Mar 23, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) tries to shoot the ball before being blocked by Charlotte Bobcats power forward Bismack Biyombo (0) during the first half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Despite (Severe) Lack of Success, Charlotte Bobcats Still Do Some Things Well

By no stretch of the imagination whatsoever have the Charlotte Bobcats had even a remotely successful season.

That doesn’t mean they’re not good at something basketball related, though.

In fact, Charlotte does more than just a single something well.

Those somethings are (the tiniest of) stepping stones the Bobcats can build into a massive rock pile of NBA success in the coming years.

One of these rare positives from Charlotte’s awful season is a stat the ‘Cats were actually good at last year (yes the Bobcats were good at something that has to do with pro basketball when they posted the worst winning percentage in NBA history). The ‘Cats are SIXTH in the NBA in blocks.

In no small part because of Bismack Biyombo and his 1.7 blocks per game, Charlotte is indeed in the NBA’s top ten for blocks per game by a team with 6.4.

Oddly enough, the ‘Cats are the worst in the league in getting their own shots blocked; 7.4 Bobcats shots are turned away by defenders on average.

The other stat Charlotte is top ten in might surprise you.

The Bobcats take the fourth most free-throws on a per game basis in the NBA. Every other team in the top 10 of that category is either in the playoffs or fighting to make them except for Minnesota.

The ‘Cats need to get better at hitting those freebies, though, because they’re just 19th in free-throw percentage this season.

If that stat didn’t make you spit your cheerios at the computer screen, this final positive nugget might just get you there.

The Charlotte Bobcats are the fifth best team in the NBA at holding onto the basketball.

In other words, they’re fifth in the NBA for fewest turnovers per game. At just 13.8 giveaways per game, the only teams better than Charlotte at keeping the ball are New York, Toronto, Miami and Philadelphia.

Like the saying goes, “two is always better than one” and for Charlotte, three positive statistics are way better than just one.

 

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