The Charlotte Bobcats and any kind of success have been quite distant from each other over the past two seasons and, in actuality, since the inception of the franchise as an NBA expansion team. In short, they have been one of the most poorly operated and poorly producing franchises in the entire league.
However, they took two major steps in trying to change their fortunes heading into this season. The Bobcats were able to sign arguable the biggest free-agent in the history of their organization this summer when they agreed to a deal with center Al Jefferson, as well as drafting one of the most pro-ready rookies in this year’s draft class in forward Cody Zeller.
Obviously it’s still pretty far-fetched to think that Bobcats are a playoff team this year or anything and Vegas agrees. According to the lines set by Bovada, Charlotte’s over/under win-total for the 2013-14 NBA season is set at only a meager 26.5 wins. Given the fact that their combined win-total from the past two seasons (28) barely eclipses that mark, that would probably be classified as a success in the Bobcats’ book.
In my book, I see the Bobcats having success and hitting the over this season. Let’s not get anything misconstrued: this team still has a ton of issues, particularly on the defensive end. However, their biggest weakness over the past few seasons has been the play of their frontcourt on both ends of the floor, which is something that the additions of Jefferson and Zeller help address, offensively address.
When you throw in another year of development for guard Kemba Walker and reserve wing Jeffery Taylor, it’s clear there is talent and potential on this roster. Also, the addition of Steve Clifford as Charlotte’s new head coach could be a bigger improvement than people think.
If I’m projecting optimistically, this Bobcats squad feels like a 30-win team to me. They aren’t going to be postseason-bound with that record, but they also show signs of turning the franchise around like they are trying to do. Even if they fall just a bit short of 30 wins, though, the Bobcats should still be able to hit the over.