|PER||PER Against (Net)|
|Cory Higgins||3.89||16.03 (-3.31)|
Strengths: Unfortunately not much at this point in his career. If I had to pick one thing it would be his ability to create his own shot (or willingness to shoot when he is handling the ball, depends on how you look at it) as he trailed only Augustin and Walker on the team in % of field goals assisted on. Higgins is a natural scorer, as he showed during his time in college at Colorado, but those skills have not transitioned to the NBA as of yet.
Weaknesses: Higgins is not an efficient player on the offensive end, while he also struggles on defense due in part to his skinny frame and lack of knowledge regarding team defense (welcome to the club, Higg). Although he does show the ability to create his own shot at times, he simply has not converted at a high enough rate, especially at the rim (40.5%; worst on the team excluding resident nomad Jamario Moon). His inability to hit the 3-point shot (20% for the season) is also holding him back.
Reasons for Optimism: He’s young and inexpensive – basically the equivalent of an entry-level employee. If they aren’t completely terrible at their job at least management can take solace in the fact that they’re saving money versus having to hire someone more experienced to do the job. I doubt the Bobcats are worried about saving money though…
Reasons for Pessimism: The D-League is littered with guys who formerly lit up their competition in the college ranks. The D-League is also where Cory Higgins should be residing. Simply put, he is not an NBA caliber player. Maybe he becomes a solid rotation player one day, but he has to learn he can’t rely solely on his scoring ability.
Forecast: The Bobcats must pony up $962,195 to retain Mr. Higgins’ services for next season. Given the entry-level argument I made above, I’d count on the Bobcats doing just that. He’ll more than likely be the 15th man on the roster, and his minutes will be either miniscule or uber-miniscule depending on the results of the draft later this month.