Watchability Rankings: Charlotte Bobcats
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
USA TODAY Sports’ Adi Joseph and Sean Highkin will be counting down NBA teams based on watchability for the upcoming 2013-14 seasons. We’ll go one team a day, from least-watchable to most, giving you an idea of what to keep an eye out for this season. Today, we arrive at the No. 28 Charlotte Bobcats:
2012-13 record: 21-61, missed playoffs
Adi Joseph’s 2013-14 record projection: 31-51, miss playoffs
Two best players (2012-13 stats): C Al Jefferson (17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds a game, 49.4% shooting), PG Kemba Walker (17.7 points, 5.7 assists a game).
Overview: The Bobcats will be better this season. No, really, the Bobcats will be better this season. Signing Al Jefferson might not make sense for most franchises, since the elite post scorer is good enough to get you close to the playoffs but not good enough to get you anywhere past that. But the Bobcats needed to win at some point, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bismack Biyombo and rookie Cody Zeller give them prospects alongside more developed players such as Jefferson, Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson.
WHY YOU CAN’T MISS THEM
Kemba Walker is pure energy: There is no reason the 6-1 point guard should have been the lead scorer on an NBA team, but he plays for the Bobcats. Still, his ridiculous speed and tendency to shoot from anywhere at any time without provocation made him one of the most exciting and unpredictable (if ineffecient) players in the NBA. And his beard game is way underrated.
Don’t miss the breakthrough: Bismack Biyombo hasn’t impressed in his two NBA seasons. Kidd-Gilchrist was underwhelming as a rookie after being drafted second overall. Henderson is consistent enough but still needs a jumper. But this could be that year, really. Leaps are to be had, and the Bobcats could make a major stride after two truly awful seasons.
It’s your last chance: The Charlotte Hornets are returning next season, which should vault this franchise up at least five spots in these standings next year. But that means this is the Bobcats moniker’s swan song. There will be a day when the white “CATS” jerseys are going to … [For more on NBA Watchability Rankings: No. 28 Charlotte Bobcats, click here.]