When the Charlotte Bobcats decided to suddenly sign fifth year swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts, it was clearly an attempt to build depth at the forward position. At first, it seemed CDR would receive a solid role in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist‘s absence, and he did for that short given time.
Now with the former second overall pick back in the lineup, it looks as if Douglas-Roberts’ time as a solid bench contributor will be over. It’s time for him to get back on the bench.
The Bobcats were not missing MKG’s offense as much as his defensive presence. With him back in the starting lineup, the Cats once again have another reliable defensive presence that will help take down top competition just like he did against prolific scorer Carmelo Anthony earlier this week.
Douglas-Roberts signed with the Bobcats on Dec. 11, 2013 in an effort to create depth at the small forward position with Kidd-Gilchrist, as well as Jeff Taylor (earlier declared out for the season) out of the lineup.
Not much was truly expected from the former second round pick when he was brought in. During his significant role with the team when only two SF’s were on the roster, CDR had some highs as well as lows.
He received four starts and an average of 20 minutes in his first 14 games with Charlotte. Sadly for the former Memphis Tiger, that minute average will quickly deteriorate. He most notably posted a season high 20 points in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
With their prime starter back in the lineup (MKG) and Anthony Tolliver standing firmly as the back up, it will be hard for Douglas-Roberts to receive any significant minutes with the Cats unless another unneeded injury occurs to an SF.
After playing just four total minutes in the past two games, it is a signal that his time as a bench warmer has once again returned.