Charlotte Bobcats: NBA 2010-11 Season Preview

Chris GrinsteadCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - APRIL 26: Stephen Jackson #1 of the Charlotte Bobcats on defense against the Orlando Magic at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 26, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The Magic defeated the Bobcats 99-90 to complete the four game sweep.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   (Photo by Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images)
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The Charlotte Bobcats finished last season with a record of 44-38, where they earned the No. 7 seed in the playoffs and got swept by the Orlando Magic in the first round.

Since then, they acquired PF Tyrus Thomas, signed PG Sherron Collins, and picked up C Erick Dampier.

Even with these offseason transactions, head coach Larry Brown may be about ready to leave by the end of the season.

SG Stephen Jackson should be a key impact player just like last year and SF Gerald Wallace should make some amazing plays just like last year. But they are in a much more competitive Eastern Conference this year, and they are going to struggle more than last year.

They should finish the season with around 40 wins, but I don't see this being enough to slip them into the playoffs like last season. They should finish ninth in the Eastern Conference standings.

They improved on their depth, but it still needs a lot of work. To have any shot of making the playoffs, it is going to be vital that this squad stays healthy. If Jackson or Wallace get injured, that very well might be end of season for the Bobcats.

Charlotte should be able to make their way back to the playoffs in the 2011-12 season if they make some good offseason moves after this season.

Be sure to check out my preview of the Chicago Bulls' upcoming season!


If you missed yesterday's season preview on the Boston Celtics be sure to give that a read as well!