Josh McRoberts is Not the Answer at Power Forward for Charlotte Hornets

Jeremy Brevard- USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Brevard- USA TODAY Sports

In the 2013 NBA Draft the Charlotte Hornets drafted Cody Zeller to be their power forward for the future with the fourth overall pick. Unfortunately for the Hornets, Zeller wasn’t quite ready for that task and didn’t win the starting power forward job. Instead head coach Steve Clifford decided veteran forward Josh McRoberts would be the starting power forward for the season. McRoberts did a decent job but ideally should be replaced in the starting lineup.

McRoberts started all 78 contest that he played in for the Hornets last year and averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in 30 minutes per game. McRoberts was a do it all type player but wasn’t particularly great at any aspect of his game. McRoberts did all the little things for the Hornets, but played way too big of a role for the team as its full-time starter.

McRoberts did whatever was needed for the Hornets. The Hornets needed a facilitator on offense, so McRoberts ran a lot of the offensive sets for the team. The Hornets needed floor spacing, so McRoberts spent extra time on the perimeter and took half of his shots from the three-point line (he shot 36 percent from three). Whatever the team needed from McRoberts he delivered as one of the best glue guys in the league.

Unfortunately for the Hornets and McRoberts, his best efforts just simply aren’t enough for this team to be a contender out in the East. The Hornets will be better off getting a true stretch power forward to start alongside Al Jefferson. As for McRoberts, he should be more effective in a reserve role. McRoberts did a decent job as a fill in starter, but in order for the Hornets to succeed, McRoberts can’t be a starter anymore.

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  • Conner David Boyd

    Oh God, shut up. We would’ve lost about 10 more games if it weren’t for McBob. He’s an excellent point forward, and having Zeller come off the bench behind him and Big Al is perfect right now for Cody as he continues to develop. Until then, McRoberts spreads the floor, has incredibly high BBIQ, creates plays, shoots well, and makes a lot of passes that not many big men can make. Add a good shooter at SG (Stauskas), and try to move up in the draft to get Adreian Payne. I know Payne is another big man, but he can play both PF/C and shot over 42% from three-point range this past season at Michigan State. He also has a 7’4″ wingspan and is insanely athletic.

    tl;dr—McBob IS the answer at PF for the Hornets right now. Let Zeller continue to develop, draft Payne, and then start moving away from McBob as a 30 MPG starter.