When Steve Clifford came into the 2013-14 NBA season as the new head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, he came in promising to improve the defense of this team. The Bobcats ranked as one of the worst defensive teams in the league under Mike Dunlap last season, something that Clifford wanted to change to help get this team headed in a different and more positive direction.
Clifford’s motives for wanting to improve the defense were quite wise. He looked at his team of young and developing players and knew that they weren’t going to be able to outscore teams on a nightly basis. Playing solid defense was a much better recipe for success than trying to win games through their offense.
While Charlotte’s defense has improved to a top-10 unit in the NBA, this Bobcats team has struggled mightily offensively. Currently, the Bobcats rank as the 28th team in terms of offensive efficiency, putting up only 97.3 points per 100 possessions.
One of the biggest problems with the Bobcats’ offense this season is their lack of outside shooting. The Bobcats are shooting just 33.8 percent from three as a team this season and average the second fewest makes per game from long-range at just 5.3. In fact, Anthony Tolliver and Chris Douglas-Roberts are the only two Bobcats players shooting over 36.5 percent from beyond-the-arc.
With the trade deadline looming in just about a month and the Bobcats still in the playoff race in the East, it’ll be interesting to see if the Bobcats make a move to try and address their outside shooting problems this season or if they maintain the status quo and address the issue in free agency. Either way, the Bobcats aren’t going to reach their full potential until they start becoming more prolific from the perimeter offensively.