“Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.” But what if you only have so much talent? That is the situation that the Charlotte Bobcats are currently in while enduring the worst season in franchise history. At 7-48 the Bobcats are the worst team in the NBA and possibly one of the worst teams in NBA history. And with this season winding down we need to look at what this team has to build around for the future.
This team has eight players who are currently 25 years or younger and are at the beginning of a complete rebuilding process. But when we dig deeper into this roster there are only a handful of players that will be a part of the future of this team. So let’s take a look at who those players are and what roles they will take on as a part of this franchise.
First we of course have to start with the two rookies in Bismack Biyombo and Kemba Walker. The seventh and ninth overall pick’s in last year’s draft and two players who need to have big roles if this franchise wants to be successful. At only 19, Biyombo is the youngest player in the NBA and has been a pleasant surprise this season. A player with a ton of raw talent but not a lot of basketball experience has earned the starting position at center and is arguably the toughest and most physical guy on the roster. Hopefully with a full off season and training camp with this team Biyombo can continue to grow and become a very good player.
As for Walker it has been an up and down year for the rookie guard. He has came off the bench and been a starter throughout the season and has experienced some growing pains learning the point guard position. It has been questioned if he is more of a scoring combo guard off the bench or can he become a solid starting point guard in this league? He has registered a triple double this season and it seems as if he has learned as the year has gone on. I think it is too early to tell what Walker will eventually be in this league but I would also like to see how he progresses and what he can do once he gets some more talent around him.
So after the rookies there are two other players` that I think could be an integral part of the future. Those two guys are Gerald Henderson and Byron Mullens. Henderson is in his third year in the league and has shown flashes of possibly being a go to guy late in the game. But there is still some inconsistency in his game and if he could iron that out he can be a solid starting shooting guard for years to come in the NBA. As for Mullens, we are talking about another player who is in his third year but has barely seen the court. Mullens spent his first two years with the Thunder and mainly playing in the NBA Developmental League before coming to the Bobcats. But in his first year here he has shown great improvement. His rebounding has improved, he has shown more toughness, and with that smooth jump shot he will always be a threat on the offensive end. He could possibly even be in the running for most improved player this season. Mullens is suited to play at power forward and could be a solid piece off the bench in the future.
These are the players that the Bobcats have to build around during this rebuilding phase. Then hopefully add on the number one overall pick in the upcoming draft and this franchise should be headed in the right direction. Anthony Davis out of Kentucky is a virtual lock to be the number one pick and he could help the Bobcats immensely. Now of course it will take a few more solid players to build a complete team but hopefully for now this group of players along with hopefully adding Davis to the mix will propel this team to better days.
Written by: Dustin Phifer