The NBA previews moves on to the gentile city of Charlotte.
Time for some ‘Cat Scratch Fever.
Under Larry Brown, this team achieved at its talent level for the first time in its history. Kudos to Coach B. for that. Where they go from here is less certain at the moment.
Here are the previews from the Queen City pundits:
The Bobcats traded away their first draft pick, and arguably their best player, Emeka Okafor, receiving Tyson Chandler in return. The front office described the trade as a basketball decision, but Chandler’s recent injury history and lesser offensive skills cast doubt on that claim. More likely, the trade was prompted by owner Robert Johnson’s attempts to sell the team combined with Larry Brown‘s notorious fickleness.
2. What are the team’s biggest strengths?
Backcourt depth– The Bobcats expected to have their backcourt depth be a strength as the season began, but with Raja Bell potentially done for the season before it begins, that could change. Should Raja be available, the Bobcats have a solid platoon of little guys, with Raymond Felton, D.J. Augustin, Raja Bell, Ronald Murray, and Gerald Henderson to fill the 1 and 2 spots. The Cats can go dynamic offense with D.J. and Flip or for lockdown defense with Raymond and Gerald Henderson. Raja provides a good deep threat who can still defend but not to his reputation anymore. If Henderson pans out, the Bobcats may still have the backcourt they hoped for, with an athletic defender to pair with the Ray/D.J. duo.