ATL, MIL, CLE are all better, IMO.
ATL, MIL, CLE are all better, IMO.
The bobcats making the playoffs would be the worst thing that could happen to them as odd as that sounds. Theyll never be good enough to win it all, but they wont have a high draft pick either. The bobcats should trade with a team like the cavs and clear cap space to go after a superstar or 2 to add to kemba and kdd-gilchrist. You could trade Tyrus Thomas, Ben Gordon, Biyembo, and this years first to Cleveland for the expiring contracts of Luke Walton, Daniel Gibson, Casspi, Pargo. Add that to the already expiring contracts of diop, henderson, mullens, and williams and you're left with like $28 million in cap space, and youd still have kemba and gilchrist. This is what the Clippers did to unload Baron Davis.
Maybe they could sign Al Jefferson and Josh Smith. Then just pick up some vets for cheap and the Bobcats could compete finally.
I can't see it, but they are headed in the right direction.
As impressive as it would be, i dont really want playoffs yet. We need at least, another top 5 talent on this team. Its nice to see the players respond the way they have this year though.
I can't see them making it but it's a good time to grow. Kemba is looking like he's going to be a star (so far) and MKG is showing he was worth taking with the #2 instead of trading it.
Another question I'd ask is, should Charlotte finish with 35-40 wins, would Dunlap have any shot at coach of the year?
Sorry, but there's really just no chance. If I'm a Charlotte fan, I'm excited with what the youth has been able to produce early this season... But realistically, the Bobcats aren't going to sniff the playoffs this season.
If their young guys are showing their true potential though, then they've got something nice for the near future.
As far as making it this year, I'm on the fence. As has already been stated, we still need top tier young talents to round out the core, but if this team is good enough to make it, I'm all for it.
We will go into the offseason with some flexibility to improve regardless. Diop's awful deal will expire, Warrick's contract becomes a team option that probably wont't be picked up, and we still have our Amnesty to use on Thomas, which unless he improves significantly during the course of the season, looks like it will happen. That frees up around twenty million dollars.
One obvious downside of making the playoffs is that the Bulls would get our draft pick, but on the flipside, we could still end up with Portland's pick this year. We're also owed a first round pick from Detroit, but as sad as they look so far, we won't be cashing in on that this year.
To answer the OP's question, I think Charlotte will hit some bumps in the road this season that will prevent them from being competitive for that No. 8 seed. HOWEVER, fans of this franchise clearly finally have something to be excited about. I haven't had the opportunity to watch a game yet, but I've been seriously impressed by the numbers Walker and Sessions are putting up. Also, I think MKG had bust written all over him after the preseason, but he's been putting up some disgusting numbers the last few games.
I think they still need to add a talented young big man to that core, but that team is exciting, and I could legitimately see them making the playoffs 1-2 seasons down the road.
Its hard for me to name Bobcat players I don't anything about them.
So I have no idea.