Charlotte Bobcats: 5 Reasons Why Your Favorite Team Will Suck in 2013-14
Charlotte Bobcats: 5 Reasons Why Your Favorite Team Will Suck in 2013-2014
Now for all you Charlotte Bobcats fans out there that were hoping this was gonna be your year, I'm sorry. Because the truth of the matter is you still have a long way to go before you can even consider yourselves a playoff contender. I know, the truth hurts sometimes.
I do hate to be the barer of bad news, but when you look at the statistics, they just don't add up to a championship anytime soon.
As the Bobcats have boasted some of the worst records in NBA history, it's hard to believe that any fan could get excited about this very subpar squad.
However, with the recent acquisitions of Al Jefferson and Ben Gordon to accompany new comers Cody Zeller and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, you may have something to cheer about this season. But the truth is you have to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. What I'm referring to is the acquisitions of some of the other NBA superpowers across the league.
For instance, the Eastern Conference was possibly one of the busiest its ever been this offseason. With the return of Derrick Rose to the Chicago Bulls to Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce leaving the Boston Celtics to become a part of the newly-reformed Brooklyn Nets; there were superstars flying left and right. Then you have Paul George and the Indiana Pacers quickly becoming a superpower, and of course, we can't forget about the rebuilt Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and two-time champion Miami Heat.
With all these powerhouse teams on the rise, it leaves very little room for teams like Charlotte to grow, who will eventually rise to become a playoff contender, just not this year. I mean, look how long it took Cleveland to rebuild after the departure of LeBron James?
You must be patient Charlotte fans, this year is not your year, and here are a few reasons why.
I think head coach Steve Clifford's face says it all. In the past three seasons, the Charlotte Bobcats have gone a combined 62-168. The inexperience on this roster is one of the key components contributing to this lack of success. For their most experienced vet is Brendan Haywood, who rode Dirk Nowitzki's coattail all the way to the 2011 NBA Finals, while playing a meager 15.3 minutes per game and averaging a pedestrian 3.1 points per game. Of the rest of the team, only two players have made it past the first round of the playoffs and most haven't played in a single playoff game. Did I mention this will be Clifford's second season as a head coach? Oh yeah, must've forgotten to mention that.
No. 4-Best Player Averages > 18 Points/Game
Although I see Kemba Walker as a star of the future, I think he needs to average 20-plus points a game for the Bobcats to even start thinking about a winning season. As of last year, the Bobcats had five players scoring in the double-digits, but not a single one of them averaged more than 18 points a game. Walker leads three of the top-five categories with points (17.7), assists (5.7) and steals (2.0). Now if Charlotte would like to see themselves as a competitive team this season, someone needs to rise up and become an All Star besides Walker, who is currently carrying the team on his back.
No. 3-Worst Point Differential in Entire NBA Last Season
For those who know absolutely nothing about the game of basketball, they know that whoever scores the most points wins the game. Somebody must've forgotten to mention that to the Charlotte Bobcats. Last season the Cats were last in the league in point differential at -9.3, meaning they were losing most games by an average of almost 10 points per game. Now it doesn't help that they were second worst in both offensive and defensive production last season, as well. Truly, the Cats were coming apart at all seams last year.
No. 2-Haven't Made Playoffs in Three Years
Now for some teams, this is a rebuilding year, but can you really say that when you haven't made the playoffs in three-consecutive seasons? Some say it's a step-by-step process by which you continue to get better every game and make small victories along the way. But let's be real, if you don't make the playoffs, that's considered a failure of a season, plain and simple. The ultimate goal for any team is to win a championship, but when that seems unattainable, the playoffs seem like a much simpler task. Heck, over half the teams in the league make the playoffs, and some do so without a winning record! But when you continuously finish last in the entire NBA, it makes it hard to accomplish that feat.
No. 1-Hold Record For Worst Win Percentage in NBA History
Most Charlotte Bobcats fans will defend their squad and say that it was a shortened season and the team wasn't quite ready, but there is no excuse for an abysmal .106 winning percentage. The 2011-12 season was a tough one for the Cats, as they finished last in the NBA, with a 7-59 record. I guess they could've been thankful that it wasn't an 82 game season in which their winning percentage could've dropped below 10 percent. Now the Cats did improve to an "astounding" 21 wins last season, but then again, they did lose the other 61 games of the season. And their winning percentage did improve to .245, so hopefully this season they'll see it rise to somewhere in the 30-percent range; it's hopeful, but unlikely. Poor Cats.