On the bright-side, a year after finishing with the league’s worst win percentage in its history, the Charlotte Bobcats currently sit with the seventh most cap space within the NBA – with almost half of it coming off the books after this upcoming year. Add that to the prowess of, owner, Michael Jordan, and the determination of, general manager, Rich Cho, the Bobcats certainly have the means to develop into a playoff-contender sooner than later.
After departing with D.J. Augustin, Boris Diaw, and Corey Maggette this past offseason, the team added the likes of Ben Gordon, Ramon Sessions, and Brendan Heywood in free agency.
Gordon, who may be their team’s best bet offensively, is locked in for at least one season with a thirteen million dollar player option for the following season. As of right now, the money may entice Gordon to stick around for two years, but it still remains hard to project anyone dedicating themselves to a rebuilding team.
Sessions, on the other hand, is locked in for two years – at five million a year. He will likely mesh well with Gordon, and the already set backcourt of Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson.
Henderson is set to become a restricted free agent after this season, making this a make or break season for the Duke swingman.
On the perimeter, the team will feature Reggie Williams, and, their second overall pick in this past summer’s draft, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Both should appreciate the minutes they will be able to play, and look for at least one to step up and impress this season.
Regarding the team’s frontcourt, it appears as if they seem set of developing the duo of Tyrus Thomas and Bismack Biyombo. Neither of them has shown any ability other than taking the opportunity to help on the weak-side by swatting the ball out of play, and the team will need them to each develop a basic post-up game – or Byron Mullens will be playing more than he should; or, they’ll lose time to, defensive stud, Brendan Haywood and all offensive frontcourt possibilities will be thrown out the window.
Thomas is locked in for three years and is the team’s second highest paid player. He is going to need to stay on the court.
If their frontcourt can develop, the Bobcats will actually pack a solid punch offensively. They have a solid core of spot-up shooters, and Sessions can certainly get them the ball.
At the other end of the floor, Kid-Gilchrist has the potential to make the All-Defensive First Team several times throughout his career, so his impact should be felt immediately.
Look for the Bobcats to improve over their terrible year last year; however, it would be shocking if they finished better than thirteenth in the East.