— B.J. Evans (@BobcatsBballPR) November 6, 2012
So…the Bobcats lose their starting 2-guard. The good news? It’s where the team is deepest, with Ben Gordon behind Gerald, then Reggie Williams and the rookie Jeffrey Taylor able to play the position (plus Matt Carroll – but please don’t do that, Coach Dunlap). All would be a defensive drop-off from Gerald, Jr. (even the defensive minded rookie, Taylor – he needs time to adjust) – but offensively, the Bobcats won’t be too hurt as badly as you might expect. GH, Jr. provides decent scoring, but because of his limited three-point ability, Gerald is not a floor-spacer or particularly efficient scorer (midrange jumpers might get praised for being old-school, but there’s a reason they’ve lost favor). The swap tool shows that putting Ben Gordon in place of Jr. only slightly decreases the Bobcats’ projected efficiencies, and playing more Ramon Sessions alongside Kemba is a similarly minimal upgrade. How will things play out in actuality? We shall see – defensive is notoriously more difficult to project.