|2011-12 Team Rating|
|30 Overall||29 Overall|
Stats through Feb. 16
A potpourri of tweeners, underachievers and over-the-hill types dominates this unit. Bismack Biyombo has talent, but could any frontcourt guy here start for any other team?
Clearly the strength of the club, which isn't saying much. The Bobcats get good stretches from Gerald Henderson, D.J. Augustin and rookie Kemba Walker, who gets starter's minutes.
The Bobcats lack toughness. The hope is Biyombo becomes a stopper, except he remains raw and years away. Tyrus Thomas will block a shot or two but remains inconsistent.
Byron Mullens had a brief-but-promising spell as a starter before falling off a cliff. Same goes for D.J. White. DeSagana Diop, Eduardo Najera and Matt Carroll are either old or just plain limited.
The game hasn't passed Paul Silas by; he just needs something to work with. Sadly, the proud 68-year-old coach is just a helpless foreman riding out this construction project.
Hopefully, Michael Jordan and his front office are spending more time studying the college game than Bobcats games. This is without question the most talent-challenged team in the league, with veterans (Corey Maggette, Boris Diaw, DeSagana Diop, Eduardo Najera) who have little left.
Everyone knew rebuilding could get ugly for the Bobcats this season, and those projections have proven correct. A losing streak of more than 15 games, frequent blowouts and outright stinkers have rendered the Bobcats a losing team that's also not interesting to watch, either. The dreaded double-whammy.
The Bobcats are praying Kemba Walker doesn't get too discouraged by what can only be a jarring experience for him, coming off leading UConn to the national championship. He and Gerald Henderson are the only players on the roster who will probably be solidly productive in two seasons. By then, for their sake, the Bobcats better nail their next two lottery picks. Yes, two picks. At the rate this is going, they'll have a high pick in the summer of 2013, too.
-- Shaun Powell
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||C-|
|Los Angeles Clippers||B|
|Los Angeles Lakers||B-|
|New Jersey Nets||D|
|New Orleans Hornets||F|
|New York Knicks||C+|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B-|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|