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NBA Market Watch: Charlotte Bobcats
by: Eric Weiss - Sports Aptitude
June 17, 2007
The Bobcats went through year three much like they did their initial two campaigns, with some intriguing storylines and far too many injuries to capitalize on their talent.

Charlotte has bee fiscally prudent over the first few years of their existence. The team was hamstrung by expansion cap rules, but was also smart enough not to try and rush things in terms of spending on half-measure type players.

The team has patiently built through the draft, while placing steady veterans around the edges of the bench in order to provide a bit of atmosphere for the young developmental players.

This season will mark the first where the Bobcats can utilize the full cap figure. Theyíve got some tough decisions to make, but could surprise a lot of people if they can keep their current players on the court and add an impact veteran to the fold.

Roster and Financial Breakdown:



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Record/ Overview:

33-49, 4th place Southeast Division

Charlotte just could not keep its front line players on the court. The team looked to be highly competitive going into this season, with 2nd year players Raymond Felton and Sean May showing signs of breaking out. Emeka Okafor shed the meaningless muscle mass he had added the year before and returned to being the offensive/defensive anchor that Charlotte relied upon during his first season in the league.

The team got improved play from Gerald Wallace and was able to keep him on the court for most of the season, but May once again went down and questions about his fitness and durability are sure to follow him into next season.

Overall, the team seems to be right on the cusp of putting together a solid season. Rookie Adam Morrison struggled to perform consistently when pushed into the role of lead outside scorer, but International addition Walter Herrmann showed late that he had a handle on the NBA game.

The team needs a synergizing force to bring them all together. It appears that the Bobcats will have a tough decision when it comes to selecting who to spend their money on this offseason. Wallace deserves a raise, but the team must decide who gives them the best chance to win. A little health would go a long way toward helping Charlotte put up its best season in its brief existence.

Current Assets:

The Bobcats are all about assets thanks to their shrewd decision to maintain salary flexibility while building through the draft. The team is loaded with intriguing young players and are bracketed by reasonably priced veterans on short deals that should be able to net the team something attractive if they decide to enter the trade market.

Expiring Contracts-

The team has some expiring deals coming off the books next season and could get a decent return for them if packaged correctly.

Both Othella Harrington and Jake Voskuhl combine to make roughly 4.5 million and veteran point guard Brevin Knight helps to double that figure if his club option is picked up. There are never a shortage of teams looking to pick up veteran help at the point guard position and Knight has received interest from a number of teams in the past. For a team looking to move some payroll, Charlotte could sweeten this pot pretty easily.

Primoz Brezec is another player who will most likely pick up his player option this season and try and cash in on the free agent market next season. Unless the Bobcats select another big man in the draft, Brezec looks to be one of the three main bigs in the rotation and should be able to put up a season worthy of some decent free agent consideration for the numerous teams that could use scoring savvy and rebounding from the center position.

If Walter Herrmann has his option excorcised it is doubtful he gets the chance to see the floor as he did during the close of the Bobcats season. Herrmann proved to anyone paying attention that his length and athleticism translated into the NBA game. He also displayed an excellent perimeter shooting touch that should make him an attractive low-cost option for a team looking for intelligent, veteran experience off the bench.

Total Cost: $13,400,000


Rotation Players-

Gerald Wallace continued to be the teamís emotional leader on the court with his energetic play and reckless abandon. Wallace improved for the third season in a row and is clearly an expansion draft steal that the team should feel fortunate to have.

Wallace is going to be looking for a nice paycheck out of this offseason and the Bobcats will have a tough choice to make because theyíve got just enough under the cap to make a run at another free agent who might provide a bit more scoring clout, something this team has been in dire need of.

If they can sign another player first and then revisit Wallace after the fact, the team could have a truly great offseason considering where theyíre picking as well.

Emeka Okafor had a very nice bounce-back year after putting on twenty pounds the season before, losing his shooting touch, and going down with a series of injuries that put his future in doubt in some circles.

Okafor isnít a scoring dynamo, but his rebounding and shot blocking give Charlotte a defensive anchor that they can build around in the future. His value to the team is much more substantial than what he may return in trade, but if the team has grand designs for a major overhaul, Okafor is perhaps their best asset.

Brevin Knight production slipped a bit last season as understudy Raymond Felton was given the green light to become the teamís principle ball handler. Knight played far less minutes, but was equally as effective at distributing the ball to his teammates. He is getting on in age and probably wants to secure on last pay day on a team that will utilize his playmaking ability while heís still in his prime.

Sean May has tremendous talent and could be an excellent high-post scorer who rebounds and makes smart basketball plays for his team. Unfortunately, May has found the snack bar more than heís found the court in his first two season and his lack of conditioning has led to a series of injuries which have shortened each of his first two seasons.

It would not be surprising to see the team draft a big man with the intention of lighting a fire under May, who reportedly is taking this offseason quite seriously. If May can put it all together he should have a fantastic season next year, as he looked very comfortable playing along side Okafor early in the year.

Total Cost: $16,700,000


Prospects-

Most of the rotation players could also be classified as prospects because of their age and experience level, but for the purposes of this section the focus will be squarely on Adam Morrison.

Morrison was highly touted coming out of Gonzaga and got thrust into the spotlight very quickly for the Bobcats. The team rested the responsibility of being the primary perimeter scorer on Morrisonís skinny shoulders and the weight of expectation seriously affected his ability to perform.

Morrison looked especially uncomfortable during home games and his confidence seemed to take a major hit. He wasnít vocal or aggressive the way many had grown accustom to during his time at Gonzaga and his game lacked a certain purpose to it much of the time.

Morrison had quite a few solid games mixed into his up and down season, but has a long way to go before he can be relied upon to be the teamís primary offensive option from the perimeter. It will be interesting to see how the Bobcats handle Morrisonís situation going forward because he could benefit tremendously from having a veteran wing as a mentor while he adjusts his game to the NBA level.

Morrison has the length, quick release, and ability to shoot in motion that should allow him to become a consistent scoring threat, but handling his psyche going forward is going to be important if the team wants to realize a full return on its investment.

Total Cost: $3,600,000


Free Agency

The Bobcats have had this year circled for some time and there are many good players on the market that the team should have interest in.

The two names heard most frequently are Rashard Lewis and Vince Carter. Both Carter and Lewis have the type of offensive explosiveness and perimeter-oriented attack that would open up the inside game for May, Okafor, and the prospective draft pick to attack.

Carter has talked of staying in New Jersey, but he would make a lot of sense for a Charlotte franchise who has already showed an interest in bringing Tar Heals into the fold. At his current age, Carter could be had for the right price and could give this team and identity going forward over the next few seasons.

Lewis would be the younger option and certainly provides a lot of what Carter would bring. Lewis doesnít have quite the playoff resume of Carter, but his outside shooting and overall attack style would be a good image for Morrison to emulate.

Adding either or these players would almost certainly mean the departure of Wallace, but it may be the teamís best move considering its need for offensive fire power. Itís possible the team could keep Wallace and add another scoring option, but it would be complicated and the team hasnít been a big time player yet to expect this scenario to transpire.

Draft

The Bobcats have been rumored to be looking to trade down in the draft and one must assume that their focus has been on Corey Brewer if that is the case. The Bobcats have options at the other wing position, but a defensive complement on the perimeter to what Okafor does in the lane would really give the team a foundation to build off of.

Drafting Brewer and keeping Wallace would give the Bobcats the foundations for an excellent defensive team while still keeping a little offense in the lineup.

The team also has the 22nd pick, and could address its interest in the frontcourt with a selection here. Both Tiago Splitter and Josh McRoberts should be hanging around at this spot and either would add something to the teamís frontcourt mix. Splitter especially would make this team defensively superior if Wallace was to stay and Brewer was added with the earlier pick.

The team could also go with a big first and wait for the wing talent with the later pick, but considering the talents of Okafor and May, it seems that the team may feel obligated to address other needs with its first selection.
 


Feedback for this article may be sent to eric.weiss@gmail.com .

 

Raymond Felton
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 199 lbs.
Birthday: 06/26/1984
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Latta
Previous Team: Mavericks , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #5 in 2005 Draft
by the Bobcats
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
Pts, Rebs, Asts


Sean May
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 259 lbs.
Birthday: 04/05/1984
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Bloomington North
Previous Team: Paris-Levallois , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #13 in 2005 Draft
by the Bobcats
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
6.0 Pts, 5.0 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Emeka Okafor
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 257 lbs.
Birthday: 09/28/1982
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Bellaire
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #2 in 2004 Draft
by the Bobcats
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
Pts, Rebs, Asts


Gerald Wallace
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Birthday: 07/23/1982
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Childersburg
Previous Team: Celtics , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #25 in 2001 Draft
by the Kings
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
0.6 Pts, 0.8 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


Adam Morrison
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 198 lbs.
Birthday: 07/20/1984
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Mead
Previous Team: Gonzaga , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #3 in 2006 Draft
by the Bobcats
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
3.2 Pts, 1.4 Rebs, 0.6 Asts


Othella Harrington
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 232 lbs.
Birthday: 01/31/1974
40 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Murrah
Previous Team: Georgetown , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #1 in 1996 Draft
by the Rockets
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
2.0 Pts, 3.3 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Jake Voskuhl
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 245 lbs.
Birthday: 11/01/1977
37 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Strake Jesuit
Previous Team: Connecticut , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #4 in 2000 Draft
by the Bulls
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
2.6 Pts, 2.0 Rebs, 0.4 Asts


Brevin Knight
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 172 lbs.
Birthday: 11/08/1975
39 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Seton Hall Prep
Previous Team: Stanford , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #16 in 1997 Draft
by the Cavaliers
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
2.4 Pts, 1.2 Rebs, 2.6 Asts


Primoz Brezec
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 7' 1"
Weight: 243 lbs.
Birthday: 10/02/1979
35 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Roma , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #27 in 2000 Draft
by the Pacers
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
13.4 Pts, 4.1 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Rashard Lewis
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Birthday: 08/08/1979
35 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Alief Elsik
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #3 in 1998 Draft
by the Supersonics
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF/PF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
6.3 Pts, 2.3 Rebs, 2.0 Asts


Vince Carter
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 219 lbs.
Birthday: 01/26/1977
37 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Daytona Beach Mainland
Previous Team: Grizzlies , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #5 in 1998 Draft
by the Warriors
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
5.7 Pts, 2.2 Rebs, 1.4 Asts


Corey Brewer
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Birthday: 03/05/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Portland
Previous Team: Timberwolves , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #7 in 2007 Draft
by the Timberwolves
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
11.0 Pts, 3.2 Rebs, 2.0 Asts


Tiago Splitter
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 233 lbs.
Birthday: 01/01/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Spurs , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #28 in 2007 Draft
by the Spurs
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
Pts, Rebs, Asts


Josh McRoberts
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birthday: 03/01/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Carmel
Previous Team: Heat , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #7 in 2007 Draft
by the Trailblazers
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
2.5 Pts, 2.5 Rebs, 0.7 Asts


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