The Bobcats Against the Best – 2007-08 Version « Queen City Hoops

The Bobcats Against the Best – 2007-08 Version

In an effort to pass the time before the draft, I will revisit a post idea – The Bobcats Against the NBA's Best (Part 1) and Part 2. With another season complete, and 3 new (well, a fair amount of overlap, but freshly annointed) All-NBA teams, now is a good time to see what improvements the Bobcats have made against the elite.

Possessions Bobcats
Points
Offensive
Efficiency
Opponents
Points
Defensive
Efficiency
Net
Efficiency
1851 1846 99.7 2050 110.8 -11.1

To paraphrase Jim Murray, they turned the Bobcats into 33 feet of lumps. There is no way around it – the Bobcats cannot handle the Truth…or Black Mamba…or Big Baby Jesus…or any of these guys. And the worst part? They were better against them in 2006-07, with a net efficiency of about -8 points per 100 possessions. Next question: Did they get worse against bigs, wings, points or all?

  Possessions Bobcats
Points
Offensive
Efficiency
Opponents
Points
Defensive
Efficiency
Net
Efficiency
Bigs 1072 1072 100.0 1173 109.4 -9.4
Wings 885 880 99.3 932 105.5 -6.2
Points 390 385 98.2 470 120.8 -22.6

To be fair, the “Points” category is composed of Chris Paul, Steve Nash, and Deron Williams – all 3 of which play for elite teams, while there are middling teams included in the “Wings” category. With that said, I still did not expect to see the breakdown come out like this. I am particularly impressed by the solid showing against the premier wings of the league. Which leads to a breakdown by player:

Player Poss
(off/def)
Bobcats
Points
Offensive
Efficiency
Opponents
Points
Defensive
Efficiency
Net
Efficiency
Kobe Bryant 153/157 177 115.7 168 107.0 +8.7
Kevin Garnett 197/195 204 103.6 210 107.7 -4.1
Dwight Howard 317/314 316 99.7 342 108.9 -9.2
LeBron James 238/238 240 100.8 263 110.5 -9.7
Chris Paul 122/118 113 92.6 156 132.2 -39.6
Tim Duncan 118/119 96 81.4 114 95.8 -14.4
Steve Nash 110/112 99 90.0 112 122.3 -32.3
Dirk Nowitzki 132/133 136 103.0 158 118.8 -15.8
Amare Stoudemire 62/64 70 112.9 76 118.8 -5.9
Deron Williams 160/159 173 108.1 177 111.3 -3.2
Carlos Boozer 172/171 183 106.4 202 118.1 -11.7
Manu Ginobili 118/113 84 71.2 120 106.2 -35.0
Tracy McGrady 155/154 139 89.7 155 100.6 -10.9
Yao Ming 74/76 67 90.5 71 93.4 -2.9
Paul Pierce 222/221 240 108.1 226 102.3 +5.8

You know, when I said middling team earlier, I was mainly commenting on Cleveland…but it appears I focused on the wrong squad(s). If it were not for Paul Pierce and Kobe Bryant, these numbers would have been far worse than they already were. When Kobe or Paul was on the court, the Bobcats were +7 points per 100 possessions. Even better? When Gerald was on the court at the same time as one of them, the numbers go all the way up to +25.8 points per 100 possessions for the Bobcats, while holding the opponent to 92.5 points per 100 possessions. Gerald Wallace = The New Kobe Stopper?

Wrapping up, the Bobcats were horrible against the great players this year (with a couple of exceptions). Big or small – it does not matter – the Bobcats cannot handle great players yet. The thing to be learned from all of it is that there is not one main hole in the lineup – the talent level of the club as a whole needs to improve and then the gap with the elite will begin to lessen. Until then, take solace in Gerald's periodic greatness (unless he gets traded).
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