When the NBA trade deadline rolled around on February 21, the Bobcats worked out a deal with the Orlando Magic to bring Josh McRoberts to Charlotte in a trade for Hakim Warrick. McRoberts had spent the earlier portion of the season playing a supporting role from the Magic’s bench, but after arriving in Charlotte he brought some much-needed balance upfront for the Bobcats.
When asked about his transition to the Bobcats McRoberts admitted, “I wasn’t getting much of a chance (in Orlando) because I wasn’t part of the future plans there…I was excited for a fresh start here in Charlotte.” Along with McRoberts increased presence on the court, he also saw nearly all of his stats grow bringing his field goal percentage up from .392 to .505, more than doubled his rebounds with an increase from 3.3 to 7.2, nearly tripled his scoring total from 3.9 to 9.3 and understandably saw his playing time nearly double from 16.7 to 30.8 minutes.
McRoberts Career Stats and Totals
Following his move to the Bobcats in February, McRoberts saw the best numbers he’s put up since his 2010 season with the Indiana Pacers, including several career highs. In the season closer against Cleveland McRoberts showed up, scoring a season- and career-high-tying 20 points. Playing the part of the humble solider, McRoberts told WFNZ’s Taylor Zarzour, “(I’m) excited when we can get wins, if double-digit stats are what helps the team get wins, then I’m good with that.”
Also this season, McRoberts surpassed his previous highs to achieve career numbers with seven free throws on March 9 in Washington and nine assists on April 1 in Milwaukee. Perhaps as a show of faith in his contributions to the team, he also saw the most minutes of his career with 43 on April 3 against Philadelphia.
Just seven games after being acquired from the Orlando Magic, McRoberts fought his way into the Bobcats starting lineup on March 9 in Washington. The game ended in a Cats loss but might have been the encouragement McRoberts needed to lift the team. McRoberts continued on as a full-time starter for the duration of the season and lifted the Bobcats win percentage from 20 percent to 42 percent after his addition to the starting lineup. When asked about his increase in minutes McRoberts explained, “It’s good for me, great for me, everybody wants to play 48 minutes.” After seeing only three starts with the Magic before coming to Charlotte, McRoberts certainly saw his stats climb and finished the year with 22 starts, the most since his 2010 season.
March 9 Wells Fargo Game Recap vs. Washington (McRoberts First Start)
I don’t know about bringing May flowers, but it was certainly raining for Josh McRoberts in April – raining baskets that is. With numbers that speak for themselves, April was a standout month for McRoberts and helped end the Bobcats season on a high note. In April McRoberts averaged 39.3 minutes, 11.9 points and 9.3 rebounds while shooting 52.5 percent from the field, 91.0 percent from the free-throw line and 37.5 percent from long range. With the season ending on an upswing for McRoberts, it’s interesting to consider what he could have done with a full season in Charlotte.
April 12 Wells Fargo Game Recap vs. Detroit
April 13 Wells Fargo Game Recap vs. New York
April 17 Wells Fargo Game Recap vs. Cleveland
From Portland to Indiana, Indiana to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to Orlando and Orlando to Charlotte - McRoberts has seen the inside of more locker rooms in five years than some professional players see their whole careers. His longest stint to date ended in 2011 after three seasons with the Indiana Pacers.
Following the 2012-13 season McRoberts became an unrestricted free agent, so what about returning to Charlotte? In an April post-game interview McRoberts responded to inquiries about the possibility of finding a more permanent home in Charlotte by saying, “We’ll see, I think I was given a great opportunity and I tried to make the most of it.”
Video: Josh McRoberts 4/17/13
DON’T CALL ME McBOB
It was “the McBob revolution,” or at least that’s what WFNZ’s Taylor Zarzour called the practice that had fans tweeting #McBob this season in recognition of McRoberts after a stellar play. “I hate that nickname,” was McRoberts' go-to response when asked about the moniker, but always the good sport, he followed up by telling Zarzour good-heartedly, “I’ve been called much worse things than that so I’ll roll with it if that’s what people want to call me.” This leaves an opening for fans to get creative with a new signature name for McRoberts or perhaps gives him some time to get used to it if fans deem it is here to stay.
Video: Taylor’s Take – McRoberts