The Charlotte Bobcats are tired of losing. This was evident Tuesday night against the Sacramento Kings, when the Bobcats showed a growing resilience to losing along with the grit and determination to close out an opponent.
At 11-14, the Bobcats have positioned themselves in the thick of the disappointing Eastern Conference playoff race, leaving many experts to question the value of a low playoff berth.
This Bobcats team is unlike any in franchise history. They are a young team loaded with talent and youth. The Bobcats are good right now, but they will be even better next season.
The development of Kemba Walker should be obvious to most by now, as he has shaken off an early season slump, and is routinely scoring 20 points and five or more assists each game. Walker’s quickness and good hands have developed into a two way player that is quietly taking the league by storm.
It’s not just Walker that has the Bobcats in position to make a postseason run. Josh McRoberts has made a good impact in the starting lineup, that few would have expected. McRoberts is becoming a stat stuffing machine and a double-double threat.
Al Jefferson has been what many expected. Jefferson is an incredible offensive threat in the low post, even after he worked his way back into the starting lineup following a lingering ankle injury. Jefferson’s defense has been better than expected and he has done a good job complimenting the team.
Before fracturing his left hand, Kidd-Gilchrist was making a strong impact with his time on the floor. With an improved coach in Steve Clifford, the next 12 months will provide Bobcats fans with an electric young team to watch.
However, one lingering question still remains.
Did the Bobcats get too good a year too soon? By now, many realize how loaded next year’s draft class expects to be and the Bobcats could potentially hold three first round picks in the draft.
Could one more sufferable, painful, gut wrenching losing season for the Bobcats and their fans ultimately prove to be the best pill to swallow before becoming the Charlotte Hornets? This is the question that will determine the fate of the team going forward.
One way or another the Bobcats will change. Will they continue to grow quicker than expected to produce a legitimate playoff team? Or will the regular season take its toll on the Bobcats and produce a treasure chest of draft picks to use as building blocks for the Hornets?
Only time will tell.