point guards is arguably better. Ty Lawson and Kemba Walker are both short, fast guards who can score. Lawson is a little better at finding his teammates and racking up assists, but Walker is getting there. Ramon Sessions and Andre Miller are both a little bigger (a little), and can pass well. Sessions is a better scorer than Miller though, so the ‘Cats should have no problem getting points out of their back-court for the next few years.
The Nuggets also have a defensive wing stopper, albeit a talented offensive one, too, in Andre Igoudala, but that doesn’t matter this early in the game for Charlotte. If Michael Kidd-Gilchrist can just keep his matchup from hitting, or going over, his scoring average when said player goes against the ‘Cats, I’ll take it. From there it’s just a matter of getting better inside. No one on Charlotte is close to Kenneth Faried good, or even JaVale McGee good. But, Byron Mullens and Bismack Biyombo are both becoming better rebounders, and there are plenty of guys in the draft who can be a force on the glass in the NBA.