The State Of This Season's Lottery Teams And Where They Need to Improve

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Mar 29, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton (2) keeps Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Gerald Henderson (9) from driving during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 111-102. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Bobcats

For Charlotte, the question of “Where do they need to improve?” could probably be changed to “Where don’t they need to improve?”. It’s once again been a rough season for the Bobcats after a surprising 7-5 start. Since then they’ve gone 10-52 and there haven’t been many positives.

Their best player might be Gerald Henderson — who has developed into quite the player, I might add — and he’s most likely going to sign elsewhere in the off-season. Kemba Walker has definitely shown improvement as he’s raised his field goal percentage up to 42% from a lowly 37% in his rookie season. Josh McRoberts has helped them since the trade, and he’s a fine role player to have going forward.

Other than McRoberts, the Bobcats really don’t have much of anything in terms of big men. No fan wants to be reminded they have Tyrus Thomas on their team. Bismack Biyombo is marginally better than he was last year (that isn’t saying much), Brendan Haywood is severely overpaid for what he does, Jeff Adrien probably belongs in the D-League, and DeSagana Diop is DeSagana Diop. They’re going to have to get a quality big from somewhere, whether that means drafting Nerlens Noel or Anthony Bennett, or making a run at a free agent in the off-season.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has played decently this season, but he’s been extremely inconsistent. One game he’s getting to the rim at will and locking up a team’s best wing scorer. The next he’s 1-5 from the field and lost on defense. But it’s important to remember that MKG will barely be 20 by the time next season begins.

Charlotte, in summation, really needs help everywhere sans starting point guard and shooting guard. Their starters are backups and their backups are D-League players. It really can’t get worse for the Bobcats. The only way can go from here is up.

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  • Andreas Dreas

    Some fair comments re charlottes big men or lack thereof however you cant spruik things which you have just done re Gerald Henderson…. The official news is he feels Charlotte has stuck by him as such and whilst reserving definitive comment he notes it’s not just money that he’s considering …. We will see in the end …. Don’t spruik things you can’t back up.