The Charlotte Bobcats are awful on paper. Only the lowly Washington Wizards have a worse NBA record this year and they happen to play in the same division–the Eastern Conference’s Southeast–so the Bobcats aren’t even last at 10-31. I’m not suggesting in any way that fans should be excited with that record, but the Bobcats are two big moves away from being a playoff contender.
First of all, Kemba Walker is turning into the superstar the Bobcats thought they were getting with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. As a rookie, Walker was quietly solid with average numbers (12.1 ppg and 4.4 apg), but he’s taking a big step forward in 2012 (17.4 ppg, 5.8 apg and 3.3 rpg) and should do so again in 2013 with a little help at the right positions.
The Bobcats have two solid pieces in Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist that were both added in the last two lotteries and Charlotte will have yet another such pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. If Michael Jordan can find a legit big man to pair with his two ball-handlers, the Bobcats will have their own Big Three–a young big three–to start building for the future. It worked for the Oklahoma City Thunder, who had a roster that consisted of only player under the age of 24 during their first real playoff run.
Obviously, it will take more than just those three players (granted the third is added this year) but the Bobcats have two pieces that can be special if, and only if, Jordan brings in proper help for them.