3 Bold Predictions for the Charlotte Bobcats in 2011-12

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IDecember 24, 2011

3 Bold Predictions for the Charlotte Bobcats in 2011-12

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    The Charlotte Bobcats are approaching the upcoming 2011-12 NBA season with a young roster led by rookie Kemba Walker and veteran forward Corey Maggette. Walker and DJ Augustin will be working in the backcourt, while Maggette, Boris Diaw and rookie Bismack Biyombo will be looking to hold down the fort in the frontcourt.

    With that being said, listed below are three bold predictions for the Bobcats during the 2011-12 NBA season that begins in less than 24 hours!

    So let’s get started!

Kemba Walker Will Win the Rookie of the Year Award

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    With the Bobcats in a rebuilding mode, rookie guard Kemba Walker will be given a lot of playing time this season. Whether that is going to be splitting time with DJ Augustin at the point guard spot or splitting time with Gerald Henderson at the shooting guard spot remains to be seen.

    Head coach Paul Silas may even look to shake things up some more by playing both Augustin and Walker together in the backcourt, which could make things interesting for opposing teams, especially on the defensive end.

If Healthy, Corey Maggette Could Have an All-Star Season

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    The Charlotte Bobcats acquired veteran forward Corey Maggette from the Milwaukee Bucks in a three-team trade also involving the Sacramento Kings on draft day. Maggette has shown repeatedly the ability to be an offensive weapon during his NBA career and will get the opportunity to do so with the young Bobcats team.

    With a career scoring average of 16.2 points, five rebounds and 2.1 assists per game and the ability to get to the free-throw line at a consistent rate, Maggette has the potential to become the leader of this Charlotte team. The hope is that if things with Maggette work out for the better this season, more free agents will want to play for the Bobcats in the future.

The Bobcats Will Continue to Get Younger

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    The Bobcats have a very young team and will continue to acquire younger players in order to stay young, until they can find a good core group to build around for the next so many years. Also, do not be shocked to see Walker and Biyombo get more playing time over the veterans, in order for them to gain as much “experience” as possible.

    Veterans Eduardo Najera, Matt Carroll and DeSagana Diop (making a comeback after a severe injury) could be moved during the season, possibly in exchange for draft picks in the upcoming 2012 draft (a supposedly deep draft).