Now a 12-year NBA veteran, Charlotte Bobcats center Brendan Haywood has experienced everything in the NBA. He has been a starter, a bench player, an NBA champion, an irrelevant player and an important player. This year, Charlotte is hoping he can be a successful bench player.
Last year with the Cats, Haywood averaged 3.5 points points a game, 4.8 rebounds a game and shot .431 from the field. This was an example of a season where he was irrelevant. A few examples of years when he was an important player was when he was on the 2011 Dallas Mavericks championship team where he averaged 4.4 points a game, five rebounds a game, and shot .574 from the field in a reduced role.
One reason why Haywood wasn’t too effective last season was that he wasn’t really too much of a scoring threat in the low post for Charlotte. So where am I going with this? Well, we can conclude Haywood is a very streaky player, and that is not what the Bobcats are looking to see from him this season.
Haywood started 17 games out of 61 total games he played last year. There is no chance he will get a start this season, that role is in sole possession of former Utah Jazz big man Al Jefferson.
So what will Haywood need to do for this team in the upcoming 2013-14 NBA season? He will need to provide solid minutes off the bench in his small role when either Jefferson or the young and talented Bismack Biyombo are getting some rest on the bench. If Haywood can control that small role and put up decent numbers in that time, I guarantee he won’t be an irrelevant player this year.