I came across a few links this past week that I wanted to make sure people were aware of. That suffices for an intro.
Video discussion between Henry Abbott and David Thorpe about 3s – For reference, the Bobcats remain one of the worst in the league at defending the 3. Last season, Charlotte surrendered 38.8% shooting on threes, tying for league worst. This year, the Cats are allowing 37.7% on threes, which is 3rd worst. However, thanks to other defensive changes, Charlotte has moved from league worst in defensive efficiency a year ago (108.9 points per 100 possessions) to 9th in the league this year (101.8).
So the Bobcats have improved on defense, while still surrendering high percentage shooting on threes (and still giving up a lot of attempts as well). As such, this video doesn’t really apply to the Bobcats’ specific defensive philosophies, but still seemed interesting to me, so there you go.
The other link everyone should check out: Zach Lowe at Grantland writes about the Bobcats/Hornets rebuild/rebranding.
The Bobcats watched from afar while their aging, expensive playoff team maxed out as first-round roadkill, and they hired Rich Cho, once of the Sonics/Thunder, to take his own shot. They traded away almost every relevant veteran, held back in free agency, and went an unthinkable 28-120 combined over the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
But they suffered the inverse of Oklahoma City’s lottery luck, falling backward in consecutive drawings, including a slide from pole position into the no. 2 slot in 2012 — a draft with one clear foundational superstar in Anthony Davis and a muck of unknowns after that. Close your eyes and you can still see Cho on television, taking the gut punch and wincing when the second-to-last envelope revealed the Charlotte logo.