NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Reasons Charlotte Bobcats Need To Trade Stephen Jackson
As a Golden State Warriors fan, I’ve seen it all from him, the highs, the lows and then rock bottom.
I’m still amazed that “Captain Jack” led the Bobcats to their first-ever playoff experience. I'm even more amazed that the Warriors were able to unload him to anybody.
Jackson can hit the big shot at the end of the game making everyone forget that he spent the prior 45 minutes of the game shooting your team completely out of the game.
He has shown that he can be a productive player in the league, but not as a team’s leader in anything. Ever since Charlotte and Larry Brown have cut ties, they have actually been playing good basketball.
Now, as the Bobcats are in the playoff hunt (sure it's in the bottom of the East, but it's still the postseason) and there is actually a market for him, this is the perfect time to trade him. As if the Bobcats needed any, here are 10 reasons why they should trade him.
10. Because the Bobcats Might Make the Playoffs
Jackson actually helped the Bobcats get to the playoffs for the first time in their short history. He deserves credit for that as it is quite an accomplishment for some teams. I was forced to watch the Warriors and their one playoff appearance in 16 years.
What are the odds the Bobcats make the playoffs either with him or without him? He led them there last year and he very well may get them back into the postseason.
As good as the top five teams in the Eastern Conference are, the rest of the teams in the East look like they’d be competitive in the Big East.
As constructed, the Bobcats’ ceiling is a No. 6 seed, so why not trade him, get into the lottery, ditch his salary and hope to get lucky to draft a difference-maker? That, or make it as a No.8 seed, lose four straight games to Boston, pay Jackson all the money left on his contract and be stuck with a mid-round selection.
9. He Misses Shots, A Lot of Them
Jackson is shooting 40.1 percent from the field, which would make a outstanding batting average. He is also shooting 33 percent from three-point land, which you could get away with if you're not taking that many of them.
However, he is fourth in the league in three-point attempts. You know how annoyed you get at any open gym when some guy keeps chucking up threes, misses most of them, but he just keeps on shooting? Imagine what his teammates are going through, and this is the NBA!
I play fantasy basketball and my buddy sent me a text at 8:15 a.m. the other day and the text read “Stephen Jackson is killing me.” Is there any other player in the league that would cause someone to text someone that early in the morning about how bad they are playing?
Think about that amount of money for a second...Jackson can shoot 25 percent over the next two years (which is a possibility) and still earn that amount of money. If they can find anyone to take on that kind of salary, do it.
7. His Ranking In The Plus/Minus Category
According to NBA.com “the +/- stat shows the power of teamwork. It's a way of showing the best-engineered/best combination of players on the court. The +/- stat is a statistic that looks at the point differential when players are both in and out of the game, to see how the team performs.”
Take a wild guess who ranks last on the Bobcats at minus-170. Addition by subtraction at its peak.
6. He’s a Bad Role Model for the Younger Players
The Bobcats have talent that they can build around.
After Larry Brown left and the handcuffs came off D.J. Augustin, he has looked like an outstanding player. Tyrus Thomas is another building block who has a ton of potential, and at 24 years old can turn that potential into production, so why have a guy like Stephen Jackson around? He has questionable attitude at best and ranks in the top four in technical fouls.
5. Jackson Needs the Ball To Be Productive
Not a great quality in any basketball player, especially one who shoots 40 percent from the field and has a high turnover rate.
Some players are like this and are very productive—look at a healthy Brandon Roy—his style works for him and the rest of the team. Stephen Jackson needs the ball to be productive which would be fine, if he didn’t play like Stephen Jackson.
4. He Wastes Possessions
After seeing how many shots he misses, his turnover rate, and factoring in his plus/minus rank, he costs his team a lot of possessions.
Charlotte is actually a good defensive team; imagine what they could do with all those possessions that Jackson wastes. Sure, he’s their leading scorer and go-to-guy but who wouldn’t average 18 points in the minutes he gets, as well as having a green light? Which leads me to...
3. To See If Gerald Henderson Can Play
He is former lottery pick, so he has the talent, and he played at Duke so he knows how to be a team player.
His previous two coaches were Mike Krzyzewski and Larry Brown, so we know he has been well-coached the last few years. We just haven’t really been able to see if he can play in this league because Jackson rarely comes off the floor. Henderson played 40 minutes (Jackson minutes) in one game this year and had 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, so it's time to find out what he can do with consistent minutes.
2. The Bobcats Need to Start Over, Again
Ever since they came into the league it seems like they have been rebuilding, so might as well keep it gong.
Their best or highest-paid players are Jackson, whom we now know won’t be missed, Gerald Wallace who can be great, but can’t seem to stay on the court, and Boris Diaw who I'm told is still collecting checks. You can beat the Cleveland Cavaliers with these three guys, but not too many other teams. Trade all these guys for what you can get, and let the younger guys take over.
1. For Some Reason Other Teams Want Him
After all that, and all that money he is owed, it sounds like teams are still willing to take this guy on. Teams must be desperate, so why not capitalize on that.
He may actually be able to help a contending team, despite his difficiencies. He is a good defender, and when he is on, he can shoot a team to victory.
This would only benefit a team that has a lot of talent. When he’s on fire they can leave him in, when he does what he normally does he can hide behind other players, or they can take him out and not have their leading scorer on the bench.
In Charlotte, if he starts missing shots they really don’t have any other choice but to let him keep firing away. It’s also why they are 18-25. You wonder how much longer Michael Jordan is going to put up with this guy. I'm surprised he has lasted this long.