Charlotte Bobcats Rumors: James Southerland Invited to Training Camp, Likely Won’t Make Roster
Among the many problems that the Charlotte Bobcats had over the 2012-2013 NBA season was their three-point shooting. Outside shooting was incredibly scarce for the Bobcats last season as they shot just 33.5 percent from long-range as a team, which ranked only 27th in the league.
The Bobcats have dramatically improved their roster heading into the 2013-2014 season, but most of their additions have aided their frontcourt and not much has been done about their issues from beyond-the-arc. As of right now, their best long-range shooters are probably Ben Gordon and Jeffery Taylor, neither of whom were all that great for Charlotte last season.
The Bobcats seem to be trying to address that issue in a cost-effective way, though. According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, the Bobcats have invited former Syracuse forward James Southerland to training camp and the undrafted rookie accepted the offer.
Last summer with the Orange, Southerland was a solid offensive player and a decent rebounder. In 29.5 minutes per game he averaged 13.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while shooting 45 percent from the floor. More importantly for the interests of the Bobcats, though, Southerland shot a solid 39.8 percent from three in his final season at Syracuse.
Southerland played at the Las Vegas Summer League this year also as member of the Golden State Warriors’ squad. In seven games in Vegas, Southerland didn’t see the floor much and wasn’t impressive when he did. He averaged just four points and 1.7 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per game while shooting just 34.6 percent from the field and only 5-15 from long-range.
Given Southerland’s struggles in Vegas accompanied by a relatively deep wing rotation in Charlotte, it’s hard to imagine Southerland landing a spot on the Bobcats’ roster. He’s going to have to look much better than he did at Summer League at training camp if he wants his NBA career to start this season, with Charlotte at least.