Charlotte Bobcats: Predicting the Final 15-Man Roster
15 Players Not Named Michael Jordan Who Will Open The Season For The Charlotte Bobcats
The Charlotte Bobcats enter this season with a lot of the same players and the same young core they had last year. This year, however, I expect them to be even better than last, due to having another year of experience under their belt; not to mention they made two big moves this year that improved them immediately after they happened. Last year’s tandem of Bismack Biyombo and Byron Mullens will no longer man the paint for Charlotte. Instead, the rookie Cody Zeller and free agent acquisition Al Jefferson will man the paint, which is a huge upgrade from what they had last year. Mullens is no longer on the team, but Biyombo still is. I feel having Biyombo coming off the bench will make the Bobcats a deeper team than they were last year.
Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeff Taylor were all very good last year for the Bobcats, and with an extra year under their belt, they can be more dangerous and helpful this year. They’re hoping their starting shooting guard, Gerald Henderson, can stay healthier than he was last yearm which would help out Ben Gordon in the long run. If Henderson can stay healthy the majority of the year, it would push Gordon to come off of the bench more often, which is what he’s been great at his entire career. Gordon won’t be the only guard coming off the bench that will help Charlotte, but with Ramon Sessions coming off the bench too, it makes the Bobcats much better than people think.
I mentioned a lot of the players who will make the opening day roster, but let’s take a look at the complete 15-man roster expected to suit up for Charlotte this year. And no, Michael Jordan is not one of them.
Kemba is the clear cut starter, but Sessions is a big time player off of the bench. Pargo has the ability to play in a pinch.
If Gerald can stay healthier this season than he was last year, it'll go a long way in making this particular position deeper for Charlotte. Gordon is far better coming off of the bench, so Henderson's health impacts both of these players.
Both of these players are solid. Currently, Gilchrist is the starter, but Taylor has the ability to push him for some extra playing time this year.
The lack of superior talent at this position tells just about everyone that Cody Zeller better be ready to do big things from day one. McRoberts is a decent option off the bench.
Jefferson is a huge upgrade over Biyombo, but having Bismack come off the bench makes the center position one of the better positions for Charlotte. Brendan Haywood has the capabilities to be the go-to backup if Biyombo struggles early or often.
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