Bobcats avoid NBA cellar with win over Cleveland |

Bobcats avoid NBA cellar with win over Cleveland

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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.
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