The Charlotte Bobcats were very good on the defensive end last season. They were fourth in the league in Opponents points per game only behind the Bulls, Pacers and Grizzlies. Their problem was on the offensive end. The Bobcats were one of two playoff teams with winning records to have a negative point differential. They still managed to win 43 games and give the fans hope for future success.
In his first season with the Bobcats Al Jefferson put up All-Star numbers. His scoring and rebounding increased from his last season in Utah. Al was back to 20 ppg and 10 rpg player. While Al was doing damage in the paint Kemba Walker was doing his best to control the perimeter. Walker had a solid season but he did not benefit from Jefferson getting doubled in the post. His three point shooting was the same as the previous year and his field goal percentage actually dropped.
Former number 2 pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist continued to struggle. He was banged up last season and his jump shot never improved. He’s hit a total of 3 three pointers. He has the tools to be a gifted defender but he really needs to work on that jumper if he wants to stay in the rotation. Another young player who can’t stay on the court is Bismack Biyombo. He went from 27 mpg to 13 last year. Veteran forwards Anthony Tolliver and Josh McRoberts had career years shooting three pointers.
The Bobcats are finally the Hornets again. On draft night the Hornets got young forward Noah Vonleh from Indiana. He should be a good piece next to Jefferson because he can stretch the floor. It will take some time before he is ready to play consistently, he’s only 19. The Hornets also got P.J. Hairston who is a much needed shooter.
The Hornets did great in the off-season because they changed their name. Aside from that they lost some three point shooting in Tolliver and McRoberts. The Hornets were at the bottom in the league in three point shooting and really struggled scoring the ball. However they added Lance Stephenson. No he’s not a superstar but he does everything on the court. He plays defense, grabs rebounds, scores and can run the offense to give Kemba a rest. He was well worth the risk and will help this team in all aspects. Marvin Williams also signed with the Hornets, he provides a veteran presences and he can play stretch four.
The additions will fit in nicely with Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker. Stephenson will get them easy baskets by pushing the ball in transition. They will have better spacing this season with Hairston, Stephenson, Neal and Williams. The Hornets will be much better on the offensive end, winning 46-49 games.