Grading Each NBA Team’s Offseason- Charlotte Bobcats

Posted: 08/06/2012 by levcohen in Basketball
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Key Additions: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (draft), Ben Gordon (trade), Ramon Sessions (FA), Brendan Haywood (amnesty claim), Jeff Taylor (draft), Mike Dunlap (coach)

Key Losses: D.J. Augustin (FA), Corey Maggette (trade), Jamario Moon (FA), D.J. White (FA), Paul Silas (coach)

Grade: C

The Bobcats were by far the worst team in the NBA last season, and their FA additions don’t look like they will make them much better this season. They traded Maggette for Gordon and a lottery protected first round pick (likely 2014), which to me is a bad trade. While Gordon is (arguably) a better player, he still has a lot of money on his contract. Most teams who are bad have the correct tendency to shed cap space (so to able to spend more in future FA), but the Bobcats have done the opposite. Adding a first round pick doesn’t seem like enough to take on that big Gordon contract. They also claimed Brendan Haywood in the amnesty auction for 2 M. He is a solid backup, but really just a mediocre player. Their biggest free agent signing was when they signed Ramon Sessions to a great deal. 2 years for 10 million. Sessions is a PG upgrade over DJ Augustin in nearly every category (other than passing). Sessions will give them another scoring option. One good thing about being bad is your high draft pick. The Bobcats, after shockingly finishing second in the lottery (costing them Anthony Davis), snagged a not too shabby (but a lot worse than Davis) Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Kidd-Gilchrist will automatically add a winning attitude and leadership. While he isn’t a star, he would be a solid third piece on a championship team. On the Bobcats, he could be one of their top offensive threats, but he should make his mark as a defender. Things are looking a little better for the future. They have some good young players in Bismack Biyombo, MKG, Gerald Henderson, and Kemba Walker. The Bobcats will be a favorite to be the worst team in the NBA again, but they are on the right track and have a solid core in  Biyombo-Gordon-MKG-Sessions-Walker.

Last year starting lineup:
PG: Augustin
SG: Walker
SF: Maggette
PF: Tyrus Thomas
C: BJ Mullens

This year projected lineup:
PG: Sessions
SG: Gordon
SF: Kidd-Gilchrist
PF: Biyombo
C: Mullens

Projected 12 man active roster:
PG: Sessions, Walker
SG: Gordon, Henderson, Jeff Taylor
SF: Kidd-Gilchrist, Reggie Williams
PF: Biyombo, Thomas
C: Mullens, Haywood, DaSanga Diop

Projected minutes breakdown:
PG: Sessions (32), Walker (16)
SG: Gordon (26), Henderson (15), Walker (5), Taylor (2)
SF: Kidd-Gilchrist (31), Williams (10), Henderson (6), Taylor (1)
PF: Biyombo (24), Thomas (18), Williams (6)
C: Mullens (20), Haywood (20), Biyombo (4), Diop (4)

Projected minutes for each player (not accurate. team will usually play 9 or 10 guys each game. Diop, Taylor [and someone else] will often not play. so guys in the middle of the pack here will probably get 3-5 minutes more per game.)

Sessions: 32
Kidd-Gilchrist: 31
Biyombo: 28
Gordon: 26
Walker: 21- more realistically 24
Henderson: 21- more realistically 24
Mullens: 20- more realistically 23
Haywood: 20- more realistically 23
Thomas: 18- MR 20
Williams: 16
Diop: 4
Taylor: 3

Last year’s stats for each player:
Sessions: 11.5 points, 5.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds per game
MKG: COLLEGE
Biyombo: 5 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks per game
Gordon: 12.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game (52 games played, injured rest of season)
Walker: 12 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1 steal per game
Henderson: 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1 steal per game (55 games played, injured)
Mullens: 9.5 points, 5 rebounds per game
Haywood: 5 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block per game (54 games played, DNP coaches decision rest of season)
Thomas: 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block per game (54 games played, DNP CD rest of season)
Williams: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists (33 games played, DNP CD 20 games, injured 13 games)
Diop: 1 point, 3 rebounds per game (27 games played, DNP CD rest of season)
Taylor: COLLEGE

Minutes bottom line: Diop and Taylor will not play a lot. I believe that CHA will go 8 or 9 deep for most of the season. The locks to play every game (if healthy) are:
Sessions, MKG, Biyombo, Gordon, Walker, Henderson, Haywood. So Mullens, Thomas and Williams will also get a handful of DNP coaches decision’s.

Each player’s strengths:
Sessions: scoring, passing
MKG: defense, rebounds, leadership, winning attitude
Biyombo: blocks, defense, rebounds, athleticism
Gordon: 3 point shooting, scoring, free throws
Walker: passing, rebounding, scoring
Henderson: slasher, scorer, rebounds
Mullens: depth, size, scoring
Haywood: depth, size, defense, rebounding
Thomas: depth, blocks
Williams: outside shooting, scoring off the bench
Diop: depth
Taylor: athleticism, defense, size for a guard

Each player’s weaknesses:
Sessions: outside shooting, shooting
MKG: offense
Biyombo: offense, passing
Gordon: health, defense
Walker: shooting, outside shooting
Henderson: Outside shooting (.2 made threes per game, for under 30 % is AWFUL for anyone, especially a guard)
Mullens: passing, defense, blocks
Haywood: shooting, scoring, FT
Thomas: rebounds, passing
Williams: everything other than outside shooting
Diop: everything
Taylor: ball handling, NBA range

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