With the start of the 09 - 10 Bobcats season already underway, I thought I would look back and see how we fair against each team in the league. The results are not good and it makes me feel we are farther from the playoffs than I expected to be this year. I know this is a young franchise, and some of these numbers will change over time, but this could be a staggering result for Larry Brown to overcome even playing the right way.
(These are all time records against each team)
Eastern Atlantic Division (W - L)
As you can see we have had a .500 all time record with New York and Philly but the rest of this division has dominated the Bobcats so far in the five years since the Bobcats came to town.
Eastern Central Division (W - L)
Here in the central division Indy is the only team we are close to .500 with and the rest have beat the Bobcats pretty consistantly. So far not so good for the Bobcats!
Eastern Southeast Division (W - L)
This is our home division so we are guarenteed 4 games a year against these teams. Its not that bad as we have bested Atlanta our interstate rivial and are pretty close with the rest so far. The most surprising thing is that when you look back Miami owned us early and now we seem to be unstoppable against them in the past two years only loseing to Miami three times out of eight games. Only loseing to them once last year!
Now for the Western Conference which we only play each team twice a year. These results have been the most astonishing! There is alittle bit of everything going on here.
Western Northwest Division (W - L)
This is the first division we get to (outside of our own) where we actully have a winning record against a team. Not by much but we can say we own Minnasota! The rest are pretty even with the exception of Denver. Its weird that we seem to be close with most of these teams and one or two of them are generally in the playoff hunt.
Western Pacific Division (W - L)
As you can see here we are pretty even with these teams. Phoenix owns the Bobcats by a wide margin and I think it would be safe to say we seem to have the Lakers number. This record could be more in our favor with some OT losses going our way instead of the Lakers. So that might be the bright spot for us.
Western Southwest Division (W - L)
These stats totally surprised me and I had to recheck them but yeah we have never beaten the Mavs or the Spurs! The rest pretty much own us too so I think this is the hardest division for us to win in. Seriously I couldnt belive we have never beaten either of those teams, not even once.
After looking at all of these win loss records I realized that we might be farther from the playoffs than I would have hoped. There are only three teams the Bobcats have winning alltime records against and four teams that we are .500 with. Thats not good not good at all. That makes seven teams that we have regularly played even or better than. To me that means the Bobcats are gonna have to win alot of games against stronger opponets and the teams we seem to be stronger against we only play twice. With four of the seven teams being in the western conference.
Hopefully Coach Brown can rebuke these records and get the Bobcats on a winning track. These are only after five years and I know we are a young franchise, but you have to start somewhere and if history is any indication of the future we are in for a lot of heartache.