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Well-intentioned but poorly executed. That's how I view the Charlotte Bobcats' three-year, $40.5 million contract (player option for 2015-16) with Al Jefferson.
Obviously Charlotte needed talent. The Bobcats have lost more than 73 percent of their games over the last three seasons combined. Only three players managed an above average PER last season, and all three play along the perimeter: Kemba Walker (18.8), Ramon Sessions (17.7) and Gerald Henderson (16.4).
Jefferson's a low-post presence, but not the one this team needed. He's a plodding big man anchoring a roster otherwise built to run.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte's biggest draft-day investment since grabbing Emeka Okafor at the No. 2 slot in 2004, would thrive as undersized power forward in an uptempo system. He held a plus-3.8 PER advantage over opposing 4s last season but carried a minus-2.3 mark at the small forward spot, via 82Games.com.
General manager Rich Cho even said Kidd-Gilchrist's strength was his transition game, via Ryan Fegen of Sporting News, when discussing the thought process behind the selection. Walker, Sessions and Henderson similarly thrive in the open floor.
So why pair them with a big man who can't get out in the fast break?
Surely not for his defense, which Jefferson himself admitted was a weakness to Grantland's Zach Lowe. Having a liability in pick-and-roll coverage is a major issue in today's NBA and certainly a problem given the number of screens the 6'1", 172-pound Walker will face.
This one's had me scratching my head since the moment it broke. And it's going to have Bobcats fans hiding theirs next season.