From NBAPlaybook – 2010-2011 Season Preview: Charlotte Bobcats:
While I think the Bobcats are better suited if they run the basketball more, I just don’t know if it will happen this year. As I mentioned before, they have the wings/bigs to facilitate a running style, but they really lack a point guard who can be successful in a running system. It seems like they want to acquire one (after all they were involved in discussions that would have brought Devin Harris to Charlotte), and if they do, they will run more. If not, you may see the same kind of ISO/Spot Up offense that the Bobcats struggle with.
From RufusOnFire – Charlotte Bobcats preview 2010-11:
It’s pretty clear the Cats wanted someone else to replace Felton, as they were linked to Chris Paul, Jose Calderon, and Devin Harris in trade rumors, but none were consummated, leaving Augustin and a still-recovering Shaun Livingston at the point. It remains to be seen what kind of effect Brown’s clear distaste for point guards with Augustin’s skill set will have on the team.
BobcatsBaseline is tackling their preview piece by piece, with a couple already posted – 2010-11 Bobcats Season Preview: Front and Center:
So there you go. The Bobcats are thin at the five. Larry Brown will again try to cobble decent play at the spot out of the available talent, but there’s even less there than last year. Our playoff aspirations rely upon Mohammed replicating his 2009-10 season while staying even healthier than he did, and the Cats being able to play smallball for around 15-20 minutes per game.
And the other – 2010-11 Bobcats Season Preview: The Class of ’09:
Instead, allow me (for perhaps the first time in our blog’s three year history) to write in praise of a Bobcats draft.
Last June, the Cats made team history by selecting two collegiate players who were NOT:
a.) Marginally Obese
c.) former BMX Euro-Champs
d.) Clinically Depressed*
*Ok, so maybe Adam Morrison isn’t officially ill, but his #3 overall selection surely led to an uptake in Prozac use amongst fans.
Yes folks, in the summer of 2009 the Bobcats really did select two quality, highly athletic wing players who figure to play prominent roles in the upcoming season.
ESPN has some preview material – but it is Insider only – ESPN Charlotte Bobcats 2010-11 Preview. Included are a team forecast and player profiles from Hollinger – both interesting, but also disheartening – Hollinger’s numbers see just 30 wins for the Cats as presently constructed.
From Sporting News – Charlotte Bobcats: 2010-11 preview (scroll down past the stuff at the top to get the preview)
After finally breaking through with a playoff berth for the first time in franchise history last season, the Bobcats appear poised to go backward this year. They let point guard Raymond Felton go in free agency and traded away Tyson Chandler for, essentially, nothing. The only shot at improvement comes from low-risk gambles like Darius Miles, Javaris Crittenton, Kwame Brown and Shaun Livingston. None of those players is likely to pan out into anything significant, and the era of Michael Jordan, Bobcats owner, is sure to get off to a slow start.