With the Charlotte Bobcats missing the postseason for the eighth time in nine seasons, fans really haven’t got to see much basketball from the team in April and May. But there’s always some former Bobcats looking to help their team make a long run into the postseason.
Tyson Chandler (2009-10): Chandler continues to play the most pivotal role of any former Bobcat in the postseason. Last season’s Defensive Player of the Year is one of the league’s top centers and a defensive force for the New York Knicks. The Knicks have struggled with injuries in their frontcourt all season long, particularly with Amar’e Stoudemire and Marcus Camby. Chandler is the Knicks most durable big man right now, and because of his size and defensive prowess, he’s probably the Knicks second most important player behind Carmelo Anthony. For a Knicks team who’s been inconsistent defensively this year, Chandler has to do his part anchoring the Knicks defense, rebounding the ball and finishing for the Knicks to be at their best.
Gerald Wallace (2004-2011): It’s been a rough year for our beloved Crash in the inaugural season of the Brooklyn Nets. Wallace’s role doesn’t seem to mesh well with the Nets parts. Wallace is playing without the ball, more than he ever has in his career. It’s been hard for Wallace, at age 30 to adjust in a new style of play. The Nets need him to be more of a three-point threat, when defenses decide to collapse on Deron Williams. There were rumors through the season that Wallace wasn’t happy in Brooklyn and statistically he’s having one of the worst seasons of his career. Most Bobcats fans would love to see Wallace do well, but it’s hard to see him returning to form in the playoffs.
Raymond Felton (2005-2010): Felton’s had a lot of criticism the past few years for his inconsistent play and conditioning. Felton to his credit is in much better shape this season iwth the Knicks than he was with the Portland Trail Blazers. But he still hasn’t been as good as he could be. Felton, like Chandler, will also have a big role for the Knicks. The Knicks depend on Felton for his three-point shooting and his distributing. He’s shooting the three at 36% this season, which means he’s been pretty streaky. Felton though isn’t a player that defenses should want to leave open, as he’s very capable off the catch and shoot.
D.J. Augustin (2008-2012): Augustin is making his second playoff appearance in five seasons, but he continues to trend down in his NBA career. Augustin is shooting a career low 35% from the field as the Indiana Pacers back-up point guard. He’s shooting the ball better since the all-star break at 38% from three, but the outlook on him is very hazy. At one point he showed a lot of potential as a shooter in a Jameer Nelson type of mold. He wasn’t bad as a distributor either. Defensively, there wasn’t much to discuss, but it just doesn’t seem like Augustin is very confident these days in his play. The Pacers probably won’t play him a ton of minutes.
Keith Bogans (2004-2006): Did you forget Keith Bogans was a former Bobcat? Did you forget he was still in the league? Bogans is hitting 34.3% of his three-point shots with the Nets this season.
Nazr Mohammed (2007-2011): Nazr’s nearing the end of a long NBA Career. Currently with the Chicago Bulls with another former Cat Vladimir Radmanovic, Nazr’s made 12 starts this season. Most of his starts have come with Joakim Noah out of the lineup. While Nazr is nowhere near as fast or as athletic as he used to be, he’s still a great lockeroom veteran and plays his heart out when he’s in the game.
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