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Posted 07 July 2013 - 10:27 AM

Well, I can see that the Bobcats are no where near as popular as the Panthers in the Huddle (or in Charlotte) from the lack of excitement, information, and positive opinions, but Tom Sorenson---even though it's his job---is feeding Bobcat fans a load of...hope for the future. In his latest piece, Sorenson says the Bobcats could be "formidable" in a couple of years.



Your probable 2013-14 Charlotte Bobcatsstarting lineup:

Point guard – Kemba Walker;

Shooting guard – Gerald Henderson (assuming he re-signs);

Center – Al Jefferson;

Power forward – Cody Zeller;

Small forward – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

It looks like an NBA starting lineup.





Signing Jefferson gives them credibility they’ve never had. Since Bob Johnson bought the team in 2004, the Bobcats have had a reputation for being cheap, and they earned it. They didn’t spend money on free agents. They hired obscure first-year coaches such as Sam Vincent and Mike Dunlap, who probably made in a year what Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski makes in the time it took to write this sentence.


Paying Jefferson $13.5 million a season proves they’re not cheap.





The 2013-14 Bobcats won’t be as good as the 2009-10 Bobcats. Starters on the only Charlotte team to make the playoffs were Raymond Felton and Stephen Jackson at guard, Gerald Wallace and Boris Diaw at forward and Theo Ratliff at center.

But those Bobcats were veterans, and as good as they would get.

Jefferson is 28, Henderson 25, Walker 23, Zeller 22 and Kidd-Gilchrist 19.

The 2013-14 Bobcats have the potential to, season after next, be more than the best team theBobcats have had. They have the potential to make the playoffs and do something when they get there.



 Looking at the possible line-up, it does bespeak of solidness and potential.  If the Big Handsome (whose nickname is damn funny to me) can develop into that big time gamer, as well as Walker and MKG, then the club with its bigs can make some big noise in the East. The bigs are the very reason why the Pacers gave the champions so much trouble during the playoffs, and Jefferson and Zeller surrounded by a talented backcourt will be the very thing that will eventually get the Bobcats over the hump, provided that Jordan and Cho can keep Big Al here for awhile.



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Posted 07 July 2013 - 10:51 AM

I don't see it unless we get Wiggins, but Al Jefferson is a step in the right direction.

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 11:00 AM

Still need more talent. The team should be a lot better this season though.

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 11:53 AM

I agree with Sorensen's premise and it is one that usually gets lost on fans and media that live in the moment.

The point is, these young guys on the roster are going to better every year. Even superstars take 2-3 years to really develop. It took Kobe 2-3 years. It took Lebron 2-3, it took Durant a couple of years. It took Harden several years. It took Stephen Curry several years.

I'm not saying we have anyone like that on our roster because we don't. But they will likely improve year to year to year.

Too often as fans we look at young players as they are not what they will be. After Kobe's rookie year it was evident he would be a good player even though he only averaged in single digits, but I don't think anyone was saying "Naw man we are good because Kobe is a hall of famer and a top 15 all time player"

Lebron and Durant were very good as rookies but it took them a few years to maximize their talent.

I bring those guys up not because I think we have a guy like them on our roster, but to make the point that it even took them years to reach their full potential.

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 11:57 AM

Can't wait to get more pieces here to round out this team. Jeff Taylor will be a heck of a 6th man type guy off the bench. 



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Posted 07 July 2013 - 12:23 PM

honestly though the way we have been screwed over in the lottery in the past, even if we were the worst team next year---we all know we wouldn't have won the lottery. Let's hope we can get lucky in the lottery next year (despite not being the worst team in the league) and draft smart (not necessarily marcus). 

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 10:47 PM

I really think that at this point all the team is missing to be a playoff team is an outside scorer and more experience.

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 01:30 AM

I really think that at this point all the team is missing to be a playoff team is an outside scorer and more experience.

Exactly. It doesn't matter if we have BIGs or not. If we don't have good outside shooters to go along with Jefferson and Zeller we're not going anywhere. And I don't care how good Big Al and Big Handsome are for us. Why? Look at what SA did to Memphis (Gasol/Z-Bo).

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 11:21 AM

Unless Wiggins, Parker, or Randle fall into our laps, I could cosign, but as of now, we'll score a lot! But also get scored on, and quite easily.

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 12:28 PM

I can see it.  I keep referring us to the Grizzlies bc I see similarities.  No big superstars, but just a good all around team. 


Also, we need to worry about keeping Kemba around for the long haul.  With Jefferson and Zeller, I am now confident he would re-sign.

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