The Charlotte Bobcats went into training camp in the NBA preseason like many teams do, with a roster much bigger than the 15-man limit that they have to get down to for the regular season. However, after their first few preseason games, the Bobcats roster has slimmed down and now is looking closer to what it will appear as this season.
On Friday, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reported that invites Abdul Gaddy and Troy Daniels had both been cut from the Bobcats roster. Bonnell later added on Twitter that the Bobcats cutting those two players was kind to their future as they could potentially make another team’s roster.
Though another camp-invite, former ninth-overall pick Patrick O’Bryant, is still on the Bobcats’ roster, the fact that he hasn’t played a single minute doesn’t bode well for his chances, even with the injury to Brendan Haywood that will sideline the veteran center for three months.
Looking at the rest of Charlotte’s roster, though, this team closely resembles what I expect their final roster to look like. The obvious guys like Kemba Walker, Al Jefferson and Cody Zeller are there, as well as several others that fall into that category.
There are a couple of guys that could be waived or sent to the D-League, including players like James Southerland, Jannero Pargo or even Jeff Adrien, a guy who played big minutes for them last season.
A lot of how the Bobcats roster will look for the regular season will depen on if they sign a replacement for Haywood and/or Jefferson if Jefferson’s ankle injury keeps him out for longer than anticipated. If I had to guess, though, the team that the Bobcats currently have in the preseason is near identical to the one they’ll have for the 82-game season.