Charlotte Bobcats' Final Player Power Rankings for 2013-14 Season
Clearly, the Bobcats had two superstars leading the team in Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson, but it was their supporting cast that allowed them to make their second postseason in franchise history. The likes of Gerald Henderson and Josh McRoberts were key components to Charlotte finishing seventh in the East.
There are already skeptics mumbling about how these individual performances will carry over to next season. For now, let's recognize this team's unsuspected accomplishment this season and take a look at the final player power rankings for the 2013-14 Charlotte Bobcats.
Players can only qualify for the rankings if they played at least half of the games this season. That leaves nine Bobcats.
Sorry Ramon Sessions, you don't qualify since you were traded even after playing 55 games for Charlotte.
And playoff contributors Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour don't qualify either. No playoff contributions will be considered since no achievements can be counted toward "contributing to a victory" in the series versus the Heat.
Players will be ranked not only based on points, rebounds and assists but also how many minutes they played, how they could factor moving forward based on this year's performance and their importance to the team (how much Charlotte would suffer without them).
9. Anthony Tolliver
Tolliver served more as a power forward who could step beyond the arc, as he led the team in three-pointers made per game (1.6).
He averaged a respectable 6.1 points per game for someone who averaged just over 20 minutes, but his 2.6 rebounds aren't up to par for a power forward. He was virtually nonexistent with .7 assists and .3 steals per game as well.
This could very well be a position the Bobcats look to upgrade in the upcoming draft, and Tolliver may be on the short end of the stick come the start of next season.
8. Bismack Biyombo
Amidst all the talk of draft busts, Biyombo somehow gets lost.
The seventh overall pick from 2011 has done little to impress, and that includes his performance this season.
He only averaged 13.9 minutes per game, and although he ranked third on the team in rebounding, his meager 2.9 points and .1 assists left much to be desired.
With the play of Jefferson, Biyombo was thrown aside this season and maybe for good.
7. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Kidd-Gilchrist can also be considered a bust, as the second overall pick from 2012 has never risen to fruition.
Although he started all 62 games he played in, he only played 24.2 minutes, the same as reserve Jeff Taylor. While he did rank second on the team with 5.2 rebounds, Kidd-Gilchrist only averaged 7.2 points and dished out a lowly .8 assists per game.
He also wasn't a necessity at his position, and if this below-par play from a top pick continues, the Bobcats could be looking at an alternative at small forward in the near future.
6. Chris Douglas-Roberts
Yes, Douglas-Roberts' numbers weren't flattering, and you may ask why he's ranked here.
Even though he played just over 20 minutes per game, Douglas-Roberts averaged almost seven points, 2.4 rebounds and an assist. But even those slight contributions were needed in a time when the primary players at the two-guard and small forward positions weren't performing up to par.
Douglas-Roberts shoots the ball well, especially from distance, and anyone who does that can be a solid role player on a playoff team.
5. Cody Zeller
Serviceable would be a good way to describe Zeller's first season in the NBA.
As a backup (along with Biyombo) to Jefferson, the rookie averaged six points and 4.3 rebounds in just over 17 minutes played per game. He was also the only Bobcat to play in all 82 regular-season games this year. He may see his role increase if the team decides to cut Biyombo's role even more. That would make him the primary backup center, and he can also play the four.
Who knows how many years Jefferson has left in him, but if that number is four or below, Zeller could develop into a nice starter for Charlotte.
4. Josh McRoberts
McRoberts would be ranked No. 1 if this was based on hairstyle. But it's not.
Still, the former Duke Blue Devil had a stellar season at the power forward position, logging over 30 minutes per game and averaging 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds (third on the team) and 4.3 assists (second).
Since Tolliver was more of a stretch four who stepped beyond the arc, McRoberts was essential as the ground-and-pound power forward down on the low block.
He started all 78 games he played in and will most likely be asked to do the same again next year.
3. Gerald Henderson
Henderson isn't ranked here just because he scored the third-most points per game and played the third-most minutes. While his other number may indicate that he should be a few spots lower (seventh in rebounds and fifth in steals), he meant more to the team than just on paper.
When Ramon Sessions left for Milwaukee, Henderson automatically assumed more minutes, and he was the main recipient of any burden that had to be taken off of Walker's shoulders.
While his numbers may not have been up to par, Walker, and the team, wouldn't have excelled as they did without the presence of Henderson.
2. Kemba Walker
Walker was the spark plug for this team, as shown by the fact that he lead the Bobcats in minutes (35.8), assists (6.1) and steals (1.18). His 17.7 points per game and 4.2 rebounds weren't too shabby either.
There was more depth at the guard positions in general, especially when Sessions was around as a solid backup point guard, which is why Walker isn't ranked No. 1.
Still, Charlotte would not be looked at as it is today without Walker, who will be in contention for an all-star spot in the near future if not next year.
1. Al Jefferson
Say what you will about the dynamic Walker, but Jefferson was easily the most vital aspect of this Bobcats team. He not only led the team in points (21.8) and rebounds (10.8), but also topped the roster in John Hollinger's Player Efficiency Rating (22.75).
Jefferson was also second on the team in steals, behind Walker.