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Reasons for Optimism in a Depressing Time

  • Bismack Biyombo was 9th in the NBA in block rate, rejecting 4.5 shots out of 100 attempts by the opposition.
  • D.J. Augustin was 11th in the NBA in assist rate, at 37%, and 10th in Assist to Turnover rate at 2.9 assists per turnover
  • Gerald Henderson raised his per game scoring average from 9.6 last season to 15.1 this year, while improving his FG% ever so slightly – 45.4% to 45.9%
  • Kemba Walker improved as a distributor as the season progressed, averaging 10.3 assists per 100 team possessions from March 1st on, after averaging just 7.0 earlier in the season
  • For the season, Byron Mullens was only 72nd among big men in defensive rebound rate, 17.6%. However, since the start of March, Mullens has been grabbing defensive rebounds with more aggression, going to 57th at 19.0%  (Both of those numbers are out of 120+ bigs who met the minutes qualifier).
  • Tyrus Thomas posted a PER of better than 18 in the 2010-11 season – so, while this season has been disappointing, don’t forget the strong play of last year. It wasn’t just potential – TT was playing well, not just flashes of talent.
  • D.J. White is not a starter – but as a bench player at the 4, he can be a solid contributor. At the PF position for the season, Big D.J. is averaging 16 points and 8 rebounds per 40 minutes with a 15+ PER.
  • Derrick Brown needs to be retained.  This is one of the Bobcats better draft moments, finding a solid contributor in the second round.  Derrick provides efficient offense and aggressiveness at the 3, with decent rebounding  – 14.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per 40 at a PER just under average, 14.5.
  • Reggie Williams is like Tyrus Thomas, in that this season has been a disappointment.  But don’t forget that it was considered a good signing for the Bobcats at the time, with Williams expected to provide perimeter firepower to a team that struggles from deep.  Give him the off-season to get healthy after his surgery, and let us see what next year holds.
  • The Bobcats have a 25% chance at drafting Anthony Davis
  • The Bobcats have a 100% chance at drafting someone from the group of Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bradley Beal, Harrison Barnes, Thomas Robinson, and Andre Drummond.

Your turn.  Enough of the negativity, let’s hear some of your reasons for optimism going forward in the Queen City.

(I won’t delete comments that are rational and well-written in the opposition – but I will remove ones that are overly negative – let’s have this one bastion of cheer.)