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Bobcats avoid NBA cellar with win over Cleveland

Cleveland Cavaliers 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
105 Charlotte Bobcats
Josh McRoberts, PF 41 MIN | 6-6 FG | 5-6 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | -6

He just kept getting better and better as his time in Charlotte wore on — McBob ended up playing 26 games with the Bobcats after being dealt to Charlotte. In those games, McBob shot 50.5% from the field, scored 9.3 PPG, grabbed 7.2 RPG, dished out 2.7 APG — 30.8 MPG.

I’ve pondered quite a bit lately about what kind of contract Charlotte will offer him this summer. Here was fellow QCH’er Greg Pietras’ thoughts —

Bismack Biyombo, PF 36 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -3

I should have been put in twitter jail when I got super-cynical on Biz Saturday night (vs. Milwaukee) after he started the game dropping every ball that was thrown or bounced his way — then he went on to record a double-double (13 PTS, 17 REB).

Biyombo ended the season on a tear — in his last 5 games Biz shot 54.5%, scored 8.4 PPG and pulled down 10.4 RPG.

A certain work in progress, especially on the defensive end, but Coach Dunlap hasn’t been shy to remind people that Biz is still one of the youngest players in the league at 20 years old and now has 2 seasons of experience under his belt.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 25 MIN | 5-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +12

Another guy that ended the season in a very solid manner — MKG’s last 10 games — 50.6% FG, 10.2 PPG, 7.8 RPG.

Dunlap was consistent with keeping MKG under 30 MPG all season, but I’d expect to see the kid in much more end of game situation next season.

Kemba Walker, PG 36 MIN | 6-16 FG | 9-12 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 24 PTS | +14

This game got extremely sped up at times and the 5 turnovers from Kemba attest to that, but that was really the only blemish tonight for the second year PG. Kemba got into the lane pretty much whenever he wanted and made the right play more times than not — setting up his teammates much better down the stretch this season — he averaged 6.5 APG in the last 10, which was up from 5.7 for the season.

Biz had his moments this season, but I believe that it’s clear we’re seeing a star beginning to bud in Kemba. He’s already one of the most explosive ball handlers in the league and in 2-3 seasons I don’t think it’d be crazy to think he could be a top-5 PG in the league.

Gerald Henderson, SG 35 MIN | 6-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 15 PTS | +2

Another interesting topic this summer will be Hendo and how the Bobcats match whatever offer he receives from other teams — Hendo’s qualifying number is $4.3 million, but it’s rather clear at this point that teams are going to be prepared to offer more than that and Charlotte will have to decide where they draw the line in the sand to not match.

In Hendo’s last 20 games this season he averaged 20.8 PPG on 47.3% FG.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +13

Amnesty. Good luck with whatever the future brings you, Tyrus.

Jeff Adrien, SF 12 MIN | 2-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +10

I’d think that Adrien has at least earned a training camp invite and possibly even played his way into a 1-year deal. Regardless, he proved this season that he belongs on a team in the NBA.

Jannero Pargo, PG 12 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -7

It’s impossible not to pull for Jannero. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the back end of his 10-day contract the night the Bobcats beat the Wizards at home — this guy is a consummate professional who hopefully continues to get opportunities to play the game he loves.

Ben Gordon, SG 12 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -12

Roller coaster. I can’t think of a better term to describe what this guy puts you through as a fan. Charlotte will have to handle one more season with Gordon — it’s certainly going to be interesting to watch how Dunlap uses him next season depending on who Charlotte drafts.

Two Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats finished the season with 3-straight wins and jumped Orlando in the standings for worst. Charlotte will likely now end up with the #2 overall pick in this summer’s draft if the odds hold true in the lottery.
  2. No matter what eyeglass you look through, progress was made this season and we should all tip our caps to the effort of this team. Especially to the job that Mike Dunlap did to hold this young group together, playing hard until the end.

10 comments to Bobcats avoid NBA cellar with win over Cleveland

  • Ronicewolf90

    When I read comments about the bobcats getting the one or two pick I wonder if anyone noticed they had the best odds last year and didn’t when the #1 pick. I believe the New Orleans had like the fourth overall percentage and they still got the #1 pick in last years draft. I don’t believe that it really matters where you land its a lottery and chance is chance. So take the moral victory and go for not being last in the league.

  • Ronicewolf90

    *didn’t win

  • justin

    it would be disappointing if the bobcats go 28-120 in two seasons while narrowily the #1 pick in the draft both years, but yeah, Tyrus Thomas MUST GO!

  • justin

    narrowily missing*

  • Spencer/SDS

    @Ronice…I would say it doesn’t matter where you land because if Stern likes you/your team is getting a new Owner around draft day or some conflict has happened to your team you are going to get the #1 overall spot if you have a snow balls chance in hell…the NBA draft should and will always be considered fixed until the day the NBA airs it live to the entire nation and every fan has the ability to actually see that the balls roll…

  • charlottean

    what does matter…..is that you get a guaranteed worst pick. last year it was no worse than 4th and this year no worse than 5th. you can pick number one and miss and you can get stars late in the draft. but the probability is so much higher in the top 5.

    people don’t feel like we have star players right now because we don’t have a kobe on the roster. but kemba, mkg, and biz are quite the trio of young talent already. stir in taylor and henderson and our draft pick and we do have a squadron.

    If we get noel, we’re going to be nasty. that’s the target IMO. that and get seth curry by all means. as weak as they say this draft is….there ARE a few stars in this class. its no 2003 by any means but there’s talent there. its just the wrong guys are projected from like 4-17. 2nd round picks are MONEY in this class.

  • Spencer/SDS

    do you guys think we could see some overall season grades for the players??? just to try and keep the site alive for the moment?:(

  • charlottean

    grades for the players:

    anyone who had anything to do with dunlap being fired…….automatic F. they just don’t know how much they failed in doing so yet.

    • Spencer/SDS

      lol alright…was sad to see no reply:( then u came along and made me happy…but sad and laugh at the same time…

  • charlottean

    aka I made you feel like a bobcats fan. ironic laughter mixed with tears of misery and for some absolutely unknown reason joyful optimism beyond any logical reason.