Steve Clifford has been the biggest reason for the Charlotte Bobcats' unexpected turnaround in the 2013-14 NBA season. Al Jefferson may have been the big free agent pickup, but Clifford has brought a tenacity and a consistently positive mindset that was otherwise missing from the organization for years.
Charlotte's 27-33 record has them slotted as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. During other years, the Bobcats might have found themselves tanking, but not in this year's disastrous east.
With 22 games left, the Bobcats are just one win shy of their total for the previous two seasons combined. Clifford has had a positive impact on this team in a number of ways, some of which we cannot exactly measure.
We will be grading Clifford in five main areas: game management, motivation of the team, overall organization, rotation and his demeanor with the media.