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Can the Bobcats escape obscurity in 2013?

Can the Bobcats escape obscurity in 2013?

By: Travis Thayer (@TheTravisThayer)

2012-13 Record: 21-61

Projected 2013-14 Finish: 5th in the Southeast

Projected Starting Lineup

Kemba Walker, PG
Gerald Henderson, SG
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF
(R) Cody Zeller, PF
Al Jefferson, C

Key Reserves

Ben Gordon, G
Ramon Sessions, G
Jeffery Taylor, F
Bismack Biyombo, F

Strengths

If you look back at the 2012 Charlotte Bobcats you will see that they didn’t have any strengths at all.  If you look at their projected starting lineup you will see some familiar names.  Their lineup looks like a college All-Star team, and at times that’s how they play.  The Bobcats deserve the benefit of the doubt because they are such a young team.  The Bobcats expect rookie Cody Zeller and veteran Al Jefferson to improve upon a frontline that couldn’t score in the paint a year ago.  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist looks like a young Scottie Pippen, but he’ll need 50-year-old Michael Jordan to come down from his suite to make this team watchable.

Weaknesses

Where to start?  The Bobcats were awful in all aspects of the game last year.  They were 26th in scoring and 29th in points allowed last season, and that was out of 30 teams.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that if you give up more than you score, you’re not going to win many games.  Add that to the fact that they were 29th in assists and 27th in rebounding, and you can see why the Bobcats struggle.  The Bobcats should look to improve on at least one of those categories in 2013.  That way they can feel like they accomplished something because it’s going to be a long year in Charlotte.

Outcome

The only way the Bobcats are anywhere close to respectable is if Zeller and Jefferson dominate down low.  Zeller has to prove he can consistently hit a mid-range jump shot, as well as get physical with the bigger power forwards in the league.  Zeller looks like another classic draft miscue by Michael Jordan, and if all else fails maybe we’ll see good ole’ Mike come down from his suite to placate his ego and play one game as a 50-year-old.  He might as well because that’s the only way anybody is ever going to watch the Bobcats.

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