Charlotte Bobcats Snoozing This Offseason
NBA fans around the league saw their teams take steps in the direction of improving their roster via free agency. The Bobcats, on the other hand, seemingly took a nap.
The New York Knicks witnessed their team get some star power by acquiring Amar'e Stoudamire. The Heat witnessed an assembly of superstars that look as exciting as watching Transformers change from used cars into big screen superheroes.
Even the Washington Wizard fans have found hope in their future with stud draft pick John Wall from the University of Kentucky.
Charlotte Bobcat fans found their often active franchise transforming into well, the Bobcats. This franchise has respectability in the league due to the star power shared by Michael Jordan and Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown.
Still, I’m left asking where the stars on the court are. They had no draft picks in the previous draft after trading away their first-round pick and Ronald Murray to the Bulls for Tyrus Thomas.
That’s right, folks. The Bobcats surrendered a top 20 draft pick for a third-year power forward who averaged seven points per game. Then again, the last time the Bobcats selected in the top 15 of the draft, they chose inch-high private eye backup PG D.J. Augustin over current seven-foot All-Star Brook Lopez.
I know hindsight is 20/20, but in that scenario, it came down to a 5’10" double-digit scorer or a seven-foot double-digit scorer and rebounder. The Bobcats picked the little guy with a nice stroke from the outside.
The Cats let their starting PG Raymond Felton walk into free agency, and have since replaced him by signing 6’7" Shaun Livingston. Livingston had tons of potential entering the NBA straight from high school four years ago, but suffered a horrific knee injury early in his rookie year.
The injury and rehab are now behind Livingston and he now concentrates on making sure people refer to him as “S-Dot.” Isn’t there some unspoken rule that prohibits players from giving themselves nicknames if they don’t average double figures? If not, I am enacting one today.
Livingston will provide more length for Brown on the defensive end, but it’s still questionable if his six point and three assist a game average will replace the production void left by Felton’s departure.
The Bobcats will have Stephen Jackson for the entire season after acquiring him in a trade last season. That alone should be enough for several more regular season wins.
It’s still early and Brown has been notorious for making trades during the season to improve his roster. They may have slept during the offseason free agent frenzy, but look for this team to make a trade before the deadline to claw their way back to the playoffs.
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