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phlp_bj
08-04-2008, 07:58 AM
Emeka Okafor: re-signed to six-year deal
Grade: B+
It wasn't that the Bobcats necessarily needed Emeka Okafor as much as the fifth-worst rebounding team in the league needed a big body. There are pluses and minuses to this long-term, $72 million deal.

Okafor's health has been a nagging concern since his rookie season and now the Bobcats are committed to him for the next six years. He isn't always consistent offensively -- last season he averaged five points during a four game stretch and posted 17 in the next four match ups -- and continues to struggle at the free throw line (57% FT).

Solid big men are a hot commodity in the NBA, however, and the Bobcats do not have to look for one until 2014. While he may struggle to find consistency at the basket, Okafor is reliable on the defensive end as the team's leading rebounder (10.7 rpg) and ranked eighth overall in the league. Okafor also posted 39 double-doubles last season, good for 11th in the NBA and more than LeBron James, Tyson Chandler, and Amare Stoudemire.

Okafor's health is key to the Bobcats success and he is looking to have his second consecutive injury-free season. If Alexis Ajinca turns out to be an NBA-ready center (although that does not seem promising in the near future), Okafor can play the power forward where he won't get banged around in the paint as much. The combination of Okafor, Jason Richardson, Gerald Wallace, and Raymond Felton will only grow stronger with time and has the potential to develop into a playoff contender.

Ryan Hollins: re-signed to one-year deal
Grade: C
The grade for Ryan Hollins reflects his play: average. He has yet to make an impact in his first two seasons and is hoping third time is a charm under Brown. The Bobcats retained him for little money (just under $1 million), so if he does not exhibit signs of improvement they can cut ties without breaking the bank. Hollins appeared in 60 games last season and can kill time while Okafor needs a breather, but beyond that he has not shown that he can be a consistent contributor off the bench.

Players Acquired via the Draft

D.J. Augustin: 9th overall pick in 2008 NBA Draft
Grade: A-
Drafting D.J. Augustin was a surprise considering Raymond Felton was given the keys to the team last season. This grade is based on Augustin's talent and the Bobcats got a steal at the ninth spot.

Augustin has a true point guard mentality -- just make the team better. He was a college teammate of Kevin Durant so he already has experience feeding the ball to a standout, a trait he thinks will help him play with the best in the NBA. He isn't looking to steal the spotlight, either, and recently told HOOPSWORLD that he wants to learn from Felton, not take his starting role.

The 20-year-old showcased off his offensive game at the Las Vegas Summer League, dropping 30 points on the Golden State Warriors and averaging 20 points and four rebounds altogether. The question is, however, will the Bobcats bury him on the bench or will he become their starting point guard? Designating him to a reserve role would be a waste of talent.

Alexis Ajinca: 20th overall pick in 2008 NBA Draft (acquired pick from Denver Nuggets)
Grade: D
The Bobcats were in the market for a big man when they drafted for Alexis Ajinca but he was hardly noticeable during summer league play. Ajinca averaged just five points per game in France last year and showed little improvement in Las Vegas. He went scoreless in three consecutive games and, at seven feet tall, averaged just over three boards. Ajinca also suffered a sprained knee and although MRIs were negative, he has to overcome more than just an injury to be NBA-ready. The Bobcats may realize Ajinca was undeserving of such a high pick.

Kyle Weaver: 38th overall pick in 2008 NBA Draft
Grade: INC
The Bobcats have yet to sign Kyle Weaver so it is too early to assess this acquisition. However the organization did get a good look at the big man at the Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 6.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. Weaver is an athletic perimeter defender and was named to the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team while at Washington State. If the Bobcats decide to ink Weaver, he could bring depth to the thin two-spot position.

Business to Be Done: The Bobcats may have a talent in their starting lineup but there are still questions to be answered in order to succeed next season

* The Bobcats have to address the state of their backcourt. Felton and Augustin are both point guards yet the team does not have a reliable shooting guard. Felton can shift to the two-spot but there have been no indications yet that Augustin will be given the keys to the team. Is there a trade coming in Felton's future or will the Bobcats have Augustin come off the bench until his contract is up?
* Can the Bobcats stay healthy? The team got their first injury-free season out of Okafor last year but lost Gerald Wallace for 20 games. Wallace's concussions are a reoccurring concern, especially since his teammates know he won't back down from playing hard. Sean May and Adam Morrison are both determined to play next season after rehabbing from season-ending injuries.
* The starting lineup boasts talent but what about the reserves? The Bobcats will look for Jared Dudley to step up in his sophomore season and also rely on veterans Nazr Mohammed and Matt Carroll for contributions off the bench. They already have 13 players on the books next season but may have to look for more to support their big names.


Total Off Season Grade: C
The Bobcats did little to better their team next season. They re-signed a big man who has not been able to get them to the postseason and drafted a talented point guard when they already have one. The depth of their bench is still a concern, and the fact that they traded away a future draft pick to acquire Ajinca also lowers their offseason grade.


http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=9679

black1605
08-04-2008, 03:46 PM
seems about right

homestarunner93
08-04-2008, 10:56 PM
Emeka Okafor: re-signed to six-year deal
Grade: B+
It wasn't that the Bobcats necessarily needed Emeka Okafor as much as the fifth-worst rebounding team in the league needed a big body. There are pluses and minuses to this long-term, $72 million deal.

Okafor's health has been a nagging concern since his rookie season and now the Bobcats are committed to him for the next six years. He isn't always consistent offensively -- last season he averaged five points during a four game stretch and posted 17 in the next four match ups -- and continues to struggle at the free throw line (57% FT).

Solid big men are a hot commodity in the NBA, however, and the Bobcats do not have to look for one until 2014. While he may struggle to find consistency at the basket, Okafor is reliable on the defensive end as the team's leading rebounder (10.7 rpg) and ranked eighth overall in the league. Okafor also posted 39 double-doubles last season, good for 11th in the NBA and more than LeBron James, Tyson Chandler, and Amare Stoudemire.

Okafor's health is key to the Bobcats success and he is looking to have his second consecutive injury-free season. If Alexis Ajinca turns out to be an NBA-ready center (although that does not seem promising in the near future), Okafor can play the power forward where he won't get banged around in the paint as much. The combination of Okafor, Jason Richardson, Gerald Wallace, and Raymond Felton will only grow stronger with time and has the potential to develop into a playoff contender.

Ryan Hollins: re-signed to one-year deal
Grade: C
The grade for Ryan Hollins reflects his play: average. He has yet to make an impact in his first two seasons and is hoping third time is a charm under Brown. The Bobcats retained him for little money (just under $1 million), so if he does not exhibit signs of improvement they can cut ties without breaking the bank. Hollins appeared in 60 games last season and can kill time while Okafor needs a breather, but beyond that he has not shown that he can be a consistent contributor off the bench.

Players Acquired via the Draft

D.J. Augustin: 9th overall pick in 2008 NBA Draft
Grade: A-
Drafting D.J. Augustin was a surprise considering Raymond Felton was given the keys to the team last season. This grade is based on Augustin's talent and the Bobcats got a steal at the ninth spot.

Augustin has a true point guard mentality -- just make the team better. He was a college teammate of Kevin Durant so he already has experience feeding the ball to a standout, a trait he thinks will help him play with the best in the NBA. He isn't looking to steal the spotlight, either, and recently told HOOPSWORLD that he wants to learn from Felton, not take his starting role.

The 20-year-old showcased off his offensive game at the Las Vegas Summer League, dropping 30 points on the Golden State Warriors and averaging 20 points and four rebounds altogether. The question is, however, will the Bobcats bury him on the bench or will he become their starting point guard? Designating him to a reserve role would be a waste of talent.

Alexis Ajinca: 20th overall pick in 2008 NBA Draft (acquired pick from Denver Nuggets)
Grade: D
The Bobcats were in the market for a big man when they drafted for Alexis Ajinca but he was hardly noticeable during summer league play. Ajinca averaged just five points per game in France last year and showed little improvement in Las Vegas. He went scoreless in three consecutive games and, at seven feet tall, averaged just over three boards. Ajinca also suffered a sprained knee and although MRIs were negative, he has to overcome more than just an injury to be NBA-ready. The Bobcats may realize Ajinca was undeserving of such a high pick.

Kyle Weaver: 38th overall pick in 2008 NBA Draft
Grade: INC
The Bobcats have yet to sign Kyle Weaver so it is too early to assess this acquisition. However the organization did get a good look at the big man at the Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 6.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. Weaver is an athletic perimeter defender and was named to the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team while at Washington State. If the Bobcats decide to ink Weaver, he could bring depth to the thin two-spot position.

Business to Be Done: The Bobcats may have a talent in their starting lineup but there are still questions to be answered in order to succeed next season …

* The Bobcats have to address the state of their backcourt. Felton and Augustin are both point guards yet the team does not have a reliable shooting guard. Felton can shift to the two-spot but there have been no indications yet that Augustin will be given the keys to the team. Is there a trade coming in Felton's future or will the Bobcats have Augustin come off the bench until his contract is up?
* Can the Bobcats stay healthy? The team got their first injury-free season out of Okafor last year but lost Gerald Wallace for 20 games. Wallace's concussions are a reoccurring concern, especially since his teammates know he won't back down from playing hard. Sean May and Adam Morrison are both determined to play next season after rehabbing from season-ending injuries.
* The starting lineup boasts talent but what about the reserves? The Bobcats will look for Jared Dudley to step up in his sophomore season and also rely on veterans Nazr Mohammed and Matt Carroll for contributions off the bench. They already have 13 players on the books next season but may have to look for more to support their big names.


Total Off Season Grade: C
The Bobcats did little to better their team next season. They re-signed a big man who has not been able to get them to the postseason and drafted a talented point guard when they already have one. The depth of their bench is still a concern, and the fact that they traded away a future draft pick to acquire Ajinca also lowers their offseason grade.
Kyle Weaver is a guard, not a "big man." Also, what do you call J-Rich? I would say he's a pretty reliable SG.

DerekRE_3
08-04-2008, 11:13 PM
Kyle Weaver is a guard, not a "big man." Also, what do you call J-Rich? I would say he's a pretty reliable SG.

It's hoopsworld...they aren't that great.

mac12490
08-05-2008, 12:24 AM
not a reliable shooting guard? j-rich made the 4th most 3's in NBA history last year and averaged like 20 points. ill say thats pretty reliable

Havoc52
08-05-2008, 12:57 AM
The one thing they didn't add to the evaluation of this off season is the acquisition of Larry Brown as head coach. IMO he should have been added just because he will do more with last year's acquisitions than Coach Vincent did. So with us having a proven coach now I feel it should bump that rating up at least to a B.

homestarunner93
08-05-2008, 08:41 PM
It's hoopsworld...they aren't that great.

Obviously...That article is borderline ********.

jjc0920
08-05-2008, 08:57 PM
Yeah, that article has minimal valid points, the rest is garbage.

29$JerZ
08-06-2008, 12:40 AM
Bobcats drafted D.J Augustin + Alexis Ajinca, re-signed Emeka, and fired Sam Vincent for Larry Brown. Yet their off-season grade is a C? The offseason is more than making trades, Bobcats have done nothing but improve IMO. Their grade is a B

fabian11593
08-08-2008, 02:58 AM
J-Rich is a good shooting guard. Nice Job Hoopsworld!!!! You've Done It Again!!!