Over the next couple weeks, we will be projecting who finishes where in the Eastern Conference this season. From last place to first, we start with the Charlotte Bobcats…
No. 15: Charlotte Bobcats
Once again, the Charlotte Bobcats will finish at the bottom of the Eastern Conference this season. By being unlucky in the NBA Draft Lottery, the Bobcats missed out on Anthony Davis. By not being able to draft the projected superstar and the player that they could start building their future around, the lottery set them back yet another year.
Although Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (#2 pick) is a solid addition, he does not compare to what Davis could have contributed to this team. With the additions of Kidd-Gilchrist, Ramon Sessions, Ben Gordon, and Brendan Haywood, the Bobcats will be better than last year, but will still be the worst team in the East. Unfortunately for Charlotte, their 7-59 will not improve by much. With an entire 82-game season, I project the Bobcats to win between 10-15 games.
According to ESPN, the Bobcats projected started lineup is:
PG: Ramon Sessions
SG: Ben Gordon
SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF: Bismack Biyombo
C: Brendan Haywood
Even though they have a solid veteran-leader at point guard in Sessions, I do not see where this group is going to get their scoring from outside of Gordon. Yes, Kidd- Gilchrist can create his own shots, but there is no way he is ready, as a rookie, to be one of the top scorers on his team. Although they have Kemba Walker coming off the bench, they cannot rely on their sixth-man to be a top scorer either, especially when he is playing behind Sessions and Gordon.
If that is actually their starting lineup once the regular season begins, they only have one starter from last year’s team that is starting again this year: Bismack Biyombo. The other starters were all brought in during the off-season. Although this lineup went through a complete makeover, they will end up finishing at the bottom of the Eastern Conference at the end of the season. Once again, it will be a very long season for the Charlotte Bobcats and their fans.
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