There's no point in denying that the Charlotte Bobcats aren't going to be a great team in 2012-13. Too many teams in the NBA have far more advanced, experienced talent. But the Bobcats are going to be better. Much better.
By now you've heard of all the acquisitions that have been made by the Bobcats this offseason, via the draft, through free agency or by trade.
Mix in the fact that many players—including the infamously out of shape DeSagana Diop and the tantrum-prone Tyrus Thomas—have come to camp in the best shape and spirits of their lives, and the Bobcats could at least make things interesting in 2012-13.
What we're getting is essentially an entirely new lineup, which is exactly what the Bobcats needed.
Still, there are five clear players that are going to play pivotal roles for Charlotte this season, and not all of them will be starters.
Let's take a look at the five Bobcats who will hopefully lead this team to a much improved season.