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The Biggest Training Camp Mysteries for Charlotte Bobcats

Apr 15, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks small forward Chris Copeland (14) is fouled by Charlotte Bobcats power forward Bismack Biyombo (0) during the first half at Time Warner Arena. Mandatory Credit: Curtis Wilson-USA TODAY Sports
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Raj PrashadCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2013

With the NBA regular season rapidly approaching, training camp is the the first step in answering those burning questions that the Charlotte Bobcats still have surrounding them.

While there's no doubt what Al Jefferson brings to the table, and it's not a question where Michael Kidd-Gilchrist needs to work on his game, there are a few mysteries surrounding the Bobcats as they approach camp.

Here are three questions Charlotte might be able to answer to early on.

 

Where does Bismack Biyombo fit?

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In my season preview for the Bobcats last week, I noted that the starting power forward battle would be between Cody Zeller and Josh McRoberts, per Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

It's an interesting change from expectations held over from last season that Biyombo would surely be fighting for the starting position. Instead, it looks as if he'll be a third power forward with no real purpose on the team other than a defensive specialist. 

At 6'9", he's a bit undersized. But could head coach Steve Clifford use Biyombo at center in a smaller lineup with the likes of McRoberts at power forward? It's yet to be seen where the third-year player fits under the new regime.

 

How quickly can the starting lineup mesh?

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This season's version of the Bobcats returns three young studs from last year's team. Jefferson is a new addition at center, and it's yet to be seen who the starting power forward is.

Regardless of which direction Clifford goes at the 4 spot, Bobcats' core won't be exactly familiar with Zeller (rookie) or McRoberts (played just 26 games with Charlotte last year, per Basketball-Reference.com).

Rick Bonnell from the Charlotte Observer picked up that point guard and captain Kemba Walker attended optional team workouts in September with every member on the current roster, attempting to get an early start on building the chemistry vital for a young team.

We'll soon see how quickly this squad can build some form of camaraderie. 

 

How much has Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's shot improved?

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Other than the excitement of signing Jefferson, MKG's shot development has been arguably the biggest storyline of the summer for the 'Cats. 

Famed shooting coach Mark Price has worked with Kidd-Gilchrist on his jumper throughout the summer, but the last we've seen of him was during summer league. There wasn't much evidence of a change in mechanics there, rather much more confidence in his ability to make the shot.

No one is expecting him to come in with a fixed shot without any flaws, it would just be nice to see some progress early on. Whether we get that or not remains to be seen. 

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