So we are now 35 games into the season and the team is what it is at this point. We have had a chance to look at the where the Cats have improved (defense/young talent) and where they still need growth (leadership, consistency, finishing), Wanted to throw out a thread on how to improve the team through the draft. What kinds of players do we need and where?
Cho has not shown support of trading away picks/young players to make a splash/push into the five spot. I think he is looking to take the pieces he has and improve the team through the draft, Its a much more fun team to watch and see if how these guys grow. For me I can now see how a player here or there and player growth would really improve this team.
Here are some thoughts of areas to focus.
- Shooting with range. Bobcats cats can't do it. Tolliver currently leads the team on 3 pt%. Yuck. Spending a second rounder on a player like Shabazz Napier (UConn pt guard) or Fuqau Edwin (Seton Hall SF). Little Risk for a mid second rd pick but could they could grow into the position and both have shown some good consistency in range.
- Back up 2 guard. Gordon will be gone. Phew. Henderson may be gone after next year. Biggest need area? I believe in taking best talent at your spot in the draft but I think the 50/50 pick falls towards here. Best match in the upcoming draft? Gary Harris from Michigan State? Is he just to close to Henderson? Wayne Sheldon from Kansas?
- Back up point. I think Sessions contract is up this year. A passing point guard with size would be a nice compliment to Kemba. Samaj Christon from Xavier? Doesn't help with the shooting though. Thinking maybe with the Portland pick here.
- Defensive center with NBA size? Coach has them playing better on D but how much better would the defense be with an intimidator on the back line? Willie Cauley from Kentucky?
Day dreaming into the new year for the 2014-2015 Charlotte Hornets.
Just as a reminder of where the team has come from..... Take a look at the 2011-2012 roster. Only three players from that team remain on the roster. Two of those guys were in their rookie year in 2011-2012
|G||14||Augustin, D. J.||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||November 10, 1987||Texas|
|F/C||0||Biyombo, Bismack||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)||245 lb (111 kg)||August 28, 1992||DR Congo|
|F||4||Brown, Derrick||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)||233 lb (106 kg)||September 7, 1987||Xavier|
|G||33||Carroll, Matt||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)||212 lb (96 kg)||August 28, 1980||Notre Dame|
|C||7||Diop, DeSagana||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)||280 lb (127 kg)||January 30, 1982||Oak Hill Academy (VA)|
|G||15||Henderson, Gerald||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||December 9, 1987||Duke|
|G||11||Higgins, Cory||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||June 14, 1989||Colorado|
|G/F||50||Maggette, Corey||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)||225 lb (102 kg)||November 12, 1979||Duke|
|F||9||Moon, Jamario||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||June 13, 1980||Meridian CC|
|C||22||Mullens, Byron||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)||275 lb (125 kg)||February 14, 1989||Ohio State|
|F||21||Nájera, Eduardo||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)||235 lb (107 kg)||July 11, 1976||Oklahoma|
|F||12||Thomas, Tyrus||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)||225 lb (102 kg)||August 17, 1986||LSU|
|G||1||Walker, Kemba||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)||184 lb (83 kg)||May 8, 1990||Connecticut|
|F||8||White, D. J.||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)||235 lb (107 kg)||August 31, 1986||Indiana|
|G/F||55||Williams, Reggie||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||September 14, 1986||Virginia Military|