All this talk of the Charlotte Bobcats drafting a big inside player like Alex Len or Cody Zeller might have Byron Mullens wondering if no one paid attention to what he did for the team last season.
He would be right; they don’t remember. Mullens, when he stayed healthy and was available for the Bobcats, didn’t play badly as a forward and center at all.
In his fourth NBA season, Mullens averaged 10.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists during 26.9 minutes per game.
He struggled late in the season before finally calling it quits for the year, and he hopes to recapture his stuff at the start of the 2013-14 season.
What Mullens has to realize is the Bobcats need someone who can play more than 53 games of an 82-game regular season schedule, regardless of the circumstances. Mullens has shown that he can get the job done.
But if the Bobcats do bring in a big guy and Mullens stays heathy and wants to play a regular role in the lineup, it’s up to coach Steve Clifford to find a way to get playing time for everyone. He can’t figure that anyone will play a full 82. Anyone that’s playing well and is helping the team will obviously stay in the lineup. Mullens will keep playing if he keeps producing and stays healthy.
A rookie, whether it’s Len or Zeller, isn’t going to be able to give a lot of minutes while they learn the ropes. That’s why Mullens will need to be used more heavily.