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5 Questions the Charlotte Bobcats Must Answer This Offseason

5 Questions the Charlotte Bobcats Must Answer This Offseason

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After two years of being regarded as an NBA wasteland, the Charlotte Bobcats are finally playing meaningful games in April. The Bobcats have talent to make some noise in their first-round match-up against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. But what do the Bobcats have to accomplish this offseason to continue their climb up the Eastern Conference standings? Let's find out.

5. How Can Team Grow Fan Support?

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5. How Can Team Grow Fan Support?

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Putting a playoff quality product on the court helps. But the reality is, even though the Bobcats are in the playoffs, the Charlotte region has been lukewarm to the Bobcats ever since the new incarnation. A name change to the original Hornets generated an incredible amount of buzz, and if this team continues to improve, the Bobcats/Hornets may be the hottest ticket in town again.

4. Should Al Jefferson Get A Long-Term Deal?

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4. Should Al Jefferson Get A Long-Term Deal?

Al Jefferson, Charlotte Bobcats
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Jefferson proved to be just what the Bobcats needed, as he posted a stellar season in teaming up with Kemba Walker in leading the Cats back to the playoffs. But he was signed on the cheap, and the Cats front office will soon have to decide if Jefferson is worth a bigger contract.

3. Is Gary Neal The Sixth Man Of The Future?

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3. Is Gary Neal The Sixth Man Of The Future?

Gary Neal, Charlotte Bobcats
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After a rocky start, Neal warmed up to his new hometown after seeing that the Bobcats were not the same-old Bobcats. But the question looming over the team is whether or not Neal wants to stay in the Queen City to be part of the Cats' resurgence. That question must be answered this summer.

2. Will MKG Develop Any Offensive Skills?

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Bobcats
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2. Will MKG Develop Any Offensive Skills?

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Bobcats
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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is one tough cookie on defense. But if the Cats are to continue to have success in the future, MKG must develop an offensive game to make himself a threat in the offseason.

1. Can The Cats Lock Up Kemba Walker Long-Term?

Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats
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1. Can The Cats Lock Up Kemba Walker Long-Term?

Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats
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Even more important for Charlotte this summer is working out a long-term deal for Kemba Walker, who finally came into his own this season and is poised to take the next step in being mentioned as one of the game's best point guards. Keeping Walker in Charlotte for the foreseeable future is critical if the Cats want to continue to be a threat in the Eastern Conference for years to come.