The Charlotte Bobcats have actually had a solid 2013 NBA off-season, despite the criticism of their selection of Cody Zeller in the 2013 NBA Draft. The addition of Al Jefferson, the amnesty of Tyrus Thomas and the re-signing of Josh McRoberts all make for improvements in Charlotte going forward.
As the Bobcats prepare to put some of their young players into action and to give guys the opportunity to make the roster at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, eyes are obviously going to be on bigger-named guys like Bismack Biyombo and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to see if they have showed any improvement. However, one unheralded name that could earn himself a roster spot is guard Nick Barbour.
Barbour played his college ball at High Point University and went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft. In his last year at HPU, Barbour averaged 20.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and a stunning 48.4 percent from beyond-the-arc.
Barbour spent last season playing for Ourense in Spain. In 31 games he averaged 14.6 points, two rebounds and one steal per game. He also continued to show his three-point shooting ability as he shot 44.5 percent from long-range.
One of the many weaknesses with Charlotte last year was their outside shooting. Their best outside shooter was Ben Gordon, who is no longer an effective NBA player and didn’t do a great job of showing that he’s a deep threat.
Given their struggles, the Bobcats could really stand to infuse some young talented shooters to their team. Not only could Barbour be a player that could provide that, but he would also come at a bargain price that would allow Charlotte to possibly make another free-agent signing. Summer League is Barbour’s chance to make a name for himself, so it will be interesting to see how he performs.