The NBA 30 in 30 is a look at each team as the coming 2013-2014 season approaches. This look reviews their current roster, last year's experience, new developments and a prediction as to where the organization will end at the conclusion of the upcoming year of NBA action.
The Charlotte Bobcats have been the epitome of mediocrity in the NBA for a number of years. Since coming into the league during the 2004-2005 season the club has a very poor 34.6 winning percentage with only one playoff appearance. Years of bad player moves have mired this team in abysmal seasons and this year does not look to be any different.
Current coach Steve Clifford will have his work cut out for him in his first NBA coaching stint. Last season they closed out the year with a 21-61 record which was one of the worst in the league. The unit was effectively bad across the board as they were not ranked above the 27 slot in any important team statistical categories.
The Bobcats roster has a solid group of players, but none that can be considered the breakthrough star that every unit must get behind. Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson are a fundamentally sound back court and they have Ben Gordon backing them up off the bench as their sixth man. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bismark Biyombo really need to improve in the forward position if this team is going to make any type of positive strides. The Bobcats drafted Cody Zeller and his performance should outdo any player that is currently on the roster as a center. Expect him to get majority of the starts at the five position.
The Charlotte Bobcats should not have any expectation to make the post season. Instead, their goals should sit within winning 30-40 games this year. Gordon can be a valuable bargaining chip later in the year if any team is looking for a point guard that can shore up a roster. This team has talent in some positions, but with the mistakes that have been made from a management stand point over the years it is hard to have high hopes for this club. Hopefully, the name change to the Charlotte Hornets after this season will give fans something to cheer for.
Projected Starting Lineup with 2012-2013 Stats
Kemba Walker: 17.7 PPG, 5.7 APG
Gerald Henderson: 15.5 PPG, 3.7 APG
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: 9.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG
Bismark Biyombo: 4.8 PPG, 7.3 RPG
Cody Zeller: NBA Rookie
15th spot in the Eastern Conference