Nov 5, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Charlotte Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford during the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Charlotte Bobcats defeat the New York Knicks 102-97. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Are 3-2 Bobcats Similar To Last Seasons Start?

The Charlotte Bobcats are in the middle of another hot start to the regular season.

Despite having one of the youngest rosters in the league and a coach with two years experience as an assistant, the Bobcats matched their win total from the previous season with a  7-5 start.

The rest as they say is history; the Bobcats lost the next 18 games and their season went down the drain.

This season’s team could be much different. Like last season’s start, there’s a lot to be optimistic about, though its level of sustainability is questionable. While the Bobcats certainly appear rejuvenated and better defensively, statistically they compare similar to last year’s 7-5 start:

2012-13 (7-5):

  • 42 percent from the field, 30% from three.
  • Converting 78 percent of team’s 26.2 free throw attempts.
  • Averaged just under 15 turnovers.
  • Opponents averaged 99.5 points.
  • Bobcats scored 97.1 points.
  • Opponents shot 44 percent from the field and 34 percent from three
  • 42.3 rebounds, 12 offensive, 48.3 rebounding percentage.
  • Leading scorers: Kemba Walker (18.0), Ramon Sessions (17.2), Byron Mullens (13.8).

2013-14 (3-2):

  • 41.9 percent from the field, 26% from three.
  • Converting 65.4% of team’s 32.4 free throw attempts.
  • Averaging 14 turnovers
  • Opponents averaging 94.4 points.
  • Bobcats scoring 90.2 points.
  • Opponents shooting 44 percent from the field and 35 percent from three
  • 40.6 rebounds, 11.4 offensive, 49.2 rebounding percentage.
  • Leading scorers: Kemba Walker (15.8), Gerald Henderson (13.8), Ramon Sessions (12.6).

The similarities above can be easily attributed to the nucleus the Bobcats brought back. 12 players from last season’s team are on the roster.

There are things statistics can’t account for such as effort, chemistry, and coaching. Through five games, the Bobcats look much better in those departments this season. The glaring difference is the defense is much better, though the offense remains mediocre. Al Jefferson‘s return should improve that.

While the team is playing enjoyable basketball and player development looks positive, jumping the gun on their plus-.500 start would be premature in this marathon.

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