Training camps across the league open up on October 2nd and teams are in the process of scrambling to finalize their rosters- The Bobcats will hold their training camp in Asheville, NC starting October 2nd.
According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer the Bobcats are going to invite Jeff Adrien, Paris Horne, Josh Owens and DuJuan Summers along for the ride during training camp. Adrien, Owens and Summers are all 6’7 or taller forwards that will likely be battling each other for the last roster spot in Charlotte. The Bobcats need to add one more piece to the front court, so that seemingly takes Paris Horne out of the equation to make the roster.
Paris Horne and Josh Owens both played with Charlotte in the Vegas summer league just this past July. Horne saw more minutes during the five games, but didn’t show nearly as much upside.
Horne played 20 MPG for Charlotte this summer, but only averaged 5.7 PPG and shot 33% from the field. To pour salt in the wound to his shooting numbers, Horne was 16.7% from behind the arc. He’s not a three point shooter and really only finds his points by backing smaller defenders into the lane- at 6’3, Horne plays like a bigger, less athletic Ramon Sessions. Again, Horne appears to be just an extra body for this training camp, but he can certainly use this opportunity as an audition moving forward in the NBA.
Josh Owens is a much more intriguing case leading up to and during training camp. At 6’8, 240 lbs. Owens is a prototypical college PF, but a bit undersized for the NBA at that position. Owens showed some of his great attributes during summer league with some eye popping numbers. He shot 83% (10-12) during summer league- it’s a very small sample size, but it’s an opportunity for an undrafted rookie to show what he can do and Owens certainly took advantage. He was also a 57% shooter in college at Stanford, so the evidence that Owens is fairly efficient on the offensive end is there. Owens also averaged 2.3 RPG is only 9.8 MPG- this translates to about 9.5 rebounds/40 min. Again, it was summer league, but to go along with the lateral quickness, defensive awareness and all-around hustle factor, Owens could be the dark horse in the race for the final roster spot in Charlotte.
Jeff Adrien, a past standout for UConn has spent part of the past two seasons in the NBA with Golden State and Houston. Adrien is very raw offensively, but he definitely an above average rebounder for his height. The fact that Adrien is 245 lbs. at just 6’7 makes him a load to handle around the basket, but he’s certainly raw offensively as basically serves the purpose as a bruiser rebounder/defender on the block. With Biyombo and Haywood basically being the only two guys that can bang with opposing PF’s and centers around the basket, Adrien could provide many of the things Charlotte is looking to add to the front court.
DuJuan Summers has more NBA experience than any other player in the mix here. He spent his first two seasons in Detroit and last season with New Orleans, where he actually started 6 games. At 6’8, 240 lbs. Summers is the most versatile player of the Bobcats training camp invites, as well. He’s not shy offensively and does have some range- 36.7% career three point shooter. Summers is a very poor rebounder for his size- averaging 4 rebounds/40 min so far in his career.
Former Syracuse PG Scoop Jardine had been linked to the Bobcats in the past few month’s as a possibility to get a training camp deal with the team, but nothing further has developed as of yet regarding that rumor.
Of the four players that the Bobcats have invited to training camp so far, Summers would appear to be the favorite to earn the remaining roster spot, but all four guys bring different skill sets to the table, so it all depends on what Charlotte is looking for.