#13 Charlotte Bobcats
Essay #3 in the series. Sorry for the delay but writing about the Hawks last month was too painful. All Hail Michael Jordan! Let’s look at the basketball wreck that he is now running called the Charlotte Bobcats.
Last Year in Review
It’s unfair to call the Bobcats an institutional mess, if only because they are so new. When the team was rewarded the finalists came down to a team led by Larry Bird & the eventual winner led by Bob Johnson of BET television networks. Johnson is a billionaire, but apparently didn’t get that way by spending money like Mark Cuban. To date, the Bobcats are the cheapest spending franchise in the league.
The GM and coach is Bernie Bickerstaff who is coaching his fourth team.
The facts about last year:
Record: 26-56, missed playoffs, tied for last in Southeast Div.
Scoring 96.9 vs. 100.9 ppg
FG%: 43.27% vs. 47.81%
3 pt shooting: 428/1261 .339 vs. 458/1285 .356
Rebounds 39.8 vs 44.0
Assists 20.9 vs 22.9
Steals 10.02 vs 7.04
Blocks 4.32 vs 5.38
Turnovers 13.6 vs 17.4
The lone bright spot is the point guard play of Brevin Knigh and Ray Felton. Together they accounted for 14.4 assists versus 4.7 turnovers a night for a very good 3.0 assists per turnover ratio.
Best players last year:
Gerald Wallace 15.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.51 spg, 2.09 bpg
Brevin Knight 12.6 ppg, 8.8 apg, 2.28 spg
Primo Brezec 12.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg
Ray Felton 11.9 ppg,5.6 apg,
That’s about it really. Okafor averaged 13.2 points and 10.0 rebounds but in only 26 games. Kareem Rush averaged 10.1 ppg and was so well liked he was cut with a few weeks left in the season. Jumaine Jones averaged 10.5 ppg and little else.
This is the make-up of a losing team sporting a payroll of $33.5 million which was 30th in the league.
They are young, but have suspect talent outside of Wallace, Knight & Felton. Okafur missed most of last year with an ankle injury. He played 73 games his rookie year after the Magic passed on him at least partly because they were worried about his back. (Howard over Okafor was a risk at the time and may go down as the finest draft decision in Magic history.)
4 games. Last year Magic were 3-1 vs
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Odds and Ends
24-32 wins, last in