Areas of Strength
The Bobcats have piled up some young talent in recent seasons but none of those youngsters has distinguished himself as a potential All-Star talent at this time, which is an indictment of the Bobcats Draft work more than anything else. When you draft as high as the Bobcats have (at least one top 12 pick in six of the past seven Drafts), there has to be more to show for it than what the Bobcats have on the roster. That said, the Bobcats do have a young nucleus of Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Gerald Henderson and Bismack Biyombo to work with going forward.
The Bobcats need a little work everywhere, in fact, they need a lot of work up and down the roster. The Bobcats are riding the longtime assistant-turned head coach trend with Steve Clifford, who replaces Mike Dunlap. For those of you counting, that's six coaches since the 2006-07 season. And Clifford is taking over an outfit that has compiled a 28-120 record the past two seasons, by far the worst in the league. What the Bobcats need more than anything else, even talent, is stability. There is talk of a name change, back to the Hornets. Whatever distance the Bobcats can put between these lean years and a brighter future will do wonders the franchise and owner Michael Jordan, who has endured more losing since joining the Bobcats that he did throughout the entirety of his playing career ... high school, college and in the NBA. The ultimate competitor, losing the way the Bobcats have during his tenure has to be tearing at every fiber of his being.
Two Stats That Matter
673 -- More minutes Kemba Walker played than his next closest teammate. In just two seasons Walker has proved himself to be a mini-iron man, of sorts, a much more durable "little man" than anyone expected.
8.1 -- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's rebounding average per 36 minutes, which is a robust number for a rookie small forward on a team that struggled on the glass as it was. MKG has the potential to become an elite rebounder at his position.
The Way To Go
As much as the Bobcats or any team picking in the top five would love to add another elite athlete in the top five of the lottery, it's a choice that won't move the needle for this team in the standings, no matter who is available when they are on the clock. That would explain the chatter about the Bobcats entertaining discussions from other teams about trading their pick for an established star and other assets in an effort to jumpstart the rebuilding process that seems to be in full swing every time this year in Charlotte. DeMarcus Cousins is a name that has been mentioned, depending on what the new regime in Sacramento decides to do with its roster. If the Bobcats don't move the pick they need whatever talent falls their way at No. 4.
2012-13 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 98.3 (28th)
Defensive: 108.9 (30th)
G: Kemba Walker
G: Ramon Sessions
F: Tyrus Thomas
F: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
F: Bismack Biyombo
F: Jeff Adrien
F: Jeff Taylor
C: Brendan Haywood
G: Jannero Pargo
G: Ben Gordon (player option)
G/F: Reggie Williams
G/F: Gerald Henderson (restricted)
F: Josh McRoberts
F/C: Byron Mullens (restricted)
C: DeSagana Diop
Recent Draft History
2012: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2), Jeff Taylor (31)
2011: Kemba Walker (9), Tobias Harris (19), Jeremy Tyler (39)
2009: Gerald Henderson (10), Derrick Brown (40), Robert Vaden (54)
2008: D.J. Augustin (9), Alex Ajinca (20), Kyle Weaver (38)
2007: Brandan Wright (8), Jared Dudley (22)
2006: Adam Morrison (3), Ryan Hollins (50)
-- Sekou Smith