Charlotte Bobcats’ Josh McRoberts Proving He is Still Relevent

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If someone was to tell you Josh McRoberts was going to be one of the top players for the Charlotte Bobcats this season on opening night, would you have believed them? That assessment is slowly becoming a reality as the often overlooked McRoberts has become one of the most productive guys in the Cats’ lineup.

It’s not just the stats that have impressed and surprised the Bobcats fan base; it’s also the great consistency and underrated nature that make the 2007 second round draft pick such an enjoyable player to watch. If points aren’t coming easy from him one night, rebounds are. If rebounds aren’t coming easy for him one night, assists are. What does that have to do with anything regarding his relevancy this season? Everything.

His constant balanced stat lines and game to game success are proving to NBA fans that the often seldom talked about McRoberts is still an impact player.  What does a stat line really prove? Now just listing stats is something anyone can do, but dissecting each and every statistic can get the point across. That is exactly what I am going to do right here.

8.3 points a game (7th on team), 5.3 rebounds (4th on team), and 4.3 assists (team leader) are the stats we have seen from the 6-foot-10 power forward so far into the season. What can that prove to you? Balance. Wait, have I brought that up already? Yes, yes I have. I’m going to emphasize it again just so it can get through your head. Balance in stats and contributions to the team are the key reasons why McRoberts (an often non-discussed player) is proving he is relevant in the world of NBA basketball.

17 games, 17 games started for McRoberts. The team leading 4.3 assists (a power forward leading the team in assists is just wow) along with the solid rebound and point averages are all making such an impact for the Cats this season. Every game you can always find one great aspect of his performances. He is putting up such great numbers that speak much more. He is the great sleeper of the NBA.

What is a sleeper? A player someone believes is going to have a breakout season or do much more than anyone once suspected. McRoberts greatly meets that statement. He is having a breakout season even this far into his career. He is doing much more for the Cats this season than any NBA fan suspected when opening night tipped off. What do each of those claims prove? Not only is he the great definition of a sleeper, but he is still a relevant player in the association.

Daniel Carney covers the Charlotte Bobcats for rantsports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_jcarney, subscribe to him on YouTube where he talks sports, and add him on Google+.

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